Lynn Arave at the Deseret Morning News has a brief but somehow substantive interview with Dan Didio who assures us the comics industry isn’t dying after all:
“I think it’s transforming,” Dan DiDio said in a telephone interview. “It’s not dying.”
The senior vice president/executive editor for DC Comics said collectability alone gives comic books much more appeal and greater issue longevity, than, say, newspapers. Today’s comic-book readers also demand a slick product with a complex storyline, and that’s what they’re getting.
He’s not sure comic books will ever become strictly an online product, because for comics the collectability is in the printed page. “But, there’s room for both.”
DiDio said comic-book speciality stores are also stabilizing the industry. “I think there’s always an appetite for the market. Our audience is older and more sophisticated.”
Seriously, Lynn Arave, why do we even have to ASK if the comics industry is dying? With regular bestsellers on multiple lists, mainstream book award nominations, and rising sales for a half dozen genres you would never even have seen five years ago, “dying” is the farthest thing from what the industry is doing.