With today’s grisly economic news, Tom’s already-worthwhile interview with Scott McCloud becomes even more timely:
McCLOUD: All of them, that’s the point. [laughter]
I like that we have an economy of free and DIY and a growing market for graphic novels and an all-ages movement. Although the manga scene doesn’t have an effect on too many creators here, there’s that, and there’s the traditional superhero realm. Diversity is healthy. When you have more diversity in the marketplace, it’s healthier. When you don’t, you have crossbreeding and degradation. It’s hard to find another period of history in comics in North America where you’ve had this much diversity, maybe by a factor of three or four over the last few years. It’s pretty astonishing.
The problem is that in a few years this may result in a diversity of ways to make no money. [Spurgeon laughs] To me, that’s the sole danger. I have a problem seeing any other downside.
My big worry is what’s gonna happen to the Lehman building (above)? I used to just stand on the corner and watch the LED screens for 15 minutes at a stretch.
Finally, in these trying times, we need something to believe in.
Post by David Friedman.
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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.