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Tuesday, 26 January 2016
POINTS TO PONDER...
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Here's a question for you to ponder, but first let me set the
scene. Imagine that, by the end of 2020, no published comic
periodicals exist. No BEANO, no 2000 A.D., no PHOENIX;
in fact, no other current paper comic or magazine available to
purchase in any newsagents or supermarket.
Instead, there are only collected editions in book form,
or 'graphic novels', or specially commissioned 'comic albums'
(like ASTERIX The GAUL for example) released at various
times over the year (or years). Got that? Would there still be
a comic 'industry' in your view, if comic strip material was
only available in book form or on the internet?
The word 'comic' can be applied in various ways, but
in this context, I'm using it in the traditional sense of weekly,
fortnightly or monthly paper periodicals that, in the minds of
the public, defines what a comic is (in short, a physical pub-
lication). What's your considered view on the matter?