Mentioned as well but with less emphasis, is what goes into a page. Color? Inking? Accurate representation of anatomy? Lettering? Interesting and varied page layout? Actual story? Clearly defined backgrounds?
Someone could bring me a pizza in 10 minutes every time I ordered as well but if something else out there tastes better I'd rather wait 30-50ish, even 60.
Totally! A lot of the printed comics out there are done by teams
. Writer, penciller, inker, colorist, and letterer are five different people, and they don't have day jobs because this is
their day job. So you can expect to get your X-Men on time every month, but webcomics artists are doing everything themselves (on top of maintaining a website) and most of us have to have day jobs to pay the bills.
When I was in high school, with no job and minimal homework, I updated all the frickin time. I'd do five pages a day, post them with regularity.
Then I went to college, had lots of classes and two jobs. My steady schedule quickly fell apart. It wasn't until I started making some money from the webcomics that I could quit one of my jobs, I got done with college, and could start updating regularly again.
I still miss updates, too. I'm not going to miss out on going on vacation because I need to be at home, making new pages. I try to have a buffer, but it doesn't always work out.
It's not that I don't make sacrifices, but a lot of webcomics readers demand TOO MUCH.
How dare you try to get a full 8 hours of sleep! You must sacrifice your health and your firstborn for the sake of me getting 30 seconds of entertainment from you 3 days a week! If your hands aren't bleeding, you're not drawing hard enough!
Any job needs some downtime.