Once upon a time in the ’90s comics book, I discovered and worked with an artist that If gotten into the top companies on top books. Hanging out with the wrong crowd, he got a big attitude, missed deadlines, got fired. His fire dwindled.
Years later, he came back to GHG. I had to break him of the bad habits he’d developed, so I gave him a small hob and said you must, must, must meet this deadline: Friday, before the Memorial Day weekend. Then I charted his daily progress and communication.
So….that Friday deadline came. And went. Around 5 minutes to midnight, he started uploading the high-resolution pages to the FTP, neglecting to send the .jpgs to the editor and me by Email for review.
When the weekend was over, he caught me online and boasted how he met the deadline.
“Nope, you missed it by four days!” I said.
“You’re crazy!” he told me.
“O.K., let me explain.” And I did. “The editor left his desk, at latest, at 5 pm on Friday — probably earlier, given it was the holiday weekend. He needed to see your pages before then. You should have sent .jpgs early enough in the day, maybe by lunchtime his time, so he could review the pages and approve them before you uploaded them. So he didn’t see them Friday. Or Saturday. Or Sunday. Monday was Memorial Day, so his office was closed. That means the first he got to see your pages was today, Tuesday, first day of business this week. To his mind, you’re four days late because you didn’t deliver the pages on Friday. In fact, if I hadn’t alerted him to check his FTP, he still wouldn’t know your pages are up there rather than in his Email for review.”
“But it’s not fair to blame me that the editor didn’t check till Tuesday.”
“Seriously? Even if he’d checked his Email every day from home during the holiday weekend rather than, you know, have a life, he would not have known you’d turned in pages unless he also checked the FTP. Every other artist submits Emailed .jpgs for approval first, but you ignored that step — which IS your fault. And please explain to me HOW you loading pages at 5 minutes to midnight IS fair to your editor. How would that have allowed time, on deadline day, to download them, review them, approve them or get corrections made, and get them to the next person on the team for lettering?”
He soon kicked such bad habits — and we put him back on top, I’m happy to say.