British comic book writer Kieron Gillen has revealed what it is like to work with Image Comics and to own the rights to his own work in a Reddit Ask Me Anything (AMA).
Here is an excerpt:
Control is the main thing. You control almost everything at Image. That is both a boon and a problem. You get to do everything is the plus. You have to do everything is the minus. (I exaggerate – Image do give support in key areas, and are very good at many things, but the vast majority of the production problems are your problems.)
“Owning the rights” isn’t really what you think. That makes it cold. That it’s yours is the difference. No-one can do anything to this. You are not serving any other master. You are your own boss. You are decorating your own house.