Kathleen Bottarini of Comic Book Box in Rohnert Park, California saw the news of Marvel's Civil War delays (See ''Civil War' Delays Rile Retailers') and wonders what happened to the editors of the books?
Whatever happened to the role of editors in comics? Is it my imagination, or wasn't it the editors who kept artists and writers on schedule? Who kept the 'big picture' on schedule? Whatever happened to that?
In this new day and age of professionalism in comics, where does that 'old standard' of timeliness come into play? I am ticked off by Marvel's complete lack of respect for what timeliness means, and the trickle effect that this disrespect causes. Okay, maybe Marvel Comics is fine with not producing their product. I'd like to understand how not producing product benefits their business plan, or their bottom line, for that matter. I wouldn't complain if it was just one or two titles, but it's rapidly becoming an exponentially rising problem.
It seems reasonable to think of Civil War as a summer event book, which means that there should be some attention paid to deadlines, since it's also reasonable to assume that the impact of this series will have ramifications to the rest of the Marvel Universe. Evidently, that is not that big a deal. And, is it a surprise that Quesada, as Editor in Chief, does not pay the least bit of attention to deadlines? He is NOT leading by example, or he would be bothered to complete Daredevil: Father. There needs to be accountability.
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