Bleeding Cool runs a regular Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes column, detailing changes that have occurred between the solicitation of a comic book and its eventual publication – especially those that haven't been mentioned to retailers before it arrives in their Diamond boxes. All the while humming a certain David Bowie tune.
In the comments section of the last such column, a number of commentators bemoaned the inability of certain creators to stick to a book.
Writer, artist and producer Jimmy Palmiotti chimed in,
What happens here is life gets in the way. An artist is hired to do a job, a writer to do an issue and someone in their family gets sick, a flood, a natural disaster, a son or daughter in trouble,a water heater explodes, an accident happens, a parent with special needs, depression, stress, injuries, and personal problems, a late script kills the time an artist had to draw, and so on. What a lot of people do not consider is this is a time consuming job, and things happen in life that throw a monkey wrench into the mix all the time, and with this, we hire other people to help and bring in new people that might not normally get a job like this and they soon become the stars of tomorrow. Not one creator wants to be late or lose a gig, but its been happening since the beginning of time to anyone considered an artist where a certain skill in involved.
All it takes is one artist being super late for the above reasons and them having to call in a crew to get the job done so the book does not ship late and is returnable. The good news is some of the fill in crew are amazing artists. In the end you vote with your $$, but I like to open the book and look inside. Thats the way it works for me.