Punchy wrote:Comics are not dying, they are just changing, and kids are not the future. The future is 20 and 30-somethings.
I honestly couldn't give a monkeys about whether there are any age-appropriate comics for kids, as most 'all-ages' comics are deliberately unintelligent, and underestimate and insult children. Children should be reading upwards, not having comics written down to them. In the 80s, you had 8 year-olds reading Kraven's Last Hunt or Sin-Eater, which were dark as hell, and that was the way it should be, if you compare those stories to Marvel Adventures Spider-Man, there is a clear gap in quality.
Make good comics and stop worrying about if children read them.
How do you get it and not get it at the same time (to the same fucking degree, I might add), Punchy? You're a genius in that regard.
Yes, you're 500% correct that the Comic Book Industry needs to focus on quality, and not insult the intelligence of its readers (which happens FAR too often in the General Big 2 Comics now and days). Writers will only assure that the 4-Color Comic Book Industry is resigned to magnanimous grave if they do not understand that All-Ages does not mean everything you described.
However, I really do believe that you need to understand that for ANY Industry to remain healthy, it must be in a place where you will most assuredly attract new customers/clients, which in turn will spend the most dollars for your product.The 4-Colors need to cast as wide of a net as possible to ensure the survival of the Industry at large.
Now before you continue to harp on the legitimate concern of whether we would see the amazing comic books that we do get, I must bring up a couple of points.
1) Creator-Owned Comics would not have to be aim at All-Ages Audiences, unless they want them to be. This Industry needs a place where the Older and Adult Reader can read stories that are aimed to entertain and challenge them. The Japanese Manga Industry has a thriving sector aimed at Adult Audiences. Creator-Owned Comics could serve as the arm (but not be limited to, mind you) for the older audiences who enjoy comics.
2) The thing that people need to remember is that Comics once served as the "cutting edge" of entertainment for young audiences. Now what I mean by "cutting edge" is that Comics, due to their nature could get away with things that Television could not. The same thing could happen today. Go back and Analyze the more famous (and critically acclaimed) stories of the past 7 years, is there REALLY anything that needs to be changed besides some of the more Vulgar Sexual Overtones and Graphic Displays of Violence? Sure you would need to be more creative with these things, but most writers would be forced to write a better story without such easy cop outs.
In short, I really do feel its time for the Industry (especially the Big 2) to get back to its All-Ages roots. Like the nostalgia lovers, the "No Kids Allowed in my LCS" bros need to be ignored.