And if they do, that will be very bad for Paper Comics.
For those of you outside of the US, the American political parties boil down to two groups. Republicans (conservatives) and Democrats (liberals)
Now before I get 1000 emails explaining why my simplified definitions of the two groups is wrong, let me say that's typically how they are viewed, and whether I'm right about that has no bearing on today's article, so let's all agree to disagree and move on. :)
Okay, where was I.
Oh, that's right. Why Hillary will be the Doom of Paper Comics...
I would like to submit to you that some of the best comics have come from times when they were written by liberal individuals reacting against conservative US governments. And inversely, some of the worse comics have been written during times of liberal US governments.
Let me *prove* my point...
Back in the 1970's Richard Nixon, a staunch republican, was President. During the 70's we got Jim Starlin reacting to this *oppressive* political climate with this guy:
And while many of you may remember Starlin's fantastic run on Adam Warlock, how many of you remember this run, written during the 90's? (When the Bill Clinton, Democrat, was in the White House.)
See Adam smiling?
I'll go on record now as saying if you've written a comic that has Adam Warlock smiling (and it's not because he's found a new way to kill himself.) Then things have gone HORRIBLY wrong.
But there you go. A perfect example of just how badly a happy liberal climate can mess up comicbooks. I can see I haven't convinced you. Let me give you some more examples...
Here you go. Who can forget the King of the Marvel Hippies Steve Gerber and his classic creation - Man-Thing:
Note: If you were a parent who gave your kids this Book and Record set, What the hell were you thinking? Seriously, It's Fun to Read As You Hear somehow doesn't line up with Night of the Laughing Dead, now does it?
Anyway, Man-Thing, as well as Gerber's Defenders, was just chock full of great hippy musings. I think part of the charm of those comics was seeing Gerber wrestle with anti-establishment storylines and counter culture topics while working for Marvel.
As such, the Man-Thing sort of became a benchmark for quality for the Marvel Monster books of the 70's.
On the flipside, what did the Clinton years bring for poor old Man-Thing?
That's right, it burns, it burns, but not in they way it's supposed to!
Really, I challenge you to find a worse comic cover NOT printed in the 90's... I can't comment on the quality of the story, but the particular Man-Thing run only lasted about 8 issues, so I think it's safe to say it sucked.
Okay, how about this. In the 70's Rich Buckler kept us mesmorized with his innovative and gripping story of Deathlok, a cyborg superhero fighting in a corporately controlled future.
However, in the 90's, stories with Cyborg Superheroes weren't quite as innovative or entertaining...
I bet Stan Lee could come up with 1 million cover blurbs without ever using the word Mired.
Okay, here's my final example. Avengers during the 70's.
Avengers during the 90's (remember The Crossing?)
And Avengers during the Bush Era...
So, now that I've *proven* my point, I think we can safely accept my theory that quality in comics is going to take a nosedive if a Democrat gets into the White House. And for every Mage or Marvels the naysayers to this theory might bring up, I can easy point to a Clone Saga or Extreme Justice.
So, if paper prices continue to increase, and story quality declines, then paper comics are going to be looking at at least 4 years of declining sales.
Want to prevent this dark future? Well, if you want more Reagan Era Watchman/Dark Knight quality coming from comic publishers, the choice is clear.
Vote Republican. :D
PCDW points: 100.
Note: I'm voting for Obama if he makes through the primaries, so please spare me your anti-Republican tirades. :)