The LA Times ran a commentary earlier this week severely criticizing the comics business. It was written by Gerard Jones, the author of “Men of Tomorrow: Geeks, Gangsters and the Birth of the Comic Book“. The commentary gives a brief history of the business behind comics and points to the recent lawsuits involving Stan Lee and Marvel as an indication of overall business problems within the industry.
Here’s a quote from the commentary, “The result of this penny-pinching, shortsighted business culture is that American comics never grew far beyond their starting point.”
Ouch. It stings more because it’s true.