Devolution: The Austin American Statesmen presents a slideshow of cartoons dating back to 1994, highlighting the way editorial cartoonist Ben Sargent’s depiction of George W. Bush has changed in the past 15 years or so.
Meanwhile, at Earth-3 Comics & Collectibles, business is fantastic: The Daily News of Los Angeles does a how’s-your-business-doing-in-the-terrible-economy piece focusing on Earth-2 Comics & Collectibles. The saddest part is the 24-year-old “graphic artist” (as opposed to a musician or dancer or poet, I guess) who expresses shame at having to get graphic novels from the library, and having to visit the teen section to do so. There’s no shame in borrowing graphic novels from the library, people! I highly encourage it. The more people who borrow GNs from libraries, the more GNs they’ll order. And they can generally afford to buy the expensive stuff that a single consumer might be reluctant to blow $50 on, like a DC Archive of Golden Age material or a Dark Horse collection of Green Lama or Herbie comics.
Thank God for The Dark Knight then: This brief USA Today piece about how well comics sold last year includes this curious lead: “The comic-book industry, helped by the enormous success of films such as The Dark Knight, showed continued growth in the burgeoning graphic novel category, according to an exclusive look at top sellers.” Oh, is that so? Then I imagine Batman, Iron Man, The Hulk, Hellboy, Punisher, Wanted, The Spirit and Speed Racer dominated comics and trade sales in ’08 then? What’s that, Secret Invasion was the best-selling comic, and Watchmen the big graphic novel success? Huh. (I know, I know, The Spirit, Speed Racer, The Hulk and Punisher movies were all considered unsuccessful at the box office. And The Spirit at least came out too late in the year to affect sales anyway.)
#26. You get to read about comics: Tom Spurgeon presents “25 Great Things About Being a Comics Fan”:
21. New Comics Day comes in the middle of the week, just when it’s most needed.
22. Old people to whom you’re related will clip comics-related newspaper articles and send them to you.
23. The spinner rack, the long box, the Mylar bag, the acid-free board, the sleeve: even the places you keep the stuff have entertaining names.
Seriously. Go read it.