From the comics rumor column "All the Rage"
is having trouble with the Battle of the Planets
. It seems that every page, every panel must be approved by owners Rhino Records, including the covers. The sticking point? It all has to look like the cartoon exactly and none of the guys they have under contract can do it, so they've had to go outside. Top Cow
were using Snakebite, of Red Star fame, to colour the book in an animated style but were quoted $20,000 a book to do the job. So Top Cow
have looked elsewhere"
I understand that when Top Cow
approached Red Star initially, they didn't tell them that Rhino had approval, just that Alex Ross
wanted to duplicate the acclaimed Red Star look, and learn how to replicate the Red Star production process hence the high quote.
Snakebite told me, "Every situation is different in the freelance world when it comes to billing. I have invested interest in The Red Star, I'm a partner. With Top Cow
all they wanted was to milk the love of Team Red Star and they wanted to pay me a crap rate to suck on my nipples. For me to take away time from The Red Star as well as my other ventures for a job that is paying me crap would've been a stupid decision and the thing that is getting me the attention in the first place would've suffered for a crap rate. How would professionals and fans alike look at me?
"Besides, they approached me, I wasn't looking for handouts or favors and that's how they sold the job to me, as a hand out and favor. Fooey, I say."
For additional stuff on Top Cow
and Battle of the Planets
see recent Newsarama articles.Top Cow
did not respond to enquiries.
This Has A Rumour Value Of 5 Out Of 10