It’s the biggest year-end survey ever! We’re going to keep going until it’s all done though. People from EVERY walk of the comics industry sounds off on what they hope for in the new year, and along the way there’s lots of news, and a few previews, too. Previous installments: one, two and three.
Kurt Busiek, writer
2010 projects: Astro City (Variant cover above), Marvels: Eye of the Camera
What was the biggest story in comics in 2009? Paul Levitz stepping down as DC’s President and Publisher. The last guy in charge to have roots going back before the rise of the Direct Market. Paul’s always been a careful, deliberate manager of DC’s fortunes, and whoever winds up at his desk, it’ll mean big changes, one way or the other, for DC and for the comics industry.
What will be the biggest story in comics in 2010? Comics and the recession. Do they continue to skate above it, or do they stumble?
What guilty pleasure (of any kind) are you looking forward to in 2010? Can’t wait for the THIRTEEN (GOING ON 18) collection from Drawn & Quarterly. John Stanley teen goodness! And Im’ hoping for another WALT & SKEEZIX volume. But I don’t feel guilty about either one…
When I think of comics in the 00s I think of: The rise of the ongoing company-wide storyline. Not just a crossover, but a years-long narrative that surges through the major companies’ shared universe lines, exciting a lot of readers and chasing others away. There’s a lot of talk of “event fatigue” these days, but it still seems to be working…for now.