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Stu The Disgruntled Greek

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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 think it all depends on the "storyline" in the title. If it is a long story of 3+ issues, than I would agree with letting the artist finish the entire run. I didn't like it in the early days (i.e. Gang Wars) that the art changed every issue. I can honestly say that no matter how strong 'Kravens Last Hunt' was, if McLeod\Zeck even missed one issue it would've had a blight on it that people would be talking about til today. 'Kravens Last Hunt was so awesome until parts 5 and 6 when the art just went downhill due to fill ins...'

By the end of that run however, the editor should be looking for a more consistent artist. If the artwork keeps getting behind, the editor in chief should be looking for a new editor.

The problem of overly late books (+3 weeks is overly late, 1 week is nothing) due to artists isn't that wide spread.

Jim Lee on All-Star is overly bad, but man alive it sure would look good when reading it all at once. I don't remember his BatMan or SuperMan runs to be that late?

The Disgruntled Greek

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