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"ARTISTS ARE AUTHOR'S, TOO" BY GEORGE O'CONNOR
02:40pm / Sep 23, 2009
"Artists are Authors, too"







My name is George O'Connor, and I am a cartoonist and children's book author and illustrator. I doubt sincerely the below is a result of any malice but, if nothing else, it exposes an attitude towards under-crediting the illustrators of graphic novels prevalent in many institutions, and not only Amazon.



A while back I created an author page at Amazon.com (http://www.amazon.com/George-OConnor/e/B001H6U1PU/ref=ntt_dp_epwbk_1). An author page is meant to facilitate fans of your work and find other things that you have created.







Recently, I had written to Amazon to have a series of books where I was listed as illustrator added to my page. Upon review, they decided not only were these (totally unrelated) books not worthy of being added but, in addition, they removed my new graphic novel Ball-Peen Hammer and two other books that were already up on my page. The criteria for deletion they listed to me were: my name must be featured on cover (my name was on the cover of all the books in question) and I must have contributed a significant portion to the final book. Essentially, Amazon has decided, that as a cartoonist, I merely contribute a few pictures to the final work. We're only illustrators, it's the author who gets all the credit. I wrote them a very polite, yet angry letter (copied below), and also told the good folks at Roaring Brook and First Second. Let's see where this goes. A terrible precedent for graphic novelists.



"Author Central and Author Pages only support contributors who have

authored or co-authored a major portion of a work and whose name is

also featured on the title's cover"



My name is featured on the cover of all the titles that you have

flagged for rejection/deletion on my Amazon Author page, and I am

surprised that you would endeavor to make assumptions about the level

to which I contributed to the works in question without an individual

examination of the creative process behind each book.



On the graphic novel Ball-Peen Hammer, currently featured on my page

but now flagged for deletion (in response to my unrelated inquiry), I

find it borderline offensive to be under-credited in this way. Comics

are a synthesis of word and pictures, both sides working together

equally to tell a story. If this is currently Amazon's standard

practice to judge graphic novels by, I recommend a reexamination of

those practices.



I hope to hear back soon. I've also contacted my publishers on the

matter.



George O'Connor

geooco.blogspot.com
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Posted by: Darick Robertson
03:26pm / Sep 23, 2009
I understand you frustration, George. Thanks for being outspoken about it!
Posted by: Darick Robertson
03:29pm / Sep 23, 2009
(D'oh! Hit send too soon and unedited) Your frustration, that is.



I have seen many works I've done where the inker or colorist is credited on Amazon on a book that I co-created and own 50% rights to, yet my name was omitted for some reason. Usually just hitting that edit button and submitting my corrections was enough, usually no push back and it gets corrected, but I've yet to see anything where the writer was overlooked where my name was there without his.



Posted by: Dean Haspiel
03:38pm / Sep 23, 2009
I read many reviews for my collaborations with Harvey Pekar [specifically on THE QUITTER] and with Jonathan Ames on THE ALCOHOLIC, where they were listed as the sole author and it was incredibly frustrating. Comix collaborations between a writer and artist ALWAYS have, at least, two equal authors. Words AND Pictures. 'Nuff said.
Posted by: Jennifer Hayden
04:15pm / Sep 23, 2009
Outrageous--and you wrote a good letter. When I was in children's books, I was used to illustrators getting lots of respect--often their art was the selling point for the book. Why should cartoonists be any different?
Posted by: george of connor
06:51pm / Sep 23, 2009
Thought you all might like to see Amazon's response to my letter from yesterday-- same reasoning as before, same decision on their part:

Hello,



As mentioned in previous correspondence, our records indicate you are not the primary contributor of the titles in question. Currently, Author Central and Author Pages only support contributors who are primary authors or co-authors. A primary contributor is a person who has authored or co-authored a piece of work, whose name is also featured on the title's cover.



We recognize that the roles of others in collaborative efforts are important in the creation of many great books, and we do hope to support them in the future. We regret that it's not possible today. We won't be able to provide further insight or assistance for your request.



Thank you for contacting us.



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Posted by: Reilly Brown
11:33pm / Sep 23, 2009
God, stuff like that really gets on my nerves. I've always thought that artists on comics should be at least credited as co-authors. Anyone who thinks the same script produced by two different artists would create the same story has no clue about how graphic novels are created.

I like the way that Marvel puts people's names on the cover with no distinction of who contributed what. Sure, you can tell who's who if you're familiar with their system of ordering names, and you could look at the credits inside, but on the cover everyone's equal.



Amazon's a bunch of turds.