This has nothing to do with a virus, quarantine, or health issues other than the health of an industry. The comic book, or graphic novel industry has been around since the 1930’s, perhaps earlier if one goes back to the western novels that contained some illustrations.
This conversation has a limited audience but for those who care, a significant industry is being eviscerated by huge corporations.
Let’s go back to when for all intents & purposes, the comic book became a popular source of entertainment, mostly for boys, but there were many girls who enjoyed reading them too.
Although Marvel & Atlas comics started in 1939, it wasn’t until 1961 that the Marvel we know today began. The company launched The Fantastic Four and other superhero titles created by Stan Lee, Jack Kirby, Steve Ditko as well as many others.
Those first few years, published material from DC and Marvel, would end up mostly in drug stores in the USA, as well as grocery store carousels. It took a few years of writing stories with the superhero having real world problems such as dating, financial, and social turmoil, that the comic book became more mainstream and was followed by adults, college students.
This phenomenon launched an entire industry of dedicated comic, sci-fi, and other fantasy entertainment outlets. Thus the “comic book store”, began in earnest. Now fast forward at an increasing rate, movies with more fantastic plots were launched. Some were obvious direct entertainment from comics, such as Superman, which had seen it come and go on TV decades earlier.
TV series such as Star Trek, Doctor Who, then movies like Star Wars, all contributed to broad public consumption. Store owners, venue creators such as Comic Con, Dragon Con, etc., helped feed the movie studio. The superhero movies brought together better writers that updated plots, computer graphic artists, and some of the best actors.
Enter the juggernauts of the entertainment industry to make these movies, and gobble up absurd amounts of money. Twentieth Century Fox, Paramount, Sony, then Disney, all wanted a piece of the pie. Disney courted and won Marvel with their deep pockets in 2009. That wasn’t enough. Disney wanted the rights to as many characters in the Marvel universe as they could buy. In March of 2019, Disney completed their acquisition of 21st Century Fox.
That’s where this video story begins. The success of the movie studio at the box office, meant they had less interest in the industry that spawned their entertainment business, movies, merchandise retail, and theme parks are the Disney obsession. Even movies themselves are only a vehicle for them to sell cheap manufactured toys, action figures, and other memorabilia. Theme parks, up until this latest virus problem, were also lucrative.
Now the once niche market of comic books, including retail outlets, has found itself without source distribution. Understandably this is a concern for the mostly very small business owners, as well as the many fans who helped launch a mega-dollar industry. Perhaps these movie, entertainment studios are being a bit short sighted?