Shaenon T. Garrity, as she so often does, sums up all the things we’ve been talking about with a piece called Ten Things to Know About the Future of Comics. A sample:
Format is infinitely mutable. But so what? You’ll pick up the trade. You’ll read it online. The age-old format wars and lamentations on the death of beloved antique media are gibberish to anyone under 30.
More on the new canon, the fate of manga, and the future demographics in the link. Oh, and one more:
7. Manga has changed the game. Young creators think in terms of the sprawling, subjective, emotional approach to visual storytelling shared, to one degree or another, by most manga. They’ve picked up other ideas from mainstream manga, too. Focus on characters over plot. A love for iconic, instantly appealing character designs (but not, unfortunately, a love for bothering to draw backgrounds). And total comfort with merchandising. Why would you not want something fun made out of your characters?
Heidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she worked for Disney, DC Comics, Fox and Publishers Weekly. She can be heard regularly on the More To Come Podcast. She likes coffee, cats and noble struggle.