For some reason, this post I wrote in February 2012 popped up on my feed; it was called Comics Crisis: Doujinshi Nation and at the time, people seemed to think that Gary Friedrich’s loss in his Ghost Rider suit—and Marvel’s subsequently telling him he owed them $17,000 for selling unauthorized Ghost Rider merch was viewed as maybe the beginning of the end of Artist Alley. Even at the time, people who worked at large corporations were telling me off the record that this probably wouldn’t happen, and so far, it doesn’t seem to. In fact, while the many worries about how to make a living in any creative field remain, the one thing I thought while re-reading it was that artist Ulises Farinas seems to work pretty steady now (including Judge Dredd, above). So maybe things have actually improved for a few people?
Heidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she worked for Disney, DC Comics, Fox and Publishers Weekly. She can be heard regularly on the More To Come Podcast. She likes coffee, cats and noble struggle.