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December 20, 2004

Apparently, 2004 Kind of Sucked

imageI always enjoy reading Paul O'Brien at Ninth Art and his article reviewing the year that was 2004 is no exception. O'Brien puts together a fine litany of horrors, and I think he has the general trend of mainstream comics correct -- for those keeping count at home, he goes with "circle-jerk" over "inbred." I'm still curious that if manga has been the story three years in a row now, why are the particulars of American comics industry maneuvers more worthy of analysis than the specifics of manga company strategies? There was a time in the 1990s when DC was treated less as their own company and more as "Not Marvel"; are we becoming guilty of treating manga more and more as "Not Comics"?
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