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After looking at some of the atrocious asking prices on the DeviantArt forum I stumbled onto :iconjohnchalos:'s journal.

So our newest contributor was kind enough to let me re-post his journal here for your reading pleasure:

"Generally, the good graphic novels fetch $100 - $300 per page, although professionals who have been in the industry for a long time can command as much as three times that amount. In fact, one elite illustrator commanded as much as $1,000 a page (on a 22-page comic book)! Most of the popular titles that artists, like David Cassaday, work on are monthly issues, which end up providing him with a six-figure salary. The back-end royalties on merchandise, trade paperbacks and movie royalties are also generous."…

"In 2008, Sean Jordan, founder of Army Ant Publishing, claimed established freelance comic book artists were paid anywhere from $220 to $4,400 per book project, which breaks down to $10 to $200 per page. Pencil and inker artists can ask for $75 to $200 a page. Colorists often fall in the range of $35 to $125, and writers and letterers make $10 to $50 a page. A lucky few dozen famous artists working for top companies bring in $1,000 per page."…

"While, I'm at it, there's a big matzo ball sitting out there. Sean gives us a pretty good idea of his page rate, which works out to about $450 a page, inking included. We're not talking about a big name star in comics (yet), but that's a lot of cost for talent, especially, when you're talking about a guy whose known work was on moderate selling Vertigo books."…

"I highly encourage artists to NEVER charge less than minimum wage for their hourly rate when they are figuring out their prices. If you are going off the hourly as a way to figure out base prices. For the US, $7.25 is a very common minimum wage, so I suggest you round it up to $8 at least. Even at $8 an hour, your page rate should be $40 a page, assuming you spend 5 hours total on it. This method of figuring out your base really depends on tracking and making good use of your time. If your time is highly variable, you might need to use another method.

Another pricing strategy some amateurs/aspiring professionals take the base professional rate and half it as a way of figuring out their base price to break in and slowly raise their prices as they fall into more demand.

You may be tempted as an artist to under charge, and under value your skill. The fear of being denied a job because of charging a decent rate is a huge reason why artists don't get paid well. DO NOT UNDERCHARGE for your skill level. It devalues your work, and devalues every other artist's work too. Try to stay in line with other artists of your skill and resume level, and what you need to charge to cover your bills and make a living."…

"Figure $100 for the writer, $150 for the penciller, $130 for the inker, $90 for the colorist, and $30 for the letterer. Those numbers go up and down depending on talent and publishers, but that's a nice round number for us to work with."…

"Top comic book artists reportedly make around $500 per page; that figure varies depending on the artist's popularity and the publisher he is working for. The best comic book artists may make around $80,000 a year."…

"The first rule of freelancing is that paying work comes first. Love don't pay the rent."…

"Even if you are lucky enough to get an extended run on something, you're still not making $6,000 a month. Remember those extended production times? Yeah... these days, most comic book artists need more than a month to pencil a book, much less pencil AND ink a book. Some creators can, of course, but again, they're the exception. And to come in even CLOSE to the deadlines you have to work under in comics means a lot of long hours at the art table, 8-12 hours a day, depending on how fast you can draw."…

Check out his journal for more quotes and advice on Comic Artist pay-rate…

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Akiuonsen Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2014  Student Photographer
Is this group DEAD? No, I disagree! 
MARR-PHEOS Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2014
I think the group is okay, imo DA overall is much slower than it's been in a long while.
KirbBrimstone Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2014
Oh no, it's quite alive. Why do you ask?
Akiuonsen Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2014  Student Photographer
Check the deviation submissions, will you? No, I disagree! 
KirbBrimstone Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2014
Ok. I did. I still don't understand what you mean.
Franchesco Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2014
Thank you, DIVERGENT MUSE!!  :w00t:
johnchalos Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2014  Professional General Artist
Thanks for including me here.
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You're very Welcome.
devBabar Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank u for accepting :)
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