- Posted by Johanna on January 3, 2006 at 2:18 pm
- Category: LinkBlogging
Comic Book Galaxy has put up a 2006 roundtable, asking retailers, critics, and journalists what they thought about the year just past and what they see happening in comics next year. There’s lots of talk about corporate comic trends, with recognition that DC and Marvel are making bigger bets (with potentially greater risks and rewards) than usual. The overall take is very direct-market-centric, with no mention of manga, for instance (except in Christopher Allen’s sarcastic parody comments), but it’s a interesting slice of what people are thinking and talking about. Then this paragraph, from James Sime, made me do a double-take:
“any brief tour of the vast array of comic-related blogs, message boards, and news sites will show that there are literally thousands of intelligent, funny, passionate, and creative comic readers out there, some of whom I think could bring amazing things to the comic industry as publishers, retailers, and creators. That’s what I’d like to see as a dream project that would set the industry on fire, thousands of potential comic creators bringing the passion, charm, and wit that makes them such entertaining writers, pontificators, and industry personalities to the published comic book page. Wouldn’t it be cool to go to the comic shop and be able to pick up monthly books from people like Ian Brill, Chris Butcher, Graeme Mcmillan, Heidi MacDonald, Sean Maher, John Jakala, Joanna Draper Carlson, Augie de Blieck, and Neilalien? Me, I’d love it.”
Um… no, thank you, but I appreciate the compliment. And I apologize to Alan — he asked me to participate in this, and what with the holidays, I never got back to him.