I hope BRian and CBR don't mind me doing this here, but it seems like the most logical place here.
This is a spin off from a thread in another forum... you can see that here: http://www.theouthousers.com/forum/v...ic.php?t=25947.
A poster named Twigglet thinks that the storied franchises are what hurt sales. That DC and Marvel's dependence on these concepts are what have taken sales of the millions in the 90s to less than 100,000 now. I think it is a lot more complicated than that.
Regardless of your view on all of that.
What determines what you buy?
Do you like following the stories that have hundreds of back issues or new books?
Why do you pick up the new books that you buy?
Why do you pick up the older titles that you do?
What do you think can be done to create a more viable industry?
What do you think can bring in new readers?