Here’s why comic book publishing is doomed…
Stopped at the local library today and thought it would be fun to see what comics and graphic novels they had on the shelves. And for some reason, I made the mistake of asking the aging librarians where to find…well, let me just tell you how it went.
ME: Hi, I’m looking for comics and graphic novels.
ME: Comic books, graphic novels. Do you have a section for them?
LIBRARIAN: (loudly to other librarian) He wants to know if we have “comic books”?
And in that moment, I regretted even asking. I could feel their harsh literary judgment scalding me, and I wished that I’d asked if they had a porn section.
LIBRARIAN #2: Graphic novels? YA.
ME: Thanks. I see it…
LIBRARIAN: Go over to that section marked “YA.” That’s for “Young Adults and Teens.” That’s where we keep graphic novels.
LIBRARIAN: Teen section.
Okay. Back to the “doomed” part.
Comic book publishing is doomed if the industry continues to market comics and graphic novels to kids. Kids don’t buy comics like they used to. By and large, adults are buying comics. Don’t believe me? Go to the comic store and observe who is going up to the register to buy comics.
And let’s face it, what adult wants to be shopping or even browsing in the “teen” section of a bookstore or library.
Stop marketing comics as teen literature and make it easier for adults to shop for comics.