Steven Grant – He wants to kill:
It’s time to kill the 22 page story. Seriously.
Got into a couple conversations about this over the past few weeks – there seems to be something in the water – and it turns out writers hate the 22 page story. Artists aren’t that crazy about it. Readers generally find it frustrating, particularly as prices creep upward. Retailers mostly seem fine with it, since it semi-guarantees a steady flow of product. Publishers? It’s the familiar format for most of them, but most, particularly small publishers, probably aren’t seeing much in the way of profit from them anymore. I doubt many editors would care one way or the other.
Bear in mind I’m not calling for the death of the 32 page comics package, though that’s been a wobbly format for years now, and some accommodation of value and price is likely to obliterate it before too long. The 22 page story is a different beast, and a clumsy one. About all it has going for it, after all this time, is familiarity.
A return to the 17-pagers from the ’70s! Who’s with me?