WHO ARE WE?
We are a volunteer-run organization that aims to improve and protect the careers of comics workers globally. We are artists, letterers, colorists, writers. We are online, we are in your local comics shop, we are in your library- we’re everywhere. Who aren’t we?
Cartoonists and other sequential arts industry workers are often treated as disposable by the companies that employ us and publish our work. Even entirely self-published authors struggle to deal with the intense pressures of getting their work into the hands of readers or just making comics in the first place. We’re forced into unhealthy and unsustainable schedules, strong armed into terrible rates, and rarely ever receive future returns on our hard work. For our medium to continue growing, this needs to stop.
IN DECEMBER OF 2022…
Our founders, united via the internet, got to talking about the inability for workers in our industry to unionize. There are union groups for specific employers, but none for comics as a whole like there are for other industries. We may not be able to legally unite, but nothing was preventing us from cooperating with each other, right?
Over the course of three months and with a lot of elbow grease, The Cartoonists Cooperative was born.
For a multi-billion dollar international industry with an ever-increasing readership, we demand better. Comics cannot continue to grow while creators young and old die for someone else’s bottom line. By connecting with each other and spreading education and resources, we can build a better industry with our own hands.
We may be solitary workers, but that doesn’t mean we don’t need each other.