Comics are Dead

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For people who don't regularly read comics, this comic may seem strange. Millions of people have seen the Spider-Man movies. But the Spider-Man comic book itself sells in the tens of thousands. Comics are a dying industry.

Comic books were once hugely popular, selling in the millions. Of course, this was the 1930s; and a lot of things have changed since then. On the plus side, there are more sophisticated comics today than ever before (some people call them "graphic novels" to make them sound more grown up).  But the comic industry itself is catering to a smaller and smaller market of superhero fans who seem mired in nostalgia and unwilling to change or expand their reading habits.

Outsiders still think of comics as something for children, but unfortunately, most comics are aimed at white men in their 40s and 50s. There are few avenues for children (or women or people of color) to get into comics; and Marvel and DC (the 2 largest producers of comics) seem disinterested in tapping into those markets. And so, the comic readership is dying off---aided by the development of new media. Who wants to buy a comic when you can see the movie or download an animated version?

While the comic industry may be limping along, I think comics as a medium is still a vibrant one. The art of combining words and pictures has been around since we invented words and pictures. And it'll be around long after Marvel and DC are long gone.

Which is to say, I'll keep creating comics---even though no one reads them...