There was a time for a lot of years that I was a junkie. Each week I needed a fix of mainlined four-color graphic heroin, and occasional, yes, I couldn't even go that 7 days and would go back looking for more. As a kid I would frequent up to four different stores to keep abreast of all the different series that I collected, as often the spinner rack at one 7-11 would get the new Detective Comics but not the Avengers, so off to another place I would go. This went on in all the different cities I lived in, from Houston to Shaumberg to San Anselmo to Diamond Bar to New York. But now I'm cured.
How do I know?
Because unlike just about everyone else in comic book land, the pushing back of Marvel's Civil War series doesn't mean a damn thing to me. If I want to read it I'll get the trade, or I'll simply be patient.
As I type that the younger me is having a fit.
Does anyone even remember how late the last issue of Dark Knight Returns was? Or the last issue of Watchmen? Good, neither do I. I do recall that they were damn late at the time, but now I don't really care. Because when I pick up my hardback Watchmen or TPB of Dark Knight Returns, Moore, Gibbons, Miller & Varley don't disappoint. They all give me the goods with stories and art that stand the test of time. And in the end, that is really what I want. How many people are still pissed off that the Kree-Skull War wasn't done entirely by Neal Adams? I still am. And thus the 30 day deadline kills another epic.
I guess that I've been there, trying to crank out the work on a monthly basis and it's tough, tough with the level of detail and care that you try to put into the work, tough because you have to rely on a number of other people not getting sick, not having kids, not having vacations, not having anything go wrong in their lives. And if the companies don't build any lead time into the schedule, or decide to change things along the way editiorially then you lose that lead time quickly.
A monthly comic? Cool, but when push comes to shove, and Marvel hands it's latest epic over to an untried artist no matter how good he may be, I'd rather wait thank you.