This essay/article struck a particular chord with me. The person here is arguing that people won't read comics unless they're dumbed down into genre-fiction and that they don't resemble super-hero comics or art comics in any way. This person wants comics to be something where a person can walk into a store and pick up a comic to help "turn off his brain".
This isn't the beginning of it though. All the essays in the comics journal come across as rants. Badly written rants. Badly written cynical rants at that. It's getting tiresome and I don't think it gets anyone anywhere.
Aside from one or two articles saying that manga is helping pick back up comics in the minds of youth, everything else is cynicism. What do you guys think?
By the way, here's a nice little critique of most webcomics;
The Comics Journal
I fully understand (and heartily encourage) the desire to experiment and improve one's abilities, but what is this instinct that drives fledgling cartoonists to display their experimental learning experiences to the world? There's a reason that shop-owners soap up their windows when remodeling their interiors: so that you can only see their work when they're ready for you to see it. Once you put something out into the world, you can't take it back. There's a reason now-famous cartoonists publish their old sketchbooks after they have acheived some recognition for their abilities. When you invite someone to your house, do you lead them through the back alley, past the garbage cans and refuse, or do you bring them into the rooms you're proud of?