I’m not naming the convention– but after next year, you won’t ever see me there.
It recently came to my attention that a fellow colorist was considerably mistreated. When the colorists’ team approached the convention coordinators about the colorist also having a table (possibly sharing with the team) they were told the tables were full and the convention rules stated that only 2 people were allowed to share 1 table.
I guess that’s all good and well (if you don’t have a problem with the convention only asking the writer and artist to appear) until the follow-up sentence in the email stating that the colorist could purchase a table should one become available. Let me make this very clear. The writer and artist were asked to attend the convention (the colorist was not) and they were given a table for free (the colorist was not).
On top of being compensated less than an artist and not being able to sell originals, almost always having to make up time for late deadlines (losing precious hours of sleep), and often not being credited for their work, now there’s the extra problem of conventions treating colorists poorly.
This enrages me how demeaning it is to EVERY colorist in the industry and I can’t sit by and tolerate it when there are plenty of other good conventions that support colorists.