My Tripod Page
The Creator's Bill of Rights:
A Letter from Fernando Ruiz

I received this e-mail below from Fernando Ruiz on January 27, 2010. The topic was on the Creator’s Bill of Rights. The above artwork from Archie Comics’ "Football Star" is by (penciler) Fernando Ruiz and (inker) myself. -Al Nickerson

Always remember... Nobody can force you to sign a contract. This is true today and it was true in 1938. These "creator's rights issues" are a whole lot of nothing. They amount to the same amount of disingenuousness as when an artist takes on a job and then complains about the page rate. The work for hire agreement is what it is. If you don't like it, don't sign it. If you don't like the terms of a job, don't take that job on. I'm always beyond disgusted when I hear a fellow artist say, "They're paying me crap so I didn't try very hard!" Hey! If you agree to work for crap, you give them your best! Don't complain because they're paying you the rate you agreed to. Pass on the job if the terms are so offensive!

Regarding the grandaddy of all these creator's rights issues, the Siegel and Shuster case, read "Men of Tomorrow" by Gerard Jones. It offers a very sober and even-handed look at the Siegel and Shuster story.

Next: A Letter from Steve Bissette 6 Steve shares his opinions on comic book creators and the Creator’s Bill of Rights.

Stop by the Creator's Rights Forum to discuss this or any other of our creator’s rights topics.

The Creator’s Bill of Rights main webpage