Friday, December 23, 2011

What If Companies Cared About Good Comics and Not Just Good Sales? - Grant McLaughlin

A little late, but better that then never, right?

Four rows, each comprised of a single panel.

1 – The image for each panel will be relatively similar, being compose of three main elements: a comic book store, a newspaper box, and two comic book readers walking in the foreground of the panel. For simplicity's sake, let's call the store “Comic Books”. Picture your standard comic book store, and you've probably got a good idea as to what this one looks like. The headline of the newspaper reads “National Crime Rate Plummeting”.

CAPTION: Month 1.

COMIC BOOK READER: I still can't believe how awesome comics have been lately!

2 – Same store. Maybe have a few more cars in the parking lot, a few more bodies visible inside. Apart from that, virtually the same scene with two comic book readers coming out of the store. The newspaper headline now reads “World Hunger Solved!”

CAPTION: Month 3.

COMIC BOOK READER: Who would have known that giving creators so much freedom would have such positive results?

3 – The store has been expanded. It is now quite a bit bigger and the sign reads “Comic Books Plus” or something equally innocuous. The amount of cars in the parking lot and people inside has increased in a similar amount. The comic book readers walk along yet again. The newspaper headline now reads “All Diseases Cured!”

CAPTION: Month 6.

COMIC BOOK READER: In retrospect, it's crazy that this didn't happen sooner.

4 – The expanded store is still the same size, but its parking lot is overflowing and people are literally lined out the door. The comic book readers are once again in the process of exiting the store. The newspaper headline now reads “All Wars Ended Forever!”

CAPTION: Month 12.

COMIC BOOK READER: It truly is a perfect world.


  1. I can't help but read this with a tongue-in-cheek tone, which makes it quite the amusing read.

  2. I reject your reality. Good comics get made all the time and are summarily ignored.

  3. Tongue in cheek aside, I'd say comics is pretty much in a 'Golden Age' (no pun intended) in terms of its diversity and quality.

    But, like Ryan says' they just get ignored and/or cancelled.

  4. Not to plunge this into a conversation on the state of comics, but while I agree that good books get made all the time (I know I buy more than my fair share), I disagree that the existence of good comics means that companies care about good comics. My tongue-in-cheek criticism certainly wouldn't apply to all companies, but I think it's fair to say that the Big 2 are far more concerned with the bottom line than what's actually in their books. If that means we get some Batwomans and Animal Mans, that's great, but there's still a heck of a lot more Voodoos and Red Hood and the Outlaws out there, if you know what I mean.

  5. I'm taking this as a big 'up yours' to all the winging fan boys out there.

    As such, I love it.


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