There have been a couple of interesting posts over the last couple of days about Marvel’s interim deal with the Writer’s Guild of America. First up, in a long editorial about the deal, Don MacPherson wonders if the creators of Marvel’s comic books are getting anything from their Digital Comics Unlimited initiative:
These recent developments give one pause and give way to questions. Has Marvel factored this new revenue stream into its contracts with the men and women who create their content? If not, could Marvel justify any kind of resistance to such additional compensation in light of its sister company’s acquiescence to the demands of the WGA? Might comics writers and artists look at the WGA’s actions and see the advantage of organization and solidarity, leading to a similar labor entity in the North American comics business?
It’s possible these questions may be moot. For all I know, Marvel is ahead of the game and has already acknowledged an obligation to beef up its payment package for talent. Then again, it’s possible that Marvel sees the online venture as a life preserver in an ocean of business challenges such as shifts from print to broadcast and online advertising, the added costs of the afore-mentioned creator royalties and dwindling circulation numbers (at least as compared to the industry’s heyday decades ago).
Second, Johanna Draper Carlson wonders if Joe Quesada feels bad about crossing the picket line to appear on the Colbert Report. Or does Marvel’s recent deal with the WGA outweigh Quesada’s appearance on the writer-less show, as Jason M. Bryant said in our comments section yesterday? What say you, fandom?