Comics are for adults now...and that's killing the industry due to lack of growth.
Comics are priced out of the range of children and are sold in places that kids don't go to with their parents.
Comics are increasingly graphic in all regards and the number of all ages books is shrinking.
If a real move isn't made to bring in new readers (availability, price, format) the comic market is only going to continue to shrink.
Gimmicky tweaking, reboots and .1s serve only to shuffle adult readers from one company are title to another. The market needs to grow again rather than just keep fighting over the same 30-40 year olds.
Wow this blog is getting better posts now I think than when it was posted 2 years ago. I agree with you completely.
I believe the lack of deaths throughout the 60s-85 got people questioning the mortality of their favorite characters
You are right but now the door has swung the other way. No character stays dead so we still have the question of mortality. I know that Ted Kord is dead now but he will come back. They all do. Vibe for example will be back in his own series in a few weeks. It is serial mortality. Death means nothing in comics. I've gotten so jaded to comic deaths that it doesn't bother me that they died. I am only annoyed that I have to wait years for them to come back.
@LordMaverick: @time: @akbogert: @Eternal19: @colonyofcells: @roboadmiral: @blackwolf0925: Akbogert said it best. Perfect post. right down to the "Holy Grave Digging Batman" I did not think I would see what I think was my first blog pop up again. What others missed however is the mixture of making a movie like Dark Knight for adults and having action figures of the movie sold with kids as the target consumer. It is not about rating when you make an R movie and then gear the merchandise for kids. Some stuff is rated but only the savvy consumer knows what it appropriate for their child. It often happens that a well intentioned Grandparent buys the wrong product thinking it is alright not knowing the content. When a comic fan on a comic website like (blackwolf0925 in the post just above) does not know if there is a rating on comics how are parents who have no idea expected too?