Final note on 'The Truth' posts to date:
'The Truth' has (hopefully) gone Buh-Bye.
Strange to see the comics industry treatment of freelancers prior to the 1990s (when freelancers having legal representation was considered problematic and reason enough to not deal with them, with the notable exception of Mike Friedrich's clients) is alive and well in 2006.
Well, with all the crazy contracts that I've come across and had to sign, it's always good to have a lawyer on hand. Now, it seems more accepted for freelancers and creators to have lawyers... especially when Hollywood has a tendency to come over to recruit people from our industry.
It is a horrible thought to picture a publisher frowning on a freelancer seeking legal counsel for any contract he/she, might want to sign with said publisher.