‘Comics readers can be really parochial’ would be the mean way of putting it, but the fact is, comics are such a complex set of subtle visual and verbal codes that it’s easy to get thrown off by quirks in each continent’s approach to the medium, the same way that manga rubs a lot of Western (as in hemisphere, not genre) readers the wrong way. And there’s a resistance to the “album” format which I think to Americans’ eyes looks too much like a children’s book. But look, getting anything that’s both new and good to an existing public is always an uphill battle.
Comics criticism doesn’t always have to be snobby essays about stuffy independent cartoonists from the 1970s who wrote 18000 page comics about door handles – it could be about comics people actually read!
I don’t want to include my signature in my drawings, but lack of attribution is out of control. Someone please invent a new watermark.
Comics are there to maximise the visual with the minimum amount of words in the most interesting way possible.
Comics? Not comics? It only matters in so far as it means someone will (or won’t) pick up the book and take it home.