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There is something very crucial about making comics, and some creators forget this. It’s a very simple concept, too.
While it feels like you’re all alone when you make a comic, the truth is just the opposite. While you’re not in a vacuum, unless you’re able to do the entire comic from soup to nuts yourself, you’re going to be working with collaborators. These partners in crime are going to help you get your comic made. They deserve not only your respect, they deserve to be recognized for their contributions to the work.
I’m not just talking about the names on the cover or in the credits. That’s simple. Anyone can do that, and everyone should be doing it (as long as it is within the aesthetics of the comic cover—otherwise, you’re going to be putting the names in the credit box). This is the absolute minimum you can do when giving credit.
When you’re doing interviews (and they’ll happen), you’ll want to make sure you give full credit to your collaborators, and not just paying them lip service. This means you’re not just talking about yourself and your history and how you came up with the idea and what you’re doing to sell it. That’s expected. You also need to talk about your collaborators. You don’t have to talk about them overwhelmingly about them to the exclusion of all else, but you have to make them seem like the important contributors that they are.
Giving credit is important because you want to work with the creators again. You can tell them they’re important all day long, and you can tell them how well the collaboration is working out and how good their contributions look, but that doesn’t mean all that much unless you give them credit for their work in public. Letting other people know about the work they did and the contributions made is an important part of giving credit.
Make sure to give credit to your collaborators in public. It may be an ego stroke, but it doesn’t cost you anything when you do it.