Maggie Thompson talks about her time with the Comic Buyer’s Guide:
I think we were part of the party. People were having fun with it and we were part of the fun. It was a delight to be in contact with so many people, and to really work at the outreach that we were all looking for at that point. Because what is today such a popular art form that it makes the cover of Entertainment Weekly, at that point still was a very localized, almost a cult following of aficionados who understood the art form.Now it’s kind of taken for granted and has almost gone the other way. It has reached the point at which some people are concerned that comics require so much knowledge that the beginner would have a lot of trouble finding their way through this incredibly technical art form. As we all know, comics are fun. I have lectured a couple of times with the title “Don’t be afraid of graphic novels, they’re just comic books,” which to me is very amusing.