Trade Paperback

Think of the World Series, the Super Bowl, or brushing your teeth.  It’s like hitting a reset button on your game system as a way to start over.  The same is true for the wide world of graphic novels.

Every year vendors across the nation host an annual “Free Comic Book Day”.  It’s always held on the first Saturday in the month of May.

Mini Comic Cons pop up everywhere and it’s fun for everyone, regardless of what demo you find yourself in.   It’s also good for local artists to showcase and sell their work, pick up on the latest storylines, and, often, shops will sell older books at discount.  It can also be a good way to catch up with the latest trends on everything from today’s best artist, to the newest art styles, characters, movies, and opinions on movies, independent of the socials. You know, the old fashioned way of having a conversation.

But, as with most things, it’s been cancelled and postponed until further notice.

Seems like digital offerings are available and are probably very likely to become even more popular as the industry continues to see massive changes but the big differences won’t be in how it’s delivered.   Instead, it’s how you’ll be picking it up.  Something about a $3.99 trade paperback doesn’t excite me but neither does the idea of reading my book on the phone or PC.  If I have a physical copy, I have it on demand.   Literally.

Without a doubt, we’ll always have storytellers weaving interesting epics of superheroes and we’ll always have the silver age to look back on.   But only time will tell if the business of comics, along with the shared enjoyment, survives.

(Note: so far, free comic book day has been pushed back to August 2021)

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