Friday, August 20, 2010
I've touched upon this point many times on my personal blog, but I think it needs to be brought up again.
Everybody I currently work for I respect, and they respect me. We treat each other with respect. Working for these persons is a pleasant experience. I do not invite working situations into my life in which I am disrespected. Being in a situation where you are treated with disrespect is not worth the money you are being paid. Even if you think you can deal with the disrespect -- believe me, it will take its toll on you eventually.
So it's a fundamental part of working and being happy and fulfilled: R-E-S-P-E-C-T.
As I've mentioned before in other posts, I've often found myself in the position where other people (friends or strangers) confide in me about being disrespected in the comic book industry. Part of the reason I started the Comics Revolution Mailing List is to remind myself (nay, immerse myself) in all the positivity Comics has to offer -- like bleach for my soul to counteract all the scary stories and cautionary tales.
Here's just a point to ponder and leave you with.
If people in the industry really stood up to incidences of extreme disrespect -- just came together and said "no, this is not cool" -- it would help with the most serious and virulent cases. I hear things like "well, this has been going on for years and it's just an absolute nightmare disaster that's killing me inside like a cancer." Well, as much as telling me privately is therapeutic (I guess) -- unless people in this industry stand up and demand respect these things will not change.
We in the comics industry are not simple hobbyists just doing something that doesn't matter and isn't serious business. We are in one of the most exciting and important forms of art in the world. We need to be treated with that level of respect at all times, the same level that people in other industries and media enjoy. We have certain basic rights: being paid fair wages, being treated with professionalism, and being respected.
And if we do not set the bar high for ourselves, if we do not have standards -- then we ultimately get what we deserve. Which is to be treated like eternal interns, eternal children, cowering cogs in a fearsome machine. To be treated as if Comics is doing us the favor by even looking in our direction. We -- even moreso than the publishers -- set the tone for how we are ultimately treated.
We have to be the Change.
Posted by Verge at 12:24 PM