What do you think a reasonable price for an ongoing 4-koma or the Bliss Stage: Rapid Eye Movement webcomic would be, honestly? I can't pay much up front, but there are profit shares and additional payment on completion.
How many updates and when? To be honest, I don't think I can commit to another webcomic; I've got three on the go already. But that's the sort of question you need to answer when looking for comickers. You can check out [Sonia Leong's commission page] for a good idea of what British comickers might charge (bear in mind she is a proper professional, unlike me). I have never done a comic at a professional per page basis, but I think between £50 and £150 is a fair rate ($87-$237, approximately) - SunKitten
I'll check for the purposes of Bliss Stage: REM, but the 4 panel gag comics would be black and white, fairly small, and also be finite. Character based humor. - TsundereLightning
For the card game, each set I would ask you to do would include 36 images, for print, to be scaled down to 2.25" wide and 3.25" tall (standard playing card size). I would want black and white sketches for same for $10 each by the end of March, and would give you 1 out of 50 shares of the profit. Name your price for the finished full color set by Fanime in August. The number of shares per set will NEVER increase; I would re-negotiate for the second block (this is the open beta and first set block) -TsundereLightning
I have no idea what you mean when you're talking about shares, sorry! As for prices - I would charge about £10 for an inked image ($10 is £6). Coloured - maybe £20-£30 total, including the inking. I'm basing that on a rate of £10 per hour; some images would take longer than others. If the finished full set is 36 cards, that'd come to £900, which is about $1,425. Bear in mind this is 2-3 hours of my time per card, which is about an evening after work per card, and that's a lot of free time. I need to want to do a large project like this. Have you any more specifics? There are proper professionals around who might be interested, too - I'm not sure how much they'd charge, but I can put you in contact with them - SunKitten
By "1 of 50 profit shares" I mean that for every dollar of the card game that makes a profit, you would earn $0.02 cents. And that would be for the inked images £360, or $600 - a bit out of my price range right now. I had hoped that offering shares of future profit would be an interesting incentive... doesn't mean I can't ask for it later or we can't re-negotiate, but not now. Do put me in contact with some people tho. -TsundereLightning
Ah. I'm afraid that offering a share of future profit probably isn't going to be an inducement without something to back it up - a guaranteed publisher for the game, for example, or proof of past sales. As to price, I'm afraid I suspect that that's cheaper than most would charge - like I say, I'm not a professional. Bear in mind that the minimum wage in England is over £5 per hour, so charging £10 per hour for skilled labour is pretty cheap, and most of the artists I know would charge the same or more. That said, it's still worth asking. When you do, be precise and detailed - the card game description is fine, but the comic description's a bit vague, I'm afraid.
So, artists - and do check their sites in case they have a commissions page. Sonia's is linked above:
Also, try advertising on Sweatdrop again - if you have a lower budget, you may find someone younger who isn't trying to earn a living from their art, who has time and is willing to work as more of a partner in the project. Many of the younger artists on Sweatdrop forums are horrendously talented ;) Good luck! - SunKitten