Image Publisher Eric Stephenson gives another one of his candid, informed reviews — one of the bonuses from Image’s solidified spot as the #3 publisher is Stephenson’s increased profile. And even though Image is riding the Walking Dead Wave to increased performance all around, there is always room for improvement, he says, with a new issue of CHEW unavailable from Diamond a week after release and limited support for all-ages material:
I’m skeptical something like Bone would make it today. Nobody would support it. Bone is a success because it came out during a period when retailers and readers were more receptive to that sort of thing. I’m just as skeptical something like Fantastic Four or Spider-Man would be a success today. Those books were targeted at a general audience, and right now, the thing that’s missing from the equation – for Reed Gunther, for Super Dinosaur, for something great like Chris Giarrusso’s G-Man, even for award winning material like Marvel’s Oz books – is that nobody wants to support material aimed at a general, all-ages audience. Everyone likes to talk about getting more kids to read comics, but when work is published that might facilitate that – it’s more or less ignored.
Well worth reading the whole thing.