Hard workers would be lying if they said they didn't like doing absolutely nothing every once in a while.
Welp, here we go.
So this cat had asked me if I could be the artist of some shit hes typing, like make a comic. Lets get this straight first, hes a writer….supposedly he writes for a living. At the time my schedule was pretty open so I agreed. I wasnt getting paid to do this. I did it because were friends, but over time other things came up. Other MORE IMPORTANT THINGS came up and I basically told him I was too busy to do it and to find someone else who has the time to do it.
Fast forward probably a month later and he comes back with the same idea, but wants to pay this time. ….well of course I said yes! At this point I wanted us to have a contract. Let me look up the definition of a contract. "An agreement with specific terms between two or more persons or entities in which there is a promise to do blah blah blah…"
Does that only apply to one person of the party? No.
Does that mean the one holding the cash doesnt have to live up to their terms in the contract regardless if they signed? No.
IF BOTH PARTIES SIGNED THE GOD DAMN CONTRACT…THAT MEANS THEYYYYY….”THE TWO OF THEM” AGREE THAT THEYYYY WILL GO BY THE TERMS AND GOD DAMN CONDITIONS. NOT just the artist, but ohhhh? whats the word? “BOTH”. ONE, TWO. 1 + 1? Yes that equals 2!
WE. The two of us discussed the terms and conditions before I said I was going to type it up. We even went over them twice before I did it. We set up a schedule of which particular pages were to be produced on which particular day and even the due dates of payments. WHICH, he agreed on. Other terms included that if something came up that were to….sayyyy fuck up the schedule…either of us would contact the other 3 days prior and be like “Ay this shit came up I wont be able to finish panels and/or make the payment” type shit. Another term was I reserve the right to refuse completion or delivery or work until balance is paid. But let me backtrack to the schedule part. I made a visual schedule. A VISUAL SCHEDULE…you know where you can SEE THE SHIT? Of which pages were done and which day he had to pay. Payment dates were the 1st and the 15th day pertaining to the day this project started. And to be clear the project’s whole duration was only a month. I was to deal with this for only a month.
We met up one day, I gave him the hard copy of the contract, watched him read the shit, and watched him sign the shit. I signed it as well, scanned it for my personal copy, and had him keep that one. After the deposit it was my job to start on the first batch of pages. This script is 52 pages long. We agreed that I split that in half. The 15th day of this project was a due date for that batch and the next payment.
You know what a “breach of contract” is? Its when a cunt doesnt do what they agreed to do. The 15th day came and I was already done with my part. Was it extremely difficult? YES, but I’ll get to that in a moment. Anyway, the day came and I didnt hear from him about the transaction until 2 weeks AFTER that day….he didnt even do that “hit me up 3 days prior” shit. Did we not agree to follow the terms of the contract and the schedule? Do you realize you broke those terms? He literally started up with a “so give me those pages” bullshit.
We went back and forth on that for a little but it wasnt as heated as it is now. It was probably 3 or 4 weeks behind our schedule. Honestly? If I gave a niggah the comic to read Id ask them “Tell me what you think?” and off the gate they would say it looks nice/cool/dope because theyre initially looking at it with their eyes. But if I asked them if they knew WTF WAS GOING ON IN IT, I bet you they couldnt tell me. THIS is why it was difficult drawing it, because its weak. Remember me saying he supposedly "wrote" for a living? I didnt read the script first I just drew as I went. He said he wrote for a living. I assumed it was automatically going to be easy sailing. Had I known this script was deadly awful I wouldnt have jumped back on this garbage.
Before re-addressing the fact that he fucked up, I addressed this first. You know what he BASICALLY SAID? "Im paying you to draw, not think." That literally made me smirk. Yes, yes youre paying me to draw out this mess of a script. I told him the plot wasnt there (which it isnt) and suggested he look back through the script but he somehow insists that it is there. But then I sat back and thought hmmmm maybe I should let someone else read it, maybe Im not seeing something. Well here are the other eyes that ALSO dont see it.
I had a guy who lives below me read it. By the 20th page…which isnt even the halfway mark…he told me deadass to my face that its making him fall asleep. Are the ILLUSTRATIONS making him fall asleep?? NAHHH its this wack script! Just today I was talking to a friend about this issue and she was all “let me read it”. I didnt offer it to her she wanted to. Like a I-gotta-see-how-bad-this-shit-is type shit. And also, around the 20 page mark she didnt see it either. We went back at arguing about this dead story. At some point I started getting technical and to tell me (at specific points in the comic) where the plot is clearly explained…CLEARLY. He never answered…just kept saying “just finish it” shit. And for the record, who the fuck says “I swaggered down like a quasi homosexual”? WHO FREAKIN SAYS THAT? Who STILL says “yolo swag”? What percentage of university students still uses the term “narc” like its still fresh? LAWD CAN YOU LET ME LIVE???
Well I contacted a higher up individual about this breach of contract thing. Is this part that Im doing actually necessary? Actually no if he had paid the day he was suppose to pay we wouldve been done with this LAST MONTH. Im telling him to send the check first (due to lost time that HE MADE) and literally AS SOON AS I SEE THAT SHIT IN THE MAILBOX you know what Im going to do? Yeahhh Im going to email the panels TO HIMMMM! And we can get this shit over with! YEAH!~ Because do you honestly think I want to keep this shitty comic for myself? Hell no! Im only gonna keep it to have other people read and then ask them “so wtf is going on in it.” and watch as the “Your story fucking sucks” headcount rises.
So if you know someone who does/did something and its just straight up garbage….SAVE THEM. Tell them its bullshit before its too late. So…THIS COMIC. IS BULLSHIT. Am I going to drop out of the project? No, I dont do things like that. Im being “paid to draw, not think” remember? Plus this aint my dead end road.
Six people agree that the comic that Im helping with has no plot.
SEVEN if you include myself.