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December 28, 2004

Late December Means Profiles

You get a lot of company profiles at the end of the year, both for their status as feaures with wide-open window to fill a space need when it comes up, and because the calendar has analysts looking backward and forward.

imageThis profile of the last surviving company of the Independent Comics Era, Dark Horse Comics, becomes more interesting if you look at their manga efforts in the light of forthcoming projects at DC and Marvel. In fact, Dark Horse is so far ahead it can plan one of those semi-popular jumping-on 25-cent efforts around a manga title (pictured). At that point, you're not just throwing stuff against a wall to see what sticks. There are also a few, rare-for-this-kind-of-thing numbers bandied about.

imageMilton Griepp is quoted in the article, and his current endeavor provides a nice, succinct profile of the recent Disney-related comics news that tries to tie everything together for a more concise picture of what Disney is doing right now. I'm not sure what to think of the implications involved. On the one hand, Disney is smart to play it modest. On the other hand, save for work from skilled cartoonists like Don Rosa and Carl Barks (art pictured above), just about my only interest in Disney would be if they were to invest in existing comics infrastructures to make a better pipeline for its product, which would probably need to be preceded by a more dramatic, specific investment.
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