Over on Comic Book and TV legend Mark Evanier's blog today, Joe Melchione wrote to ask…"Having read your columns and blog for the last two decades, there appears to be a frequent pattern of employers (both comic book and TV related) asking you to produce a script virtually/literally overnight. I have trouble understanding why this happens so often. . . why such unrealistic deadlines? Wouldn't the whole creative team benefit from a balanced schedule?" To which Mark replied, concisely, "Yes".
To which I would only add to Joe, you wanna try DRAWING a project overnight, and I do mean literally. Our lead times in the 80s tended to be 6-8 weeks, today due to email speeding up communications so radically, some of them are 2-3 days. Every once in a while, maybe once a month or so, it really is needed tomorrow or even TODAY! So that's just the way things are now. It favours the fast guys, of course. Signed, a fast guy.
Here's Mark's always-excellent blog: News From ME