Thereâ€™s a widespread cultural barrenness across art and political culture. But there are some pockets of resistance on the extreme margins, like the techno-savvy protest movements, small press, the creator-owned comics, that seem to be getting some signs of hope for the future. All of the genuinely interesting work is being done on the margins, with independent companies, self-producing, and alternative distribution networks.
Thereâ€™s been a growing dissatisfaction and distrust with the conventional publishing industry, in that you tend to have a lot of formerly reputable imprints now owned by big conglomerates. As a result, thereâ€™s a growing number of professional writers now going to small presses, self-publishing, or trying other kinds of [distribution] strategies.
The same is true of music and cinema, it seems that every movie is a remake of something that was better when it was first released in a foreign language, as a 1960s TV show, or even as a comic book. Now youâ€™ve got theme park rides as the source material of movies. The only things left are breakfast cereal mascots. In our lifetime, we will see Johnny Depp playing Captain Crunch.