Mike Manley follows up on his post about fan reaction to the just-announced Batman: Brave & the Bold cartoon with an unapologetic post titled “The Walled City of Babymania”:
I don’t expect the babymen to ever see what I’m talking about, they can’t. But the fact is their taste is not the taste of a large pool of average readers, it’s the taste of the fetishist, the niche collector. They so resist change and want such a limited type of product that unless you have been following this stuff for years it’s really not something the average reader could even get into. Even back in the 80′s you had a big variety of comic, from Richie Rich, Archies, Conan, Rock, CarToons magazine, the Warren mags, Heavey Metal ( when it was good) Marvel, DC, Goldkey/Western all of which published a much wider selection of book. Now almost everything is superjocks, some kind of zombie and if it isn’t—it doesn’t sell worth a crap. And by sell I mean enough to make the creator a few grand minimum an issue, or a livable wage.
But the sad fact is since no new kids in any real number are coming into the hobby of comics and falling in love with them for a few years and since 90-95% of retailers are the worst kind of dumb businessman you can imagine, who don’t seek to build more customers, and definitely not kids, it’s a double whammy. There has been to my observation over a 10 year unraveling of the old idea of what the comic biz was always about driven faster to it’s doom and bust by the speculators.
Much more at the link.