This is a series I call “So You’re a Cartoonist?” which deals with all of the typical questions or remarks I receive whenever I tell people that I draw cartoons for a living.
This is a true story. My comic series Formera (originally called FlashBack) was available for free online. When my publisher picked me up, I was under contract to not give away my comic for free like that, so I was forced to pull them from the internet. As a result I was called a “sellout” for having my series picked up.
I’ve never understood the mentality that an artist shouldn’t be allowed to make money doing what they love. All professions make money, doctors, lawyers, animators, actors, pilots, musicians, etc... why is it wrong for an “artist” to make money?
I believe that the term “sellout” has become corrupted over time. A better example would be if I started making comics for a company I didn’t morally agree with, but because of how much money they were paying me, I did it anyway. THAT would constitute selling out. But making my OWN comics and selling my OWN work... that’s not selling out. That’s just trying to make a living.