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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.

Interesting subject! In general, I agree with you, and it's really a common-sense issue. Comic books are generally a monthly medium, and if you can't keep up with that schedule, you shouldn't be on a monthly book. You can be on a bimonthly book. You can be on a quarterly. But the general rule of thumb for any industry is, don't hire someone to do a job they can't do.

Now, as with most things, John Byrne takes this to an extreme, with a general perception that timeliness is quality, which isn't the case. And also, the industry is different than it used to be. Most stories have a second life in trade form, and there's a perception that the artist can raise sales. I don't know if there's evidence to back that up, but the trade mentality isn't a mistake--it's a reality of the industry.

Delays don't usually bother me very much, but certainly there's no reason they should happen. There are plenty of talented artists who can do the job.

Neat subject! Ten points.


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