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19 March 2009 @ 06:11 pm
Celebrate by not doing it.  
In the tradition of Labor Day, apparently a number of comic-making attendees to the New England Webcomics Weekend or whatever it is called, well, they will be making use of guest strips tomorrow and/or this weekend. Some of them are making shifty-eyed glances at Monday for good measure.

Uh huh.
 
 
 
Ronironiliquidity on March 20th, 2009 01:32 am (UTC)
Oh that's a bit harsh, it's actually really hard to get 3-4 days ahead on a strip.
Traveler Farlandertwfarlan on March 20th, 2009 02:50 am (UTC)
I admit, it is somewhat harsh. I also admit that, in most cases, I'm not contributing more to a comic artist's income than the occasional t-shirt or commissioned sketch. Thing is, when an artist says s/he is going to post on a M-F schedule (just as an example) and commits to the business of the strip being his or her only source of income, to drop days with guest strips or even "Dead Artist" sketch days? I'm sorry, Roni, but I think that's unprofessional.

It's not up to me. I'm not making a strip. No question on either. All it really does is make me less likely to want to support that artist in the future with merch purchases, less likely to recommend the strip to others, and less likely to treat that artist like a "pro."

Take a vacation day. Take a vacation week. Every job has to include vacation. Don't act like we ought to be grateful for a sketch or for a guest strip.
craigers01 on March 24th, 2009 01:48 pm (UTC)
I think I'm going to disagree with you on this one. First, as you say, everyone should get a vacation. And instead of leaving the readers in a lurch, the people you are talking about get someone else to fill in for them while they are gone. Why wouldn't you be grateful? At least they are trying to give you something that might entertain you, though fully expecting it not to be as good as their regular work. I think to be ungrateful for the effort merely focus' the spotlight on someone's sense of entitlement and narcissism.

Or, if I'm misunderstanding your beef with this particular artist, and your problem with them is that they don't stick to their M-F schedule 100% of the time (which you seem to consider unprofessional), I have to disagree with you there as well. As you point out "Every job has to include vacation." which, by defination, would make everyone that is employed unprofessional.

TLDR, I have weighed your point of view and found it lacking. Care to expand on it?