Dave Galanter
December 1st 1969 - December 12th 2020
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    On Byrnerobotics, there is a discussion about lateness with comic books and I thought it would be interesting to see what you guys think about it. The following is a message I posted on there, so feel free to add your thoughts.


      I was recently reading something on comicartfans.com about a commission piece by Jim Lee, notorious for being late. The commissioner said - I paraphrase - something to the effect that Lee had only done a couple of books throughout the entire past year but it was okay because he's such a good artist and he's worth the wait. My first reaction was "huh?". In what kind of world do we live in where "worth the wait" is the main argument to not get angry with an artist who is late?

      Coincidently, on another website - I apologize for not remembering which one it was - a poster mentioned that Lee went to form Image with those other guys because they weren't concerned with deadlines and allowed their creative teams to take as much time as possible to publish issues (paraphrasing once again here). The poster in question mentioned that he liked that approach. I had one of those WTF moments. What kind of mentality is that? Is the prospect of making lots of money from the sale of a book, by allowing it to be published sporadically and late, more important than meeting deadlines and delivering a product to fans, as promised months before.

      Regardless if you agree with JB's comments that a lot of artists today treat making comics as a hobby, the bottom line is that books should not be allowed to be late as they are in this day and age. As many of you have mentioned in previous posts, if this happened 20, 30, 40 years ago, they would have hired somebody else to finish the job, regardless of sales or how good the stories were. Too bad, the powers-that-be don't see it that way.

I'd rather wait for a product I'll enjoy than pay for a fill in / substitute that I won't enjoy. I buy enough comics every week that I can wait for the next issue of any particular title. I think that with some creators, publishers would be better to limit their contributions to limited series and/or collect the entire run before publishing, and it usually becomes obvious which creators need to have those restrictions placed on them.

There have been plenty of series that suffered from delays that I think were worth waiting for as opposed to getting fill-ins.

With the exception of being a Spider-Man completist, I follow creators, not characters. I'm willing to wait for those people to finish telling their story. Some of my favorite current series (RASL and Ex Machina in particular) have erratic shipping schedules, and that's fine with me. Sometimes delays are rediculous, but I'd still rather wait. I bought Ultimate Wolverine vs Hulk to read a Damon Lindelof comic, not because I care about those characters. I would not have finished that miniseries if Marvel got another writer to finish it.

So I have to disagree with your position.

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