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Friday, March 24, 2023 

Salesman at a Maryland convention claims Marvel movies brought children back to the comics

Here's an article on the Frederick News-Post about the local comics convention this year, and one of the vendors said the following:
Comic books had been lagging for younger kids, but then the Marvel series of movies brought kids back to comics.

"That's our next generation,"
Hovatter said.

From the Marvel and DC Comics universes, kids will move to more niche titles and subjects as they grow up, he said.
This decidedly continues to be a laughable claim that additionally ignores the current reality, wherein wokeness has been injected into both Marvel/DC movies that's not suitable for children, like the LGBT ideology that's been shoehorned into the Eternals and Thor films, and more recently, the Shazam films. Not to mention that, despite what's alleged, with sales so hilariously low, it's clear hardly any children are even reading the most woke books from the Big 2.
Shoff's shows are known as a place to find vendors with issues that people are looking for, Hovatter said.

Finding that special issue that you've been looking for is a big part of collecting, he said.

"The hunt is half the fun," he said.
But what if that special issue's since been reprinted in trade collections? Wouldn't it be far better to buy it that way? I just don't understand the logic behind all this continued focus on pamphlets, seeing how outmoded they became long ago, yet nobody who's an industrialist so much as questions whether things should change, and very few publishers have. The mainstream certainly haven't. Some sales vendors are so naive, and clearly don't have the confidence to acknowledge something or anything's gone wrong with modern comics development. Oddly enough, the same article also says prior to these parts:
Today, younger people seem to like toys and cards such as Pokémon more than comic books, said Derek Woywood, one of the vendors Sunday.
And if it's manga they're into, the reason why is because most foreign writers and artists aren't insulting the intellect of their audiences by injecting politically motivated material into their work for the sake of propaganda. How come nobody in the USA's got the courage to point that out?

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