Thursday, June 17, 2004

Expo reality check: Christopher Butcher checks in with thoughts from Book Expo Canada:

"The big change at Book Expo, and it’s a huge change if you’re only reading about comics on the internet or visiting a very, very superhero-centric store, is how artificial and to be honest, unhealthy, the direct market really is. Out in the real world (and, yeah, I know, I don’t mean to sound like a know-it-all dick, but…) the distinctions between comic strips and comic books, between ‘mainstream’ and ‘indy’, between tradition and otherwise are greatly diminished. The Complete Peanuts Vol 1 is regarded (and I think rightly-so) as a Graphic Novel, despite the fact that it’s a collection of serialized strips. Comic strip reprints have just as much respect, if not more-so, than comics and graphic novels."