Big Issues: Comic artists deserve greater recognition for their essential contributions

Each week, Big Issues focuses on a comic-book issue of significance. This week, it’s the ongoing debate regarding the treatment of artists in the industry and the disproportionate amount of attention they receive for their work compared to writers.

One of the longest-running discussions in comics is whether writers or artists are more important to the process, which is ridiculous because artists are the people who take a script and turn it into a comic book. Writers typically begin the process, but the artist is responsible for the huge shift from words to visuals, and that requires considerably more time and labor. Artists are the key element that makes a comic book a comic book, but their efforts are consistently diminished in an industry that gives greater significance to writers. Because of this, equal credit for artists has become a major talking point. The topic blew up this past …

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