While Bryan Hitch’s high-profile departure from Marvel has been grabbing headlines lately, he’s not the only artist whose exclusive contract with a publisher has just ended, as Jamal Igle has announced that he’s no longer a DC Comics exclusive creator:
Frankly, this has been a long time coming,While I was very happy for many years to be exclusive, There comes a time when you’re ready to move on. There’s no animosity, in fact just the opposite. I’ve never been calmer or more centered than I have since I made this decision. I was forced to turn down a lot of outside opportunities while I was exclusive because I was so busy that I couldn’t take them on or contractually unable to do them.
So what does this mean?
Well, for one I already have a some comics work coming up, which will be announced soon, as well as securing other work in and out of the industry. I’m also available for work as well. I’ll be taking private commissions and developing some projects and pitching some of the creator owned concepts I’ve been working on over the last few years.
He adds that this doesn’t mean he’ll never work for DC again, although he adds that he’s not been offered anything beyond the end of the current Ray series. Weirdly enough, I was just wondering why we’ve not seen any Igle work at Marvel recently… Perhaps it was some strange premonition; I can see him paring well with Mark Bagley on an Avengers book or something.