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John Byrne
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Posted: 22 May 2018 at 10:15am | IP Logged | 1 post reply

I've mentioned before that Marvel's statements have become incredibly precise and detailed. A long way from the days of "Oh, we can't keep track of all that stuff!"

Well, today I received a check for a little over $1,100, attached to a statement 75 pages long! Some of the payments were for as little as 15!

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Charles Valderrama
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Posted: 22 May 2018 at 10:23am | IP Logged | 2 post reply

WOW... curious.... does the statement cover only your printed work, or other adaptations of your work?

-C!
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Posted: 22 May 2018 at 10:27am | IP Logged | 3 post reply

These cover everything.
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Rebecca Jansen
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Posted: 22 May 2018 at 11:00am | IP Logged | 4 post reply

I've seen some music industry things like that, and it too used to be more of a 'trust us' situation with the exact opposite in terms of keeping track. Something like 15 cents sounds like your fraction of some licensing agreement made with a party balloons manufacturer in Boliiva. :^)
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Eric Ladd
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Posted: 22 May 2018 at 11:03am | IP Logged | 5 post reply

I would have loved to see the work that went into all the identification of contributions in the library. Some group of people went through all that licensing and cataloged everyone's contributions so they could make the payments. As JB mentioned, it wasn't necessarily done prior to the purchase of the company.
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Posted: 22 May 2018 at 2:09pm | IP Logged | 6 post reply

Will you get a hefty chunk of change for the upcoming X-Men Dark Phoenix movie?  If so, how would your cut be figured out...is it based on the sales of the movie at the theater or a simple percentage based on the character creation?  Regardless, it's nice to see that your contributions are being rewarded.
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Posted: 22 May 2018 at 11:34pm | IP Logged | 7 post reply

Time to buy another giant robot; maybe a second Robby with an Altair-4 taxi vehicle around it to idle in the garage... and an Anne Francis to go with it.

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Michael Sommerville
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Posted: 23 May 2018 at 6:50pm | IP Logged | 8 post reply

Is it possible your page number is so high is because your hand was so prolific in so many different ideas and stories through the 70's and 80's. You and your compatriots from that era were a part of many of the foundations the comics and movies are building upon.
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Ted Pugliese
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Posted: 25 May 2018 at 6:53am | IP Logged | 9 post reply

John, if I may be so bold, do you get them quarterly?
My wife gets her royalties or residuals quarterly from
Sag, et. al. I wonder if it works the same way for
comics or you.
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Eric Kleefeld
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Posted: 25 May 2018 at 10:20am | IP Logged | 10 post reply

Well, at least it was all compiled into just one check!

Edited by Eric Kleefeld on 25 May 2018 at 10:55am
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Brian Hughes
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Posted: 25 May 2018 at 10:30am | IP Logged | 11 post reply

JB, do you get royalties when your work shows up in a coloring book like this?


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John Byrne
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Posted: 25 May 2018 at 11:05am | IP Logged | 12 post reply

Well, that might explain some of the REALLY tiny numbers!

Along such lines, I was in CVS this morning and spotted a Father's Day card using the alternate cover to MAN OF STEEL 1. Lenticular, no less!

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Posted: 25 May 2018 at 11:34am | IP Logged | 13 post reply

Is there any way you could ask them to save the paper, and just email you the itemization as a PDF file?
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Posted: 25 May 2018 at 7:38pm | IP Logged | 14 post reply

That card sounds AWESOME. I would have bought that in a heartbeat.
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Posted: 25 May 2018 at 7:44pm | IP Logged | 15 post reply

Is there any way you could ask them to save the paper, and just email you the itemization as a PDF file?

They already do both.

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Posted: 26 May 2018 at 1:41pm | IP Logged | 16 post reply

This whole situation wth royalties make me really sick!I have seen similar examples all over the net.To set things clear i understand for the creators to have a fee on their reprinted work.What trully annoys me is the fact that they do it for a lifetime!All this should change!!!!someone who is born in 1990, 2000,2010 and reads the dark phoenix saga for ex they are all tottaly new readers!I think it is different to sell something to someone who could have it availiable when it was published and totally different to a whole new generation!So in my opinion with each decade that passes the percetance of the royalties sould encrease multiple times !At least 50% of the profits sould go to the creators!They publish material to a whole new  readership audience out of thin....air!That is NOT FAIR!!!!
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Posted: 26 May 2018 at 7:33pm | IP Logged | 17 post reply

There's no reason for royalties to increase. An equitable division, based on sales, is quite good enough.
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Lars Sandmark
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Posted: 12 June 2018 at 4:21pm | IP Logged | 18 post reply


JB wrote:
"...I was in CVS this morning and spotted a Father's Day card using the alternate cover to MAN OF STEEL 1. Lenticular, no less!"

I wrote:
"I would have bought that in a heartbeat!"

So I decided to go looking for this card at the Hallmark store.
I bought TWO.


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Posted: 12 June 2018 at 4:44pm | IP Logged | 19 post reply

One to read, one to bag 'n' board?
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Posted: 12 June 2018 at 5:17pm | IP Logged | 20 post reply

Ha!
Precisely.

This is no different from the times I bought Matchbox dinky cars with JB art work on the cardback.*

Collectors collect. I ain't even gonna try to stop!
(I'm happy to have the Canadian issued stamps of JBs MOS 1 cover as well.)


*One with the same artwork, from MOS #1, the other a She-Hulk lifted from interior FF pages (if memory serves).



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Posted: 13 June 2018 at 1:57pm | IP Logged | 21 post reply

JB, I notice that Marvel movie and TV credits sometimes give you thanks. When that happens, do they also give you some monetary compensation or is that a whole other thing?
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