Entry: International Comic Arts Association Friday, April 02, 2004

Comic Pimp:  I love that there will finally be an industry association for comic books and graphic novels

The Comic Pimp, a weekly columnist I have written about before, loves the idea.  It makes sense to me as an outsider to the industry, too.

Comic readership has been stagnant for years.  The same people have been buying graphic novels and comic books for years, with little gain of new readership.  Despite this, people in other creative areas have been hammering at the doors of comicdom for ideas, writing, and looks.

Marvel, famously, has been putting out all of its classic titles into the movie market:  The Hulk, The X Men, Daredevil, Spider-Man, The Punisher.  But also, other comic houses have had films made from their titles:  Spawn, Hellboy, Monkey-Bone, Ghost World, and Men In Black spring to mind, even before you take in the DC titles like Batman and Superman.  In addition, movies and TV shows have been taking ideas, looks, and overall cool from comics:  The Matrix, Alias, and Buffy the Vampire Slayer all bear the clear marks of comicdom in their look-and-feel.

And more are on the way.

Given the cool factor that comes from comics' children, it is only natural that the publishers of comics feel the time is ripe to improve the circulation of the comics themselves.

Anything that helps creative people be more creative or gain more from their creativity without harm to others works for me.

Check it out.


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