The convention ended about an hour and a half previous to the writing of this post. On the whole, I enjoyed myself thoroughly; I’d go so far as to say that this statement is true for the majority of the people in attendance this weekend. Vendors, pro’s, fans, everyone seemed to be content, if not tired, at the end of the day.
So after a good meal and a chance to decompress, here are a couple of final thoughts on the weekend.
0. The nice thing about not having to fill holes in my collection is that I’m free to find things. I can flip through a box and discover a ridiculous amount books I’ve read about or heard good things about. I can also feel more free to take a chance on things just because… It was surprisingly fun to look aimlessly with no goal in mind.
1. To quote Mark Waid, “There are a lot of genuinely good people in the comic industry, but there are also a lot of lazy people in the industry.” Mr. Waid said this during the Family Friendly Comics panel. It was in reference to the current over reliance on explicit violence and gore in mainstream comics. As always though, it’s what happens to be selling. Aggravating.
2. DC does not, and for the foreseeable future will not stand for Digital Comics. Odds are they’ll stand for Dad’s Comics. They’re going to be playing catch-up and it’s going to hurt. Digicomics came up again and again in panels across the board. But, according to Ian Sattler of DC, the company is only merely looking into the possibility. Marvel has already dabbled in this and is getting much more serious about the form. The Iron-Man annual will be released on the same day in both pamphlet and digital format. Further, Mark Waid, Editor-in-Chief of BOOM!, has many of their titles online and speaks positively of it as augmenting, if not changing, the face of comics.
Success in this experiment should mean a couple of things…some obvious, some not so much:
a. The worry of the price-point might be a thing of the past…hopefully,
b. A wider audience can be reached. As Jeff Parker pointed out today in a panel, web-content of all sorts will be able to link to downloadable content. Mentioning that interviews and news stories that catch a reader’s interest could offer instant contact with content,
c. With lower overhead, companies might be more willing to experiment with content. They might also offer content that wouldn’t sell as well in paper form… a return of US1? Maybe…hmmm?
In regards to digital comics the next six months to a year will be telling.
3. Readership needs to grow or prices will continue to rise and content will continue to stay at this level of quality(?).
It could be a brave new world that we stand before, or it could be business as usual with dwindling readership.