As a designer of the page — and the design of the page is key to the comic-book aesthetic – Spiegelman is asleep at the wheel.
The economics of comics is bad, no other entertainment form has increased in price adjusting for inflation harder than comics.
What superhero comics have largely become — in the last 10, 20 years in particular — are sort of like WWF wrestling matches between good guys and bad guys, but the humanity gets lost.
If comics are simply going to be a cheap way of producing storyboards for major Hollywood productions, then you might as well start chipping out the tombstone now.
If everyone had to ask permission of the author before, say, making a crappy photocopy of a comic to send to a friend, I’d never have seen some of the comics that had the most powerful effect on me as a teenager.
Comics are holistically moving toward center, along with graffiti, music, and contemporary art, and this convergence of influences is occurring “beneath the radar of the curators of high culture.” It’s powerful stuff, a sobering call to arms for the creators who will rise up and usher in tomorrow.