SDCC: The (Maybe) Imminent Demise of Monthly Comics

Van Jensen

Van Jensen is a former crime reporter turned comic book writer. In addition to ComicMix, he contributes to Publishers Weekly and Comic Book Resources. He lives in Atlanta, and his blog can be found at

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8 Responses

  1. Glenn Hauman says:

    Gosh, what could possibly replace it? Web publication going straight to trades perhaps? O:)

  2. Lord Snooty says:

    I still believe that the internet can be used BETTER together with PRINTING a comic !. Here in the UK a new WEEKLY comic was started with the internet in mind as it can ONLY be ordered on the net and the comic has codes at you can use online to unlock extra storys/art. The best bit is its an PRE teen comic with up tp 6 differant storys running at one time so you get a good mix of stuff.They have alo got Phillip Pullman writing for the comic with all the doom about these days its good to see someone trying to open up the market to new readers at an age that they can get hooked. If the website works in the US its <a href="” target=”_blank”>

    • Mike Gold says:

      Isn't 2000 AD being sold online in downloadable PDF format? Not a bad idea — not as good as "free," of course — but for a big weekly anthology title that seems pretty convenient.

      • Lord Snooty says:

        Good one MIke I forgot about 2000AD online !! another great use of the net to a get a PRINTED comic to a much bigger market the U.S !!. But not sure now Dynamite have the rights for the U.S if it will keep going worldwide ?

        • Mike Gold says:

          I believe Dynamite is planning on going back to the beginning and printing the Dredd stories in order, which is a great idea. But only if they have the rights to the "missing" Cursed Earth stories!

          • Lord Snooty says:

            Well mike the deal was after the court case was if they didn't reprint the "missing" parts of the cursed earth no payment was need to be pay the the people who got so up set with them !! but that was in the UK not sure if they can in the U.S ! They have reprinted Dredd in order in tpb's for some time over here and they seem to sell well.

  3. Vinnie Bartilucci says:

    I seem to recall the demise of the daily newspaper was supposed to have happened by now. So too the movie theater, in place of pay-per-view releases on the day of release. CDs? can't get them anymore, everybody's downloading or pirating. Oh, wait…The comics industry will certiainly change, just as it did when the direct market was created. It will be up to the people in the industry to find a way to continue to make money in that new market. One thing I heard more than once over SDCC was the idea that the comics companies were trying to find ways to do new things in comics "while not alienating their current market", ie, pissing off the LCS owners. While it's great that they want to keep those stores healthy, some of those big changes are going to affect those stores, and eventually the pin's gonna have to be pulled, and it's their job to get out of the way.Once digital comics come from DC and Marvel, we're gonna see a push similar to the push from VHS to DVD. Extra bonus content, special deals, you name it. And it's coming. Five years, max; closer to two is my hope.

    • Neil Ottenstein says:

      "I seem to recall the demise of the daily newspaper was supposed to have happened by now." Well, the demise of the daily newspaper is getting closer and closer as more newspapers are losing money all the time. I still think there is a place for a daily newspaper, though, and would sorely miss reading it should it disappear.