DC Comics traerá cambios a su estructura

By Manuel Perez

Como parte de los cambios que han ocurrido actualmente en la industria de comics, DC Comics decidio tomar unos cambios significativos. En una carta publicada por los coeditores de DC Comics Dan Didio y Jim Lee revelaron que a partir de junio 1 de este año revelaron que las ventas digitales e impresas no serán vistas como diferentes. Las ventas digitales ahora se añaden a las ventas de impresión. Creadores reciben pago adicional basado en números y las ventas digitales ahora se utiliza para los pagos de participación.

Ademas los coloristas finalmente serán apreciados. Esto al tener su apellido en la portada junto al escritor, artista y entintador. Esto es algo que finalmente tenia que ocurrir ya que estos son esenciales para el issue. Actualmente los equipos creativos pueden estar viviendo en diferentes países, por lo que DC Comics estará pagando de forma electrónica al empleado que desee.

Esto se realizo principalmente para mantener a sus equipos creativos contento en esta era diferente en la manera administrativa. A continuacion la carta realizada por DiDio y Johns

Thank you for taking the recent DC Entertainment (DCE) Talent Survey. We know your time is important, and appreciate your feedback. We truly value the information you provided and your honest thoughts about how we can further enhance our relationship, which is vital in helping DCE maintain the highest standards of excellence as we continue to strive to be the premier destination for top talent.

We have reviewed the findings from our survey partner and appreciate that a very high percentage of our talent took the time to send us feedback. We heard that you enjoy working for DCE, you take pride in being associated with DCE’s brands and iconic characters and that you appreciate the support and guidance provided by our editors and internal teams. You also let us know that creative collaboration and open lines of communication with all aspects of the company are vital to you and to your ability to tell the best stories.

Over the coming months, we will be examining the areas of the business that are important to you. We expect to prioritize the development of new programs to further enhance our relationship with our talent community.

Additionally, we have news to share regarding a project we have been working on for some time, which, we are pleased to report, was validated to a great extent by our survey findings. We will be rolling out a new, modernized participations payment plan effective July 1, 2014.

DCE’s current participation plan dates back over 30 years and was created for a simpler and very different marketplace. The current plan no longer reflects today’s business landscape where comics are sold in a variety of formats and through a myriad of sales channels. Ultimately we made the decision that the best path forward was to create an entirely new plan that covers new work going forward. Great care and consideration went into building this new participations structure and we feel that it provides both us and all of you with a fair, competitive, and versatile plan for the future.

There are a few significant differences between this new plan and what DCE has offered in the past. Perhaps the biggest difference is that all participations will now be calculated based upon DCE’s net revenue from a book’s sale rather than on the cover price. This change gives us more flexibility to sell our material in new distribution channels that have different pricing models.

Also, physical and digital sales will no longer be treated separately. Digital sales will now be added to print sales and the sum will count towards achieving the sales threshold which triggers participation payments.

We’ve also standardized sales thresholds for all periodicals. There are no longer separate thresholds and percentages by channel (direct market vs. digital vs. newsstand). We’ve also added a threshold for collected editions. The new thresholds and percentages are designed to generously reward high sales performance.

We are pleased to announce the very welcome addition of Color Artists to the participations pool. Color Artists will receive moving forward cover credit for their work alongside Writers, Pencilers and Inkers. In addition, Digital First talent will now be eligible to receive additional compensation and share financially in the success of their books.

In addition, DCE is modernizing our systems for both reporting participations and making payments. Beginning July 1st, all reporting under the new structure will be sent electronically. Also, those of you who live in the United States will now be able to receive your payments via direct deposit. Information on how to sign up for direct deposit payments will be sent to you shortly from the Talent Relations department. International talent will continue to receive payment via wire. We’re very happy to offer these upgrades, which will result in getting paid faster.

And last, beginning on July 1st, DCE will begin transitioning to the use of electronic service agreements. The work-for-hire service agreements that historically have been transacted on paper will now be handled electronically and sent to and from your editor via email. We are confident this will make the process quicker and more efficient for everyone.

We recognize this is a lot of information to take in, and we anticipate you may have questions. The DCE Talent Relations team is well-informed in the new participations plan and looks forward to discussing with you any inquiry you may have. Feel free to reach out to the team at [REDACTED].

DCE is committed to being the publisher of choice for top talent in the industry and to further strengthening our relationship with our talent ensuring that together we continue to create the comics we can all be proud of. Thank you and we look forward to working with you throughout the year.

Dan & Jim

DC Entertainment Co-Publishers