Sunday, June 25, 2006

check it OUT! homegirl DID something! REALLY!!

got a package the other day, and when i picked it up off the floor of the garage, it began making noise. intriguing.

turns out it was my (and t's) copies of the "superman returns" children's books we worked on a few months back. one has 16 amazing sounds, hence the singing package! exciedly, i tore the shrink wrap off the large book, and cracked open the stiff spine.

"art by john paul leon"

now, i love jp to bits (i have to say this, he'll be here in 3 days) and he went to bat for me when he discovered the typo that my name was left off the preliminary print run, but he got all the credit. it was the first real credited work i'd done in ages (not just behind-the-scenes) and i got zilcho credit. y'all know now, when you see this book at your local barnes and noble, to be righteously offended that my name wasn't on it.

luckily on the other book entitled "be a hero" i am credited. but only in the book! on amazon.com it only credits "don curry-editor." but again, folks. really i'm there. really i did something. i swear.

5 comments:

Lotus Reads said...

Congratulations, this is soooooo cool, Melissa! But not being given proper credit is disappointing, surely something can be done? I understand about it being too late to put your name on the already printed copies of "Superman Returns", but I'm sure a note to amazon from the right people can ensure you are given proper credit on their site? I want so much to see your name there, you're my only claim to fame! :) Seriously tho', this is wonderful Melissa - you're a terrific artist and I'm looking forward to seeing lots more work from you!

Mr. L said...

Did the check cash, at least? That's *some* consolation...

I'd like to see artwork, too. You can mail it to my house. Make sure it's signed in case, well, you know, if you ever, um...well...it would be worth more. Ha!! :)

hellomelissa said...

yes, mr l! i was paid in a timely fashion, which also felt great. unfortunately, at this point my professional work is only digital color over existing lineart. unless you want a signed handpainted child's table & chair set, that's the extent of my output right now. although t's work sometimes fetches a pretty penny, mine is worthless, except in the non-monetary way. :)

Susan in Italy said...

Wow, Melissa! That is so impressive! Your kids probably have the greatest bragging rights of anybody in their school, 2 parents who both draw SUPERMAN!!

Now get your meanest, most threateningly litigious attitude on and get that credit! I'm serious. I've been doing work about female scientists who are unknown due only to the fact that they were women and just got passed up in the props department. Don't let it happen to you!

hellomelissa said...

oh, goodness, susan. i had never thought of suing! i stood in a hot shower after i read your comment and stewed. maybe i SHOULD speak to a publishing attorney! i mentioned it to t and he thought a consultation (at least) is in order. i'll let you know...