As The European I don't understand one thing: why do You keep discussing european comic using UK? U could just as well use Turkey (it's in Europe too).
To me and 95% of Europeans european comic = Franco-Belgian. And i believe that's what Travis been suggesting all along.
European Publishers (like for example Dargaud) give more time to their creators. Usually it's one 50-page book by year. That means one cerator can write more than one series at the same time. That means more diversity - for example van Hamme: fantasy (Thorgal), adventures & thriller (Largo Winch, XIII) western (Western), historical family saga (Les Maîtres de l'orge). And diversity is a good thing because it allows to keep open mind & fresh look.
When companies get really big, they get run by businessmen, statisticians. To these people final quality of the product is only relevant in terms of how much money it brings in, nothing else. They are heavily motivated by profit, deadlines and sales.
We have this problem here, but on the smaller scale. European series are generally shorter. That means european artists has more freedom (again van hamme and his amazing one-shots :Chninkel, Histoire sans héros, Lune de guerre created with greatest european illustrators)
Also european publisher doesn't have to print Captain Marvel series once in a few years not to loose rights to his name.
From my experience of British comic (and tv) you end up with a better product because there is less of it. Us tv series is 24 episodes, British 13.
I don’t know about today British comics (haven’t read many of them), but it’s true on TV. Every regullar US TV series, even the best one, has those stupid filler epiodes, which break the spell. It’s fucking annoying.
Moving the deadline by a couple of days isn't going to make it better, moving it by a month might, but that just ruins your readership as they never know when it's coming out.
If it's a good comic I'll always wait for it, even if it had to be 10 years (and I’ve done it before, especially with polish comic books). If it's shitty, who cares when it's printed?
The big American publishers are trying to appeal to 300million+ american and canadians with a small thought that they are also sold in the uk and translated and sold around the world. If you are a publisher in Germany you know that all you have to appeal to is 80million Germans and 20milllion Austrians. It's easier to produce things targeted at the smaller audience.
I have to disagree: Does that also mean that for a musician it's easier to write songs for german audience than doing it in USA? And what about sausage? Does it apply to the food companies? My guess is that smaller audience is always more demanding. We have here something called "The smaller concert of the world". Every few monts one of the top polish band gives a performance for 10 (TEN) listeners.Those are great, but ALL the performers agreeably claims it's the hardest performance in their life.