This is the beginning of a rallying call. Disney and Time Warner, the parent companies of Marvel and DC are clearly in the 1%. The artists and writers of these companies are obviously the 99%. Comics are a medium that I love. Growing up I thought that if you work for the comic industry you are making bank. That is not true.
If you work on the comic industry you will be lucky if you get any extra money for uses of your characters.
Len Wein is a comic writer who has changed our lives for the better. In 2009 there were 2 films that came out. One was from DC whose parent company is Time Warner and he did receive a small paycheck because his character was used, the other one was from Marvel, which at that time was not owned by Disney, and he did not receive a dime. The DC film was The Dark Knight, and his character was Lucius Fox (Played by Morgan Freeman) and the Marvel film was X-Men Origins: Wolverine, and he created the title character. I am sorry I can't find the article for you about this, but it was a minor part of the article.
Comics have become a serious part of pop culture and entertainment. The last several films I saw in the theater have been comic book adaptaions. In my early 20s, I spent so much time at the Word and Pictures museum so much, that everyone, including Kevin Eastman (Co-Creator of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles) knew me by name. I was born to do comics. It is the best skill I have. I want to make money doing it. Instead, I am making no money on this project, because the only way is to make a comic and then create some merchandise (Which I am proud to say is read largely by women, while the big 2 has been struggling to figure out how to bring in female readers.)
With that being said, I am working on merchandise. I am going to turn my 2009 protest into a script, and the T shirt I am selling now, into a strip.