Waaaaaaay back in December 2008, someone mentioned at the first Pitch that—and it’s not documented at that link, but someone said it—the comic book industry could have something to teach newspapers in terms of a business model. The point, as I recall it, was that comics were dying during the mid-90’s (this I can attest to, as I’ve been a huge comic book nerd since the mid-90’s) and their resurgence came when companies shed some of their surplus titles (I’m talking to you, Marvel 2099) and started producing higher quality products (nicer paper, etc.).
It feels like I’ve come full circle, now that I’m sitting here a year and a half later spewing about how genius DC Comics’ Wednesday Comics campaign is and how it makes me want to buy a newspaper again. To be honest, I wouldn’t care much about the rest of the paper—though admittedly I’d probably end up reading something—but as Bobby Solomon (of style, design and coolness blog Kitsune Noir) says, “you could totally frame one of these pages as art and put it on your wall.” That solves one of my common gripes—that newspapers are useless once you have the news. Turn them into collectibles (wouldn’t it be great if we could elect Barack Obama every week?) and you’ve got something.
Now where can I get one of these?