A good article on Ricochet, but it’s really only a small part of the problem hurting comics. Price and quality has a lot to do with it as well. While there are plenty of good artists in comics, the creative direction in a lot of series is terrible. Which is why they have to keep rebooting the series over and over again, like trying to jolt a dead patient back to life again over and over with diminishing results.
The political ideology that permeates most comics is out of touch with mainstream America. To an extent that’s almost laughable at times. Like recently when a bunch of comics pros said they were doing a Occupy Comics book around the same time the Occupy movement became a flaming pariah the world over for the excessive criminality and dysfunction of the movement and its members.
The price and availability of comics is another factor hurting it. So thank goodness for digital comics and tablet computers. Cant’t get here soon enough.
But it is true that a bone headed, one sided world-view on the part of so many comics creators (accepted by the limited pool of editors we have now) leaves a bad taste in a lot of comics fans mouths which is why sales have declined so much. Its hard to get enthused when you have to pay so much for so little and its full of North Korea type propaganda from people who don’t even know what they’re talking about. Who can forget the Obama worship in so many comics a couple years back? I’m sure a lot of creators wish people would.
Maybe if creators took the trouble to have a worthwhile point of view maybe someone would care.