If a major publisher can do this to Gris Grimly, what might a lesser publisher potentially do with someone like me?
If you know anything about Mr. Grimly’s art (and if you don’t, take a look: http://www.madcreator.com/index.cfm), you know his palette is muted, earthtoned and perfectly suited to his work.
I’m not sure of any details other than those relayed through the above blog post, but I’m wondering where the breakdown occurred. If someone had a problem with the color, why wasn’t the artist approached and given the opportunity to make compromises and any color adjustments himself? Who did make the changes? Who O.K.’d them? And why would they think it was perfectly fine to do that?
I’m not sure what happens if I purchase this book. Am I supporting Gris Grimly? Or am I supporting the person at Random House who decided to “fix” his work without his input or acknowledgement?
As an artist, how do you handle a situation like this? Do you have any rights? Is this something that needs to be addressed in the contract? And if so, why is something like this even an issue that needs to be debated?