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A Letter from Steve Bissette 6

I received the below letter from Steve Bissette on January 27, 2010. Steve Bissette shares his opinions on comic book creators and the Creator’s Bill of Rights. -Al Nickerson


Some creators resent the Bill because they deed 'authority' to some perceived 'higher' position: as if they expect publishers to take care of them, their interests, and detest any thought to the contrary.

Some creators resent the Bill because, frankly, they don't want to deal with the business of comics. Of making a living. Of being responsible for oneself and one's work.

Others -- oh, I don't know. They resent having anything spelled out as 'rights.'

Rights imply obligations.

Some never learn; some learn the hard way (and sometimes too late).

I just don't know. Having seen the fortunes and situations of key creators of my own generation so sorely impacted by their own (sometime stubborn) refusal to engage with all it requires just makes me sad.

Such is life.

I do my best to teach my kids and my students otherwise -- to know their rights, to defend them, use them, and take care of themselves.

It's the best I can do with the time and arenas I have....

Steve B

Next: A Letter from Dave Sim 22 Dave responds to Al Nickerson's blog post "Comics and Work-Made-for-Hire: Creator’s Rights", as well as "A letter from Erik Larsen 3", "A letter from Fernando Ruiz", and "A letter from Steve Bissette 6".

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