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Friday, July 25, 2014 

SDCC coverage again has little to say about printed comics

The AP Wire published their report on this year's SDCC, and again, it's one of those kind of article that has little or nothing to say about comics, so much as it does about the movies and other merchandise based on them. I think this line sums it up best:
Wonder Women, Batmen and other costumed characters fill the downtown streets, where businesses have been transformed into temporary showcases for video games, toys and movies.
But not comics? Why no mention of pamphlets or paperbacks? I think this tells all we need to know about what the mainstream press really thinks of comic books: they probably aren't even interested in reading them.

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Most comics conventions have become "temporary showcases for video games, toys, and movies." There are often more booths and tables devoted to movies and games than to comics. And not even necessarily media adaptations of comics-related stuff (Batman, Avengers, Guardians of the Galaxy). There are more and more panels and booths for TV shows like Breaking Bad and Mad Men, which have nothing to do with comics. The medium is dying, becoming as obsolete as 8-tack tapes and VCR's.

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