It's amazing some of the crap out there. I mean, how can editors let these anatomical errors get past them?
I wish I knew.
I often wonder about the editorial process in comics. My experience with comics is limited, I’m far more familiar with how it’s done in TV animation (and even then, I should say TV animation in my neck of the woods because not all studios work the same way). I wonder how much room there is to ask for redraws from artists, due to deadlines and the like. I also wonder how many editors are actually artists who are good enough to notice and flag said errors. I’ve worked with an editor who wasn’t an artist at all and could only direct me in the storytelling aspect of my art (“I can’t tell what’s happening in this panel, can you clarify this” and “oh, we shouldn’t see any dead bodies even though this is a story about people being killed”). If I drew things wrong, they couldn’t see it, or if they did, they couldn’t tell exactly what was wrong with the panel.
I can’t speak for editors. Maybe they are catching a lot of the bad art before it goes to print and are just missing some. Maybe they’re so used to seeing silly-putty spines that they don’t notice them as wrong anymore. Maybe there’s just not enough time left before the book has to go to print. I do know that in doing this blog, I hope that people who produce art and edit art in this industry will take notice and develop a more critical eye for their own work.
Fingers crossed, and I’ll keep drawing.