At this point these are purely hypothetical questions.

What is a rough per page estimate to offer an illustrator to help develop a graphic novel? To get a better idea just in case there are any price breaks for volume, let's say it's 200 pages?

Do you start with story boards, or does that end up doubling the workload for the illustrator and the budget, or does that depend on the level of detail that goes into the storyboards?

Do royalties usually factor into this price estimation?

When answering these questions I would like for it to be factored in that this would be an individual's self financed passion project to then be self published, so the budget would be limited.

At this point this question is just for exploratory purposes. If/when this moves to the next level, I don't want to be that guy that's throwing around crazy low wages for the privilege of working on a master piece that will never see any money.

I've worked in film for several years and have dealt with that guy many time.

I'm just trying to figure out a realistic budget to aim for.

Also there's a good chance that someone who actually understands the formatting of a graphic novel could probably cut the page count almost in half. I was just using the template in Final Draft when I was writing it.

Thanks in advance for any input.