Monday afternoon brought us some disturbing words from artist Tony Moore, whose work has graced the pages of The Walking Dead, Fear Agent, and the new Venom series coming from Marvel Comics. Moore tweeted on Monday that some of the pages he sent out for the Venom series were damaged when they arrived at their destination, while other pages were missing.
“Box of Venom pages arrived at inker’s tampered with, half the pages missing. Others damaged. I think I’m gonna be sick.”
Earlier this evening, Moore posted that five pages of the art for Venom #1 had been stolen.
“5 of my Venom #1 pages have been stolen. Art dealers and collectors please keep an eye out as I would like to have them back. Please repost
Fortunately, there were high resolution scans of the pages, so the work was not completely lost, but it is still a big deal because it is money lost that Moore would get for selling those pages to legitimate art collectors. It used to be that comics companies would gain ownership of the artist’s work once it was turned in, but these days, artists get the original pages back. These pages are then generally split with the inker and they are then sold to fans or collectors. These sales are a big part of an artist’s income, and an artist of Moore’s popularity can lose a significant amount of money.
Fans looking forward to this series shouldn’t be too concerned about delay, but as Moore said, if you see these pages being sold online or anywhere else, contact him. There’s no excuse for this kind of thing.