Jim Lee is doing a great marketing stunt for Jim Lee. He's doing 50 free sketches for fans.
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From a fan's POV - this is awesome.
From a comic creators POV - this is bad.
Jim Lee is one of the top creators in the world. Lets also not forget - he's substantially wealthier than you and you and you.
Lets pick some other big names - but probably not as wealthy. Chris Bachalo etc
Guys who are big names - but didn't go crazy in the 90s and even admit themselves - they could have made more money.
50 sketches for them is not cheap.
Jim Lee is fast. For him that's 2 days. For other guys, that might be a week.
Jim Lee also has spare dollars to spend on the materials for 50 sketches.
And now - Jim Lee is offerring a superior quality sketch for $0
when you're trying to charge $15 for a sketch.
Who wants to pay $15 for a no-name sketch from John Doe when they can have a Jim Lee for $0?
When Mark Bagley, Chris Bachalo etc get on stage - they're big comic names.
Should they now start supplying $0 dollar sketches?
The downside of what Jim has done is - it creates a race to the bottom. Not to the top.
If Jim Lee wanted to do comics artists a favour - he'd mark up his art as $20,000.
His sketches would cost $200.
All of a sudden - your $20 convention sketch wouldn't seem as comparitively bad?