The Comic Industry
I had a really interesting conversation last night with a good friend of mine, The Geek Who Landed. We talked a little about the present state of the comic industry, and how people who were once avid fans and readers are being turned off to collecting. He brought up some great points that I agree with completely, so I thought I’d share (with his permission, of course).
THE GEEK: I had the strangest conversation today actually at my store that was weird. In the aspect of what’s going on with the comic industry. The massively erratic nature of it. My comic guy basically told me that if things don’t improve on their end within two years they could be out of business.
ILCT: D: Seriously?! That’s awful!
THE GEEK: I know! o.O I was shocked. I sort of did a double take. For I knew things weren’t great but jeez. He mostly mentioned it because of the fact that sales are down in a lot of things and mentioned within five years it could be bad.
ILCT: ;__; That’s sad. The comic industry really needs something to boost morale and interest again. It seems the more people I talk to, the more I find that folks just don’t want to buy or even read anymore.
ILCT: As a comic newbie, that’s pretty disheartening. It’s like I stepped into this hobby at the worst time.
THE GEEK: That’s a big part of what I said in there. I said that people just need to be re-energized again. For awhile when I got back into it back in the late 90’s it was a fascinating time period. Around when the new Avengers book came out by Kurt Busiek and George Perez it was a time period in which things looked grim but it worked out and it turned out okay in the end. Right now though people are in this state of mind in which nothing is really appealing to people. They’re suffering from massive event fatigue and sort of being into this shock comic age isn’t a great thing. The aspects of the 90’s of speculators jacking up prices of comics coming into play hasn’t helped morale for people at all.
THE GEEK: Right now people are looking for good stories, good art, and just in general just good books. They want to like comics they really do. They’re thirsty for something to catch their eye. New ideas, new energies, new thoughts, and so forth. They want that fire back. They’re dying for it.
THE GEEK: They feel like in a way the industry is letting them down and yes there are a good bit of great titles out there but they end up drowned out in the crap factor and it gets people cynical. Also that little aspect of 3.99 a pop for a lot of books isn’t helping.
ILCT: I agree entirely, man. And it SUCKS
ILCT: Not to mention that if there IS a good title, a lot of the time they just flippin’ milk it for all its worth rather than let it run its course. Too much merchandising, too many spin-offs..
THE GEEK: Exactly. Make note of Deadpool. Deadpool is an giant example of this right now. I like the character by nature but right now he’s being so overmilked it’s not even funny. Terrible really if you think about it.