The Rising Market of Comic Art

By MIKE BARON  |  October 19, 2009

However, the future of the art does not lie in films or in talk, but in the books themselves. Sadly, there was not much to get excited about the Commodore. The excellent West Coast underground publisher Last Gasp unveiled a new ecology-minded Slow Death comic, and the brilliant Canadian illustrator George Metzger has another book, Truckin'.

One got the impression that if progress has been made, it is more on the side of technique than on content. Young artists had beautiful things to unveil; pictures of Tarzan, vistas of god-like creatures engaged in titanic struggle, scantily-clad young ladies. Everything was rendered to visual perfection. Yet the stories were stuck in a rut, Metzger's work being among the few exceptions.

Many of the best illustrators are still wedded to super-hero shoot-em-ups or banal retellings of Biblical epics. No decent scripts, no Christopher Isherwoods or Paddy Chayefskys in the field. However, the emphasis on newness is encouraging. This convention gave the impression of a hobby that is trying to become an art in spite of the friction of the men who make it all possible, the big-money publishers. But the question still is: if Ada had appeared as a comic, would anyone have taken it seriously?

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