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Scott

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Zazu

Subj: Re: Delays USED To Be Unusual! (txt)
Posted: Sun Mar 11, 2007 at 10:37:05 am EDT
Reply Subj: Re: Delays USED To Be Unusual! (txt)
Posted: Sun Mar 11, 2007 at 10:30:00 am EDT

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> > I remember, back in the 1980's, when Jim Shooter ran Marvel, that a delayed book was VERY rare. I cannot recall the "Dreaded Deadline Doom" even cropping up during his tenure as EIC of Marvel.
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> Back then Shooter would put people like Al Milgom and Don Perlin on titles because they could meet their deadlines. This forced major talents to get their act together as they didn't want to be replaced by third-string talents. Plus if someone was late, there was always someone in the Bullpen waiting to pitch in. And Shooter had file cabinets full of filler stories that were used quite often. I think this was started before his tenure but he did continue it. In the 70s the answer for the DDD was throw in a reprint. In the 80s it was get someone else to draw the issue. Today it's just let the book be late for a month or two or eight.
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Part of the problem now is nearly every story is a 6 parter that is destined to be a TPB. TPTB start publishing the story before it's actually finished. When "part 4" is late, they can't just throw in a filler issue and throw off the flow of the story. A lot of storylines back "in the day" were 2-3 parters, if not single, self-contained stories, and were easier to complete before the first part went to press (more or less).

> Part of the problem now is...

...that today's writers and artists can't follow deadlines. Publishers should get rid of exclusive contracts and contracts in general. You don't turn in the work on time, you don't get paid. Then we'll see some output.

A simple solution for the publishers would be to turn the comics into bimonthlies. Fans are so used to monthlies that when something is late we get all worked up about it. Make 'em bimonthlies and that gives the creators some extra time to work with.

> nearly every story is a 6 parter that is destined to be a TPB.

That is a big problem. Solution: just print tpbs in sequential order not just one story arc. That way every issue gets collected not just "special" stories.

> When "part 4" is late, they can't just throw in a filler issue and throw off the flow of the story.

Why not? Aren't readers intelligent enough to follow along? If we can wait 2 months for Meltzer to finish a story and 8-10 months for Bendis to finish a story, while still reading other comics, what makes you think that the flow of the story would be thrown off whether there are fill-in issues or no issues?

Scott


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