Yesterday Bleeding Cool ran an article reporting on the current politics of charging for autographs at comic conventions and whether those that didn't, devalued the practice for others.
We updated with comments from Marv Wolfman and Neal Adams but there was plenty more to say.
Peter David wrote to Bleeding Cool to say, regarding Ben Templesmith's Tip Jar scheme,
I've actually instituted one at my table some months ago. Honestly, I put it in to simplify my life, because I got tired of fans asking if I charged for my signature. I'd always say no. Some seemed grateful, but many seemed confused: why wasn't I charging? So some months ago I put a tip jar on my table. And fans STILL ask me, but now I simply say, "I don't charge for signatures, but if you want to throw money in the tip jar, I won't refuse it." I leave it to the fans to decide, except in rare cases where they're bringing me, I dunno, like fifty books or something. Then I say, "For this much, please throw some money in the tip jar." Even then I don't get specific; I just say, "Whatever you can afford." I've been fascinated by the differences in what I get. Some fans have had me sign twenty, thirty books and left nothing. Others give me one book to sign and drop in ten bucks. So I guess it all evens out.
But plenty of people had lots to say… here are just a few examples.
I remember that day…
UPDATE: From the comments:
Gene Ha: I keep out a VOLUNTARY tip jar. But the idea that me charging $30 for a signature helps other creators is bunk.
Fans come in with a budget they try to stay under. Fans only have so much money, for books, signatures, prints, etc. The $10 or $30 I do NOT charge is extra money THEY WILL SPEND at another table