Comic Pros and Media Sugarcoating an Industry in Critical Condition

King gave an interview to Fargo’s KVRR station, where he said:


Even with the pandemic, King believes the comics industry is still doing well.

“Comics and graphic novels are the one medium that will keep going strong during this virus and then artistically react to it so that you can read new product, good, brilliant product, that’s being made during and about the virus,” King said.


Yup, and don’t admit quite a few specialty stores went out of business over the past few years. What is doing well now are some of the crowdfunded independents, and that’s what’ll likely be the future of comics going forward, not unlike Europe. King doesn’t “believe” the industry is doing well, so much as he does want the wider public not part of the audience to believe it. By the way, what makes comicdom the “one” medium that’ll endure, but not the simple book medium?

While we’re on the subject, the Cumberland Times-News fawned over a special panel Ta-Nehisi Coates will be part of, Notable Maryland Authors, and Coates told them:


The Maryland author for July is Ta-Nehisi Coates. His notable quote is “I was made for the library, not the classroom. The library was open, unending, free.” The genre is superhero comics.

He has published three non-fiction books: “The Beautiful Struggle,” “Between the World and Me” and “We Were Eight Years in Power: An American Tragedy.” “Between the World and Me” won the 2015 National Book Award for Nonfiction.

Coates has also written a Black Panther series and a Captain America series for Marvel Comics. His first novel, “The Water Dancer,” was published in 2019.

Coates was born in Baltimore, Maryland, grew up in the Mondawmin area, and graduated from Woodlawn High School. Coates’ interest in books was instilled at an early age when his mother, a teacher, in response to bad behavior, would require him to write essays. As a child, Coates found escape from the often-bleak reality of West Baltimore by immersing himself in the stories of superheroes. He enjoyed comic books and Dungeons & Dragons and there found early influence for his future writing career. Coates’ father was a Vietnam War veteran, former Black Panther, publisher and librarian. His father’s work with the Black Classic Press was a huge influence: Coates said he read many of the books his father published.


So his dad was a member of the Black Panther Party that came about shortly after Stan Lee created T’Challa in the pages of Fantastic Four? I suppose that could partly explain why he gravitated so much to the prince of Wakanda as a character to write in corporate owned medium, though the visions he’s applied to BP are hardly inspiring. The article doesn’t mention Coates is loved on the left because he represents their dreadful visions, nor does it make any mention of the politics he goes by, or how that’s influenced his writings more than the comics themselves. And despite what he says about being made for libraries, I’m sure he’d like to push his POV in schools just as much, and if his writings are put to use there, he’s quite delighted.

And there’s 2 of the most pretentious people who’ve ever worked in comicdom receiving only so much fluff-coated press that wouldn’t be afforded to a conservative writer.


Originally published here.

Avi Green

Avi Green

Avi Green was born in Pennsylvania in 1974, and moved to Israel in 1983. He enjoyed reading comics when he was young, the first being Fantastic Four. He maintains a strong belief in the public's right to knowledge and accuracy of facts. He considers himself a conservative-style version of Clark Kent. Follow him on his blog at Four Color Media Monitor or on Twitter at @avigreen1