Thursday, December 01, 2011

Comic Industry Rant #102

This is kind of a follow up to my Deviantart journal and you can read it by clicking the title of this post.

First, I would like to say that my comments are from my point of view as a creator. I am not dogging retailers or Diamond. I understand that a business is there for many reasons but the main reason is to make a profit. All I am saying is that there is a right way and wrong way to make a profit. You don't kill the supplier of your product to gain more profit. I am sure some folks would argue that making it hard for small indy guys to survive isn't killing the supplier but I would disagree and here is why. In the beginning of comics everyone was a small indy guy. There where no giants. Once the giants were established the small indy guys kept the giants legit. What I mean by that is that the indy guy competed with them and made them be creative. Once you take that element out of the game the giants became complacent. They created a "standard" comic, which in my opinion really killed this industry, and stop letting artist be that artist. When you go into a shop and every book looks exactly the same then when would I chose one over the other. Now, some may say that it would be due to the writing and I am telling you that history would show you are wrong. Writing does not make comic book. The art does. This is a visual medium. That is what it is and when you kill the visual aspect of it, and then take the element of the indy guys ability to be creative, then you have what we have today. A dying industry.

Secondly, it doesn't have to be this way. It can change but change hurts and it is hard. Everyone has to do their part. Fans, creators, distributors and retailers. I know a lot of creators and most will tell you that they create comics because they love it and most shop owners would tell you the same thing. So, if you love it, do you really want it to die? The only reason I am so passionate about this is because I know what the medium offers. When I was a kid it allowed me to be Superman's sidekick, I could visit the batcave, it made a towel a cape, and it showed me what a hero was and could do. These are very important things for our kids and adults. We need these standards in our lives. We need it more then money.

In conclusion, please read my deviantart journal and my ideas for making the change. Maybe I am wrong and maybe you know a better way to fix it. Please share it and lets save the industry. It isn't too late unless we are too stuborn.