Another Creator Claims Non-Payment From Bluewater, This Time For A Laura Ingraham Biography

Bleeding Cool has covered the various publishing operations of Darren Davis — as Bluewater Comics, Stormfront Comics, and Storm Comics — specialising in publishing autobiographical volumes in the wake of the 2008 elections. And, of course, we've been covering the many creators who claim lack of payment or non-payment over the years, as well as the back-end work-for-hire contracts that remain unique in the industry.

Time to add another. Jerome Maida posted to his Facebook page:

Wow! Nothing like doing the script for a comic book and having it be published without your knowledge or any attempt at compensation! Let me start from the beginning.

From 2010-2011 I did a BUNCH of bio comics for Bluewater Comics, who have changed their name twice since. I did bios on Al Franken, Bill O'Reilly, Richard Nixon, Glenn Beck and Jon Stewart, among others. I never got paid a dime for these, which is the way Darren Davis operates.

Another Creator Claims Non-Payment From Bluewater, This Time For A Laura Ingraham BiographyThen I really got screwed when I spent weeks writing a script for a "Hunt for Bin Laden" graphic novel, that was published in partnership with Simon & Schuster, and which I was supposed to receive a nice advance and royalties on. The book was published – it was even in chains like Borders! – and I was told I would not be receiving a cent because Davis, without my consent, allegedly traded the advance for the foreign rights!

Of course, when I asked for documentation, none was forthcoming! That was the last thing I wrote that was published by Davis, since I had written a script for a Laura Ingraham comic that he said he cancelled due to lack of preorders. But at least I negotiated a deal where my friend, Mark Sparacio, got compensated for doing the cover. Again, I didn't get a dime.

Flash forward to today. I'm looking to see if the Los Angeles library has Laura Ingraham's new book. They do! Then I see the cover for that comic I wrote years ago. The Laura Ingraham comic is available by e-book at the library! And I was never even informed it was published!

Can't anything be done about this bastard!? Does anyone know a good lawyer?! I can't imagine the number of people he's still screwing over.

Darren Davis did not respond to email enquiries. The listing of the comic book in question can be found here.

About Rich Johnston

Founder of Bleeding Cool. The longest-serving digital news reporter in the world, since 1992. Author of The Flying Friar, Holed Up, The Avengefuls, Doctor Who: Room With A Deja Vu, The Many Murders Of Miss Cranbourne, Chase Variant. Lives in South-West London, works from Blacks on Dean Street, shops at Piranha Comics. Father of two. Political cartoonist.

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