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Wednesday, October 20, 2021 

The kids at the western Massachusettes convention may be next generation of artists, but what and how will they draw?

Here's a followup by the Greenfield Recorder to the previous article they'd written about the western Massachusettes comic convention, where artist Gary Smith is quoted thus:
At the elevator leading to the fourth floor showroom, a cosplayer in a Batman costume greeted young fans, who were starstruck to meet one of their favorite heroes outside the venue’s sea of comic pages. Artist Gary Smith, former Valiant Comics artist and creator of comics “Doe-Nild” and “Tales of J’lleen,” added that seeing children at the event was particularly inspirational.

“The kids, they’re the next generation of new artists. I’d hate to see the comic industry die,” he said before motioning to a young child walking into the fourth-story showroom. “Look, there’s the next generation of artist right there!”
That may one day be the case, but, if what if they end up in a far-left college where they teach them an awfully poor approach to artwork, and lead them to believe they should emphasize mediocrity instead of merit? Or, what if they end up working for the mainstream, and wind up working on something politically motivated and utterly embarrassing? That wouldn't boost the industry image well at all. At worst, it'd spell disaster.

And that's why any future generation of artists has to enter this business with an awareness of why political correctness won't help their careers, nor the industry as a whole. Most importantly though, if a next-gen artist wants to make an impact, they can't seek jobs at the Big Two, or any publisher espousing political correctness along with divisive identity politics. Something I hope Smith understands.

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