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    Default Do they still make comics...?

    I was traveling this week and took up a conversation with the woman sitting next to me on the airplane. I had a book in the pouch in front of me, and she asked, " Do you read a lot of books?". I told her that I tend to drag them out, only reading about 2 or 3 a year, but mentioned that I regularly read comic books, as they tend to be 10 or 20 minute investments in time. That's when she said it. " Oh, do they still make comics?"

    Wow. I guess the visibility is less than ever for the hobby as far as the everyman, or woman goes, nowadays. I explained that they are offered mostly in specialty shops anymore. No more spinner racks at the dime store or newstand exposure. Makes me feel a bit like a dinosaur hearing stuff like that. Will comics even survive in the specialty climate for another 10 or 20 years? This is nothing new, I guess. There are probably a ton of threads with the exact sentiment, but I couldn't help myself.

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    I think that's a statement more of her ignorance than the state of the comics industry.

    But it is suggestive that comics could use some better marketing.

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    I actually don't think it is in that much of dire straights. For the most part most women don't read comics in any case.

    From first hand experience, most people i've met realize that comics are still printed that i've taken it for granted as common knowledge. I mean it is on the news about comic con and such.
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    Unless there's a movie out based on a comic, the only comic the general public is aware of is Naruto.

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    I hear that question all the time. Admittedly, it's usually after someone asks, "What do you do?"
    When I tell them I work in a comic book shop, they usually follow it up with, "Oh, do they still make those?"

    For most people, the only time they ever saw comics was at the newsagents, and in sample bags at the Exhibition (the equivalent to a state fair). In both cases, you just don't see them anymore.
    It's not such a reach to then just assume that they've gone away.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chris Nowlin View Post
    I think that's a statement more of her ignorance than the state of the comics industry.
    I think you've been hanging around too many comic book readers... Comics are invisible to those who don't partake. They sell in numbers so low that it would be fair to call them a fetish item. And they are next to invisible outside of speciality shops.

    It's a greater surprise the woman even knew what a comic book was!
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    Quote Originally Posted by schwamp View Post
    I was traveling this week and took up a conversation with the woman sitting next to me on the airplane. I had a book in the pouch in front of me, and she asked, " Do you read a lot of books?". I told her that I tend to drag them out, only reading about 2 or 3 a year, but mentioned that I regularly read comic books, as they tend to be 10 or 20 minute investments in time. That's when she said it. " Oh, do they still make comics?"

    Wow. I guess the visibility is less than ever for the hobby as far as the everyman, or woman goes, nowadays. I explained that they are offered mostly in specialty shops anymore. No more spinner racks at the dime store or newstand exposure. Makes me feel a bit like a dinosaur hearing stuff like that. Will comics even survive in the specialty climate for another 10 or 20 years? This is nothing new, I guess. There are probably a ton of threads with the exact sentiment, but I couldn't help myself.

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    Doesn't apply here. Here, everyone reads comics these days. Especially them cool hip and happening college crowd.

    It kind of annoys me, because all of a sudden everyone is into comics. Blech.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Asmith View Post
    I think you've been hanging around too many comic book readers... Comics are invisible to those who don't partake. They sell in numbers so low that it would be fair to call them a fetish item. And they are next to invisible outside of speciality shops.

    It's a greater surprise the woman even knew what a comic book was!
    but with shows like big bang theory and movies like jay and silent bob, comic book stores are portrayed in popular entertainment even if comic books themselves are not. to me it's almost like an mp3 owner saying "compact disks, do they still make those?"


    and bookstores, grocery stores, and super walmart still have small comic book selections in the magazine section out here
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    Quote Originally Posted by StarsAndGarters View Post
    Unless there's a movie out based on a comic, the only comic the general public is aware of is Naruto.
    I was unaware there was a comic about Naruto.

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    Quote Originally Posted by StarsAndGarters View Post
    Unless there's a movie out based on a comic, the only comic the general public is aware of is Naruto.
    I'm going to say you're wrong, in part because of the "who knew there was a Naruto comic," in part because of Archie digests in the supermarket checkout line having a lot more visibility.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Asmith View Post
    I think you've been hanging around too many comic book readers... Comics are invisible to those who don't partake. They sell in numbers so low that it would be fair to call them a fetish item. And they are next to invisible outside of speciality shops.

    It's a greater surprise the woman even knew what a comic book was!
    I would probably agree with that.

    A best selling comic book sells about 100,000-150,000 copies in North America in any particular month which is pitiful.

    You would think with so many comic book based movies that the industry would have a wider market penetration.

    It's not a mainstream hobby mainly due to the difficulty in obtaining the product outside of specialist stores that don't tend to be in major malls where the mainstream hang out.

    Trades being sold in the likes of Barnes and Noble etc are probably helping, but they need to market and sell in more mainstream avenues.

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    Quote Originally Posted by StoneGold View Post
    I'm going to say you're wrong, in part because of the "who knew there was a Naruto comic," in part because of Archie digests in the supermarket checkout line having a lot more visibility.
    Okay, I'll retract and rephrase my vague generalization. Unless there's a movie out based on a comic, the only comic anyone under 20 is aware of is Naruto.

    I guess what I'm trying to say is that "nobody reads comics anymore" really means "the kids don't read comics anymore." Which isn't true, since a whole helluva lot of them are reading manga.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chris Nowlin View Post
    I think that's a statement more of her ignorance than the state of the comics industry.
    I'm going with this too. It does seem like such an uninformed question. Besides the increasing number of movies and television shows based on comics, references in a variety of different media, and more stories than ever about comic books by sources ranging from Entertainment Weekly to The New York Times to Anderson Cooper 360 to The Daily Beast, asking if comics are still being made comes across a bit like asking if network television still makes original programming. Yeah, the numbers may be lower than they used to be, but it hasn't stopped happening and it'd be big news if it did.
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    Quote Originally Posted by schwamp View Post
    I was traveling this week and took up a conversation with the woman sitting next to me on the airplane. I had a book in the pouch in front of me, and she asked, " Do you read a lot of books?". I told her that I tend to drag them out, only reading about 2 or 3 a year, but mentioned that I regularly read comic books, as they tend to be 10 or 20 minute investments in time. That's when she said it. " Oh, do they still make comics?"

    Wow. I guess the visibility is less than ever for the hobby as far as the everyman, or woman goes, nowadays. I explained that they are offered mostly in specialty shops anymore. No more spinner racks at the dime store or newstand exposure. Makes me feel a bit like a dinosaur hearing stuff like that. Will comics even survive in the specialty climate for another 10 or 20 years? This is nothing new, I guess. There are probably a ton of threads with the exact sentiment, but I couldn't help myself.

    Thoughts or similar experiences? Anyone?

    If she reads books, you'd think the shelf full of graphic novels at most book stores would have tipped her off...but yes, I think they should still be in spinner racks. Or near the checkout, a nostalgic impulse buy from some one getting apple juice and doritos could easily hook long time readers that would never have bothered going to a comic store. Also, I watch Batman Brave andf the Bold, Xmen, Spectacular Spiderman, Iron Man, Superhero Squad...I can not BELIEVE I don't see adds for all the direct to dvd movies they make (Public Enemies, Hulk vs., etc.). They just count on kids sensing they're coming, or lucking into them at the store?

    Quote Originally Posted by StarsAndGarters View Post
    comic the general public is aware of is Naruto.
    Wow...the public in your area is different than mine...say Naruto to most "general public" folks, and they'll say "Bless you.".

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    It kind of annoys me, because all of a sudden everyone is into comics. Blech.
    The more they buy, the better shape the comics industry is in. Just keep repeating that to yourself...like a mantra...
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    I think most people know that comics exist, and are still made. You just stumbled across someone who didn't. I'm pretty sure everyone I know, despite not liking comics, are still aware of the fact that they are made.

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