Comics in the book store

Over at the Beat, Heidi MacDonald talks about all the cartoonists getting deals with traditional book publishers. What does this mean for the future of the comics business and comic book shops?

Beats me. But it's going to be interesting to see what happens with the medium over the next few years. Seems like broader distribution and acceptance of comics works is a good thing but--as Heidi mentions--it's different. More people--more diverse people--are starting to read comics. Are longtime readers ok with opening up the doors of their exclusive club?

Will there be two comics industries: One that publishes mainly super-hero books for the fans for distribution in comic book shops and another that publishes more "respectable" work that gets placed in mainstream book stores?

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