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September 7, 2016

Random Comics News Story Round-Up

image* Zach Blumenfeld argues for Watchmen's undercurrent of optimism.

* decent not-comics piece on ageism in the workplace, over at NYT. There aren't really a lot of industry jobs for this to become a factor in comics the way it is in other industries, but it's there, and the way we treat age within the community and art form can be interesting as well. I think comics does a pretty good job in some of its worlds with allowing its best practitioners a lifetime's platform. There are a lot of older alt-comics, art-comics and newspaper strip artists. Comics does less well in other areas, like commercial genre comics. A lot of comics creators become industry members as creative opportunities dry up. There is, of course, a lot of disdain directed from people under 35 at the moral failings of previous generations just as many older people castigate the work ethic and ability of younger comics people. It's always something to keep in mind. Comics is richer for participation of people in every age group.

* Christian Hoffer looks at the recent on-line arguments about the conflicting aspects of the Direct Market and unpacks things in a rational matter. Hoffer makes an argument for working the system with pre-orders, at least to a certain extent, that is a thousand miles away from anything I'd pay attention to as a consumer. Hoffer is about 30, so his experience is going to be way different than those whose habits were shaped in the '80s and '90s.

* finally, I like Ed Brubaker's newsletter. There's a bunch of preview stuff from this week's Kill Or Be Killed, too. That is an exceedingly handsome comic.
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