“This wasn’t universally true of the comic book industry, but it was true enough for long enough in this country to inhibit the medium’s growth to full potential. Oddly, in the 1980s, a compensatory effort to make comic books more appealing to older readers erred in another direction by supposing that “mature themes” would enable comics to grow up. Although that’s probably valid to some extent, the notion too frequently took flight by mistakenly equating “social issues” or “personality portrayal” with “mature themes.” – R.C. Harvey on the Economics of Comics
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Illustrator and Animator Jonathan Djob Nkondo (a.k.a. Absenteism) uploaded this excerpt a few months back from his series Square 1. Not sure if there is going to be second printing for Square 1 but these web pieces are good too.
Unrelated, but here’s a song for a rainy day.