Tom Spurgeon posts a spiteful missive from some unnamed comics exec. It is notable only for its ignorance:
“I’m sick of the complaints about Diamond’s new policy. … Are they obligated to keep laying off employees, so that they can continue to list shitty comics? … But more to my point, I’ve long longed for someone — anyone — to concept some new ways to get the indy comics / mini–comics out there, … Quit complaining, grow and evolve, or shut the hell up and go away.”
It’s the usual crap from someone who doesn’t realize the bandwagon has already passed them by. It’s this same kind of myopic attitude that allowed foreign imports to claim a huge portion of a new generation of comics readers. Nope, nobody will read anything except superheroes and then only in a monthly pamphlet format. And those will only sell in special stores we call “the direct market.”
Well guess what, gutless anonymous one. There already is a way to get the new comics in front of people – webcomics. And you know that artificial standard of art quality you think so highly of? Meet xkcd.com, one of the most popular comics out there right now. Yup, he makes a living off of stick figures.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – the best American comics today are on the web. They went there because industry people like you were too short-sighted in the eighties and nineties to develop talent here at home. To develop and educate a market for diverse readerships. For crying out loud, you already had the publishing industry putting out picture books for little kids. You couldn’t figure out how to build on that?
So here’s some advice for you Anonymous: “Quit complaining, grow and evolve, or shut the hell up and go away.”
Update: while I take issue with what the anonymous writer said, I have no problem with Tom publishing it – with or without a name attached.