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Re: Future of Comics

    My apologizes, my last e-mail went out before I was ready to send.

    After reading salgoodsam suggested articles at 
(http://www.comicbookresources.com/columns/index.cgi?column=1 ). About marvel 
money problems and( http://www.tcj.com/messboard/ubb/Forum9/HTML/000010.html 
) about Comix theory.
    After reading the article about Marvels money problems.  It is hard to 
believe that Marvel will not be around much longer.  I can hardly imagine a 
comic book shop without any Marvel titles.  

    What effect do you think it will have on the Indy Comix.  Not based on 
any facts, but it seems that most comic buyers started out purchasing marvel 
and or DC, then moved on to Indies?  I can imagine in theory that it will aid 
the industry?  However, my personal experience with theories has not been a 
positive one.  Reality does what it wants and pays no repeat to theories.

    I like you discuss on Comic book theory.  Though to be honest, I 
currently have nothing to add to your discussion.  In treating Comic Books as 
artform, in a reflection of life theory.  I like. It.  However, with the 
comic book I have read over the years: Heavymetal, Avengers, Defenders, 
Fantastic four,..etc do not reflect life.  Ironman drinking problem and the 
death of Captain Marvel were the only one that I am aware that addressed 
social problems.  

In a message dated 10/15/00 4:51:39 PM, salgoodsam writes:

<< I think the medium has a future as both an art form and an industry, just 
not in its present form.

The current distribution and retail system are hopelessly flawed and impede 
the medium from ‘growing up’ and taking its self seriously. I don't mean 
stuffy and self important, I mean self assured of its own potential and 
appeal as possibly the most highly evolved form of printed story telling, 
not to mention its potential as a narrative art form if removed from the 
traditional venue of paper and ink (see-Eisenstein: 
http://www.tcj.com/messboard/ubb/Forum9/HTML/000010.html ).

Ultimately, no mater what happens in the North American market, Marvel 
possibly taking down the whole distribution system with It when they finally 
implode under their $250 million debt (see ‘come in alone’: 
http://www.comicbookresources.com/columns/index.cgi?column=1 ). It will only 
force the committed to seek other routs to publication and It will have 
little or no effect on the European market, which is alive and well and 
light years ahead of us. >>


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