Which Comic Creators Charge How Much For Signing A Comic?

Bleeding Cool has been following the debate as to whether comic creators should charge to sign their comics at conventions.

The arguments against are that the fans have already bought the comic and paid to get into the show, and the show has often paid for the creator to appear there, so any extra charge is scalping the fans.

The arguments for are that the creators time and branding are worth money, those that sign for free devalue both themselves and other creators who charge, and who find themselves undercut. That no one objects to being paid for signing for the likes of Dynamic Forces or if you're a wrestler. And people flip signed items for profit on eBay…

fri40Many creators also donate the money earned at such events to a worthy cause. Well, here are some fees charged at recent shows as reported by attendees. Feel free to correct them or add new ones.

On the floor/during the show – per comic

Stan Lee – $60-$100
Rob Liefeld – $10-$60 (for New Mutants #98)
Humberto Ramos – $10-$20
Edgar Delgado – $5 CGC grading signings
Neal Adams – $30
Whilce Portacio – $10-$20
Bill Sienkiewicz – 2 for free, $2.50 after, $10 for CGC/David Spurlock
Charles Soule – $10 CGC grading signings
John Romita Jr – three for free, then $2. $10 for CGC grading.
Len Wein – $5, $20 CGC grading signings, $25 for Hulk 181, Giant Size X-Men #1 or House of Secrets #92.
Joe Rubinstein – $2-$50 (for Wolverine)
Greg Horn – $20 GameStop variants
Victor Olazaba – $10
Matteo Scalera – $20 CGC grading signings

1e66de96-ff89-4db5-a59b-7d066f685f48Fiona Staples – $20 CGC grading signings
Klaus Janson– $20 CGC grading signings
Mike Grell – $3
Bob Camp – $30
Alex Saviuk – $5
Fabian Nicieza – $10 Deadpool/X-Force related
Gerry Conway – $5
Pat Brodrick – $3
Arvell Jones – $3
Jose Delbo – $5
Mike Zeck – $5
John Beatty – $4
Keith Pollard – $5
Jimmy Palmiotti & Amanda Conner – free for 5 books, $2 after, $5 for CGC.

Tip Jar- pay whatever you want

Ben Templesmith
Peter David

Private signing, off the show floor

Jim Lee – $30

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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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