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From: Noppie
To: Multiple recipients of list GUTTERS <gutters>
Subject: Re: Future of Comics
Date: Monday, October 16, 2000 8:31 PM

salgoodsam
    I find myself agreeing in principal to everything you have stated. 
    If, Marvel goes away forever.  Which is hard to imagine?  From the
comic 
book shops I visit, those shop will be in world of shit.  The Geppi's (in 
Maryland) are, I guess 90% Marvel and DC, with some Image, less Darkhorse, 
even less Fantagraphic and almost no Indy comics.  It is hard to imagine
that 
half of the comic books will nolonger be available.  

    On the industry or indy comics growing up.  It's always nice to do it
the 
safe slow way verses being thrown to the wolves.....or perhaps being
abandon 
at sea.  We can surive.  And for the most part it will be a choice that
some 
one like me decides.  Do I continue to tell stories via comic books.  Or do
I 
give up one day?

In a message dated 10/16/00 3:17:31 AM, salgoodsam writes:

<< I see marvels demise as a good thing, the characters, the good ones,
will 
get picked up by someone else, and maybe even handled better. And the 
industry may finally be forced to deal with a little reality.
Book stores, the successful ones, NEVER let themselves become totally 
reliant on one kind of genre or publisher. At the most you find shops that 
only sell fantasy, but even there you have a dozen deferent branches, 
dragons and knights, science fiction, urbane fantasy, vampires and
monsters, 
Kabala and zombies and on and on. If a shop owner is foolish enough to run 
his business solely on the profit and failing of one publishers goods than 
they have no one but them selves to blame if the source of their well drys 
up. they weren't in business, they were indulging in a hobby or
profiteering 
on a trend.
The market and the art form are being held back by the convenience and 
safety of the direct market system (a model every other medium as 
abandoned). The publishing industry is hurting in general but the comics 
medium would probably be healthier in the real world than as a niche market

medium simply because there would be that many more potential readers and 
that much more exposure. the good work and the well marketed would survive,

the well intended but un refined would continue to be the underground - 
finding there own way to readers through the admittedly small network of 
alterative shops, and if they are smart? some new venues. For the
commercial 
market it would be the beast thing and would allow for a massive broadening

of the kind of stories being told. for the indie seen, it will have to
learn 
all the same kinds of tricks to stay alive as the indie music and 
independent presses have had to.
It’s time for the medium to grow up and leave home and make a go of it in

the big bad world, and i for one am VERY hopeful for the fate of the
medium, 
the future of comics. And i don’t think marvels existence, or the lack
of, 
will mater. >>



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