For a comic book artist, it is to be expected that from time to time changes need to be made to the artwork to suit the various needs of various people. Sometimes they are corrections for continuity, preference or the artist just did a bad job. It happens. You don't have to like it. (And frankly, it wouldn't really matter if you didn't.)
The fact is, in order to be a Professional, you must simply accept it
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Let's face it, comic books aren't always about 'art'. It's about business and teamwork as well. It's NOT all about you.
Let me ask a question, are you frequently referred to as "artsy-fartsy"? Or "another moody artist"?
Do you wear a lot of black and hang out in dimly lit coffee shops?
When people ask you what you like to do, do you narrow your eyes and shun verbal descriptions such as " I draw", "illustrate" or "work-up"? And in their stead, prefer to use terms like "I create", "imagine", "breath life into" or "evoke my creative muse"?
Well, maybe comics aren't for you.
Now I understand this may be hard for some to hear, so let me be a voice of comfort and say; it's going to be okay.
To be fair, all professional artists are at least partially guilty of having these feelings of love and attachment to our drawings/beloved offsprings of the mind. There's nothing to be ashamed of. We love to draw cool stuff.
We hurt too sometimes.
Just don't expect us to easily admit it. And here is the lesson; you must'nt either.
Be unflinching, cold and stoic when seeing the final product of your labor. Even after it has been "tweaked a little". After things have been "accentuated". Or "fixed", "corrected", "finalized". After something you worked-up/grew in your hearts loving womb is sent throught the grimy and merciless cogs of edits, deformed and counterfeit. Barely recognizable.
The fact is; Alan Smithy has never drawn a comic book. So just try not to notice that it's still your name appearing next to it.
Don't start whining about it. Some may say you are a perfectionist, or waaaaaaaay too attached. They may say; 'I can't tell the difference, It looks pretty much the same.'
Is that a tear? Bite your lip! Stop that chin from quivering! Buck up, man! This isn't 'art'! You're getting paid!
If you have reached this point, you have failed. Never let them see you sweat. You've moved into damage control now. Just nod your head, and shrug it off with a "yeah, I guess you are right."
Choke back those pride oozing tears, and move on to your next llustration/glistening conception of creativity, and hope this one makes it through the cogs intact, and even cooler looking than the last.