For all my disgruntled ex-employee's attempts to smear me in artist groups, I received only positive feedback and messages of support from others. It seems like the hate mail was unrelated because the first comment from that set occured before I fired the contractor. Thanks to all the fantastic, reasonable and extremely talented artists and writers out there who expressed support.
So many times freelancers have been angry that I "criticize" their work, meaning I give them direction about what I want, and I insist on quality in the politest of terms. As if the director of a movie shouldn't want to look at dailies and approve or disapprove the work in the movie that the producer paid big money for? This has happened both in software and art. I think I'm done using freelancers. They have caused way more headache than their work was worth. If I want to make something I'll make it myself or find an actual professional business to do the work for me.
Thanks for all the interest from skilled artists who want to work professionally, but I am not currently accepting applications. I made a business decision to not hire anyone else until I finish coloring and lettering the artwork I already have for two issues, and I'm going to do it myself.
A freelance artist named Jason Dale Patterson posted negative messages about me and my company name. This is my response: I paid Jason $120/page for pencil+ink and paid promptly. (The first four were $100/p then I gave him a raise, even though he didn't ask. He asked for less.) I even gave him advance payments for "bubble roughs." I also gave him a $300, 26-inch by 36-inch light table as a gift, and hundreds of dollars in materials from Hobby Lobby. Jason's work was exc...
Burbank International Film Festival, Sept. 10, 2017. Mark Hedges wins the award for best adapted screenplay, for the adaptation of GLORY SEASON by David Brin.