Name: David Sims
Bio: Formerly Fanboy Strikes Back DavidAvid comic reader, gamer and follower of all things geek. I've been a part of the ifanbase for years and love the community that they've created.
I think that I'll have to play the Devil's Advocate and say that both sides of this argument are justified in their stances. On one side, if a publisher says something is going to be put out in a certain timeframe and it isn't, I think no matter what, that falls back on the people involved, whether it's justified or not. I personally don't mind late books all that much (may irritate me from time to time) but it's a business and if you say that you're going to have a product out by a certain time and do not deliver, then I think that fans are justified to their reactions whatever they may be.
Like Josh said, there are times where it is justified and while the blame does belong to the company, sometimes it just has to be done. If a creator is sick and can't work, then that's all there is to it. If a creator needs to take another job because of pay? Then of course, he should go do it. But on the other side of that, any fans that are annoyed or disappointed because that creator NEEDED to make that decision are also validated in their disappointments because they are no losing a product that they want, even though the creator is completely justified in their decision.
I think this whole debate is an extremely grey area, not black and white and people shouldn't treat it as such . I think Josh is right when it comes down to voting with your wallet but you need to do it for yourself and not against the company. If a book is late or frustrates you, you should make the decision to drop the book because it's not worth it to you. Some people on discussing whether dropping a late book will send a message to the Publisher and the answer is probably not but that's really besides the point. You shouldn't try to "stick it" to the publisher because you feel wrong, but just look at the story, the problems, and what you're paying and say "OK, this just isn't worth it for me."
There seems to be a sense of entitlement on both sides of the arguement. Publishers don't owe us anything (don't confuse lateness as some sort of broken promise) and in return we as consumers do not owe our money to goods that we choose to purchase.
I wasn't a huge fan the All Star Batman story but I loved the art. When it started to get really late, I simply had to ask myself, is the art really worth the minor annoyance I get with the lateness. To me, that was a no and I simply stopped purchasing the title with no ill will.
I'm not a huge Mad Men fan but from what I've seen of her, she seems like a great actress and could pull off Emma.
I'm really interested to see what the plot of this movie is going to be. Will in center directly on Charles, Magnus and Emma, or will the minor characters play a bigger role.
I'm a little hesitant on the overall premise but Jones seems like a great pick for Emma.
I think this has to been Bendis related, at least a little bit. I don't think Marvel would market this as The End of DD because of how that's related to Bendis' and Mack's story.
Overall I've been enjoying DD and the Shadowland story, I do agree with you guys about the costume but I think it's just their way of showing that Matt has gone too far and become something that he never attended DD to be. I love the devil horns on the hand ninjas though, very cool touch.