I just reread Kim Thompson's article "A Modest Proposal: More Crap is What We Need," posted on the Comics Journal website several years ago. His basic thesis is that the American comics market is divided between really good stuff and really bad stuff, with nothing in between, and that this is a bad thing:
What do you all think of this thesis?Originally Posted by Kim
My first impression is that Kim is seriously undervaluing American mainstream comics. Even today, when the mainstream is really, really bad-- worse than at any time since 1993 at least-- there is still some interesting, original stuff coming out of Marvel, DC, Image and Dark Horse. At the same time, not all "art comics" (a term I've never liked) are as good as Kim claims.
However, I think he also does have a point. Currently, the American comics market does seem to be split between really good stuff and really bad stuff, and there doesn't seem to be much in between. Jeff Smith and Stan Sakai are examples of cartoonists who straddle the divide, but are they the rule or the exception?
Do we need more comics that just try to be good, solid and readable, without either appealing to humanity's lowest and basest instincts, or striving for celestial heights of greatness? What do you all think?