I am a writer/filmmaker who has wanted to write a graphic novel for a long time. I can't draw for the life of me and with so many great artists out there I probably shouldn't try. But one thing that has stopped me from hiring an artist is concern over cost.
There are lots of tools out there to help artists determine what to charge, but it seems less so to help people like me determine what to pay. Especially since I am one of those starving artists who doesn't much understand money and isn't super comfortable even talking about it.
So I thought you guys could maybe give me a clue on what kind of pricing I might expect. To give a better idea of specifics, here's some info:
Basic description of the job
Graphic novel, about 30 pages. An average of maybe 6 panels a page. Finished quality ink work. Color (unless you have a really sweet Black and White style you do).
Figuring a budget is really where this post comes from so it is hard to say for sure. But for the sake of the forum, lets say $500.
Deadline would be a graduated system. As in 1 page per every X days. Specifics could be worked out in a fair way, as long as deadlines were adhered to.
Print Comic Book, to be shopped around looking for distributor. Also potential for using it as an episodic web comic.
The comic is titled "Isaac Newton is The Most Dangerous Son of A Bitch in Space." Genre is sci-fi comedy. It's about Isaac Newton, tough as nails space cop/mathematician in the year 3000. The Chief of Space Police assigns him a new partner in an effort to control Newton's reckless behavior. But Newton is going to get his man no matter how many space stations he has to blow up, and he's going to use math to do it (and guns).
I'd kind of like to keep the discussion open, so I can learn more about what artists think is fair to work for. However if you like you can also send me a private message on this forum. I can't promise every message will get a reply, but it will certainly be read and appreciated.