Posted Aug 31, 2017 at 08:38 pm

So did anyone hear the new rumor that Disney might shut down Marvel comics and "lease" out its properties to other publishers?

Personally, I feel the writing's on the wall for the comic book direct market - sales have been lousy for years, nobody gives a shit about reading capes when they can go see a cape movie instead (cape movies being arguably better than most cape comics, too), and the money is in merch now. If Marvel goes in any meaningful way, LCSs will be reeling even more than normal, Diamond will be reeling, and creators will be reeling too.

I could talk about this for a while, but suffice to say, comic books have little place in a world where energy is expensive. It got its subsidies from the 30s-70s from cheap fossil fuels, and now that those subsidies are starting to run out, nobody can afford to pay creators, consumers can't afford to to keep up with floppies, and comic books stores can't afford to keep the lights on. It's a doomed industry, and we're going to have to learn a thing or two about the post-Napster collapse of the music industry in order to make it through the years ahead. That, or just accept that comics will increasingly become a labor of love and nothing more - settle for breaking even and then maybe the medium (not the industry) will finally be able to revitalize itself into being something respectable again.

Burn, baby, burn.

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