Dave Galanter
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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.

It shouldn't be tolerated.
How much of a head start do they get in the first place? I remember hearing that 6 months was minimum...
Yes, life happens, but I'm sorry, I would have horrible grades if I were going to school on these "hot creator" work ethics. Hell, every job I've had did not tolerate late work.
Three strikes, yer out!
I remember people harping on Ed McGuinness for seeing all kinds of covers on different titles, but no Hulk comic. Then in a published interview, he said that "Yeah, you get a lot of cover work waiting on a script from JMS."
Marvel can brag all they want about having HULK and THOR sell out on their tri-monthly schedules, but imagine the profit and sales they could have on a MONTHLY schedule for those two.
I can give Jim Lee a break -- he runs Wildstorm, albeit from inside DC, but he's running it none the less. Loeb and JMS? Um...not so much. They were handed a title to write for a monthly comic and do nothing but delay them for TV scripts and outside interests.
Flat-out, editors need to grow a pair and start putting their foot down on this. What do you want to do -- write comics or do something else?

Ban "no text" posts!
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