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Ninth Art Ponders the State of Comics

Ninth Art, an online journal about comics convenes its editorial board for a roundtable discussion on the state of comics.

The best of times, the worst of times. Is the comic industry on the verge of greatness, and if so, what are the signs?

Re: Ninth Art Ponders the State of Comics

I'd say all of those guys, and Gaiman too, are missing the point a bit. A Golden Age isn't something that you can quantify in the sense of, "OK, Golden Age startiiiiiinnnngggg....NOW." It's either an unattainable dream of the future, or else it's something that you look back on in 20 years and say, "Wow, that really was a golden age." In fact, if comics take off as a commercial medium in 20 years, that's precisely when people will be digging up and revisiting comics of the last 20 years and classifying us as "the such-and-such age" and talking about how great comics were back in '03.

Watson's off his rocker, commercial success has zilch to do with Golden Ages. How many great animated films and shorts of the Golden Age of Animation were commercially successful? Not nearly as many as you may think. That's the FIRST thing people forget about, is how popular a given movie or book was financially. We'd all like it if we were making a gazillion dollars off of comics, but that's a seperate issue.

Also didn't appreciate the snobbery about how internet comics are inferior, but I suppose we'll have to put up with that for a while...