Ninth Art was a site chock full of non-pretentious commentary on comics that has called it a day after five years of (mostly) regular updates. There's a nice farewell piece from the founders: Antony Johnston, Alasdair Watson and Andrew Wheeler and the site also picks its "best ofs" for the five years of its existence.
Paul O'Brien's "Bored With Comics" column last August was in retrospect a red flag for what is happening now. In his last piece for the site he still seems to have grown disenchanted with the failures of American comic book publishers, (both superhero and indy) to grow beyond their current readerships and notes that manga publishers may still be the ones to break out to wider audiences.
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