Labor Day and the Cost Of Doing Business in Comics
By Glenn Hauman
That's about how much it costs for an average page of comic book art, in terms of labor. Figure $100 for the writer, $150 for the penciller, $130 for the inker, $90 for the colorist, and $30 for the letterer.
Graphic novels? From scratch? You're looking at about 120 pages minimum--that's $60,000 in labor costs. Unless you're economizing and doing a lot of the work yourself, that's going to almost insurmountable unless it's commissioned by somebody--most writers don't have a spare $48,000 to spend on an outside artist.
By Todd Allen
For more on the subject, see Comic Books Featuring Indians.