Don’t be lazy.
It’s pretty simple. Don’t be lazy.
As a creator, we’re very often tempted to take shortcuts. Very often, those self-same shortcuts end up being the long way around, because you were lazy in doing something.
Your laziness both affects and effects the rest of the creative team. Very often, it means that some part of the team has to work harder than necessary because you weren’t dedicated enough to your craft in order to do it correctly.
Editors who are lazy generally end up being associated with crappy books. They aren’t doing their job correctly, which is making sure the rest of the team is doing their job correctly. Then it just snowballs until the book itself is bad.
Writers who are lazy end up giving more work to the rest of the creative team. The editor has more to fix, the artist has to ask more questions, the letterer has to look harder for the things they need to get their job done.
Artists who are lazy cause the editor to ask for more corrections, the inker has to do more work in correcting what’s wrong (this is different from doing breakdowns for the inker to interpret) and has a more difficult time in spotting blacks, and the letterer may have more of a challenge in placing balloons effectively.
Inkers who are lazy can just totally destroy the look of a book. Lines that don’t connect or that don’t do anything or go anywhere, textures can be wrong, blacks can be missed… All of these can make a book look sloppy and amateurish. A lazy inker can ruin a book all by themselves.
Letterers who are lazy can ruin the reading experience for the audience. Balloons could be placed incorrectly, they could cover important pieces of art, they could lead the eye incorrectly. The reader may not exactly know what’s wrong, but they could feel unsettled by bad lettering.
Colorists who are lazy can also ruin the reading experience. Colors could be used incorrectly, there could be no flats or no refined rendering… It just looks bad. The book looks incomplete.
Being lazy can also lead to a morale problem, especially if it’s the writer or editor who’s being lazy. You don’t want the artist to draw angry. It comes through on the page. You don’t want to give off an air of “I don’t care,” because the rest of the team could also take on that same air. This can lead to a bad book.
It’s easy to be lazy, but you have to fight the urge. Your audience deserves it, if you want their money.