Originally posted by jack:
I know I have an automatic bias as a store owner, but it just gives me the creeps to think that Borders or B&N would ever have a positive impact on distribution for comics.
Would Wal-Mart "lower their prices" on comics every day, for example?
I just don't see it happening if from a purely aesthetic/economic standpoint more than anything else.
I see Wal-Mart having as much to do with Borders and B&N as (I figure) you see B&N and Borders in connection with Comic Book Stores.
I'm not talking about SALES--
I'm talking about people's opinion of Sequential Art. The majority of the American population has a negative viewpoint of comics. (if they ever think about at all...)
This stereotype is no different than the unthinking stereotypes people have of blacks, latinos, asians, gays, WWF fans, juggalos, or any number of "minority groups." I was never one to buy into stereotypes of any kind. (even though my socialogical brain seems to be "hard-wired" to accept them...grrr!) I like to see each individual as an individual rather than one of a group.
But that's me.
In my own work (and presentation of it) I strive to create "literate" comics that the "general public" won't dismiss out of hand. I present these to new, potential readers with pride in my own work and the whole of the comic book medium. When people read my work, they generally say, "I never knew comics could be done like THIS." Then I go into a shpeal (how DO you spell that?) about the great number of great books that happen to be drawn as well as written.
The revolution is continuing from 1986. The revolution will continue. Slowly.
Keeping the Message of Words & Pictures Alive since 1979!