Post by Robert Carnegie Post by Default User
I'm surprised that Dilbert still is having in-person work, rather than most people working at home. When I was still a productive member of society, and fair number of people were doing that a number of days per week.
On the whole, I prefer the comics not worry about the pandemic. They'll be 3-4 weeks behind, and there's just a limited amount you can do with the situation.
It was interesting that Heart of the City started doing "social distancing" strips right before the end of Tatulli's authorship. When "Steenz" took over, she immediately dropped that and put the kids back in school. I was happy with that.
Actually... this being rasfw, in 2020, do comics need to
be produced weeks before their publication? Even if done
with different people on script, art, colour, and lettering
duties - couldn't you have characters reacting to the news
that is /in/ the newspaper?
I suppose that realistically they are more likely to watch
TV or go online but still...
You /could/, but if even one of them (and particularly the writer) has
difficulty executing their part (for the artist, because the writer
isn't quite the annoying "dictate every little visual detail" type that
I am, and particularly if they're being created "Marvel-style" rather
than being drawn in ways that make sense for pre-existing dialogue; for
the writer, _duh,_ and for the colourist, if they run across a new
background or character who they need to establish the right palette
...well, are you familiar with the "Daily Grind Challenge" that about
100 webcomic creators put together in 2002? IIRC, there were 10
remaining contestants by 2005, most of whom were still in the running
for the mini-tontine that had been created even in 2009.
But the bigger deal is, look at those 90 artists who _missed a daily
update,_ most within the first year.
That type of thing happening to people who still read ink on paper would
lead to their calling for heads to roll--and because many are less than
familiar with the whole process, a lot of those heads would likely be
features editors, rather than comic creators. It worked, to an _extent,_
in editorial cartooning, where the creator was often kept in-house in
the days before electronic files, and was always drawing them within 1
to 2 days both in that era and the electronic insert era (the fact that
Mallard Fillmore instead is drawn to a normal comics-page buffer is part
of why it's so ridiculed), but readers of the editorial page were
largely satisfied as long as something close to the proper number of
cartoons were on it and most cartoonists for that didn't have a set
stable of characters that readers expected to see.
And of course, editorial cartooning has been killed worse than comic
strips by the newspaper crisis, so at this point there really aren't too
many people even expecting two daily cartoons on the paper's op-ed page,
whether online or in print (and people aren't nearly as good at seeking
it out as "webcomics" as they are ongoing serials or gag-a-day multipanel).
THAT is why the print syndicates are still requiring that comics be
submitted at least 2-3 weeks in advance, and of course many of the
old-style print creators _want_ to work even further out than that
(though Ces scrapped a Sally Forth arc, and Bill Holbrook--who /treats/
Kevin and Kell like a print comic even though it's online-only and only
ever had /one/ daily print customer, pivoted to creating strips that
reflected the crisis as soon as he'd gotten through his Easter storyline
that readers would have rioted if it hadn't been allowed to run normally).
Heck, there are even two strips that would be perfect for Charles Packer
if he's still reading the thread though he claims to have abandoned the
funny pages:: Tom Batiuk isn't going to eat into his one-year buffer for
Funky or for Crankshaft for *anything*. I'm less sure if Jim Davis, who
also draws Garfield one year out, will follow suit or try to be somewhat
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