The small press circuit is, well, small and I have seen a lot of folks who have had very promising beginnings making comics – but then they sort of just disappear.
Cheap to produce, easy to distribute, and packed with drama (high or low), they [comics] are about the only serious antagonists of the cerebral abstraction that fills the art academies at the moment.
There’s a reason that when people wear DC Comics on their T-shirts, it’s not the characters but symbols on their shirt.
I had no reservations about going to comic book conventions because comics are a medium, not a genre, and while at the larger cons there are people dressed up as Batman, there are also quiet corners where the folks in plastic framed glasses get together and talk theory.
The history of cartooning is mostly the history of famous cartoon “characters” — not powerful or meaningful stories.