2008 Year in Review with Tom Spurgeon Pt. 2 [of 2]

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For those expecting the tone to lighten in the second part of our discussion with The Comics Reporter’s Tom Spurgeon, you’re clearly reading the wrong year in review. At the tail end of 2008, few if any topics matter quite as much as the economy, especially for those fields concerned with product production, which, as much as we’d like to think of ourselves creating art for art’s sake, most certainly includes the world of comics. The discussion of the economic fallout on the comics industry continues well into the second part of our interview.

However, the latter half of the second part does take a turn for the—if not positive—then at least less negative, with a discussion of the industry’s future, as it pertains to online distribution, a topic of conversation that’s becoming even more key to the survival of the industry, as the production of a physical product becomes even less economically sound.

[Part One]

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2008 Year in Review with Tom Spurgeon Pt. 1 [of 2]

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Sure it seems a bit early to get nostalgic about 2008—and heck, judging from the past 12 months, it seems a fairly safe bet that this year isn’t likely to considered a font of great memories for decades to come—but still, what would December be without a slew of year-end recaps?  Last year we spoke to The Beat’s Heidi MacDonald to help The Cross Hatch in welcoming in the new year. This time we’ve tapped a fellow industry veteran and highly regarded comics blogger, Tom Spurgeon.

These days Spurgeon is best known as the principle—and, really, sole—driving force behind the frequently updated and massively authoritative site, The Comics Reporter. Spurgeon also did time on the print side of the media equation, having worked as both the executive and managing editor of Fantagraphics’ The Comics Journal. He’s also the co-author of Stan Lee and the Rise and Fall of the American Comic Book and creator himself, having penned the short-lived Wildwood strip for King Features.

We sat down with Spurgeon to recap the 2008 and toss out wild predictions for 2009—naturally we spent the vast majority of our time together wallowing in recession freak out mode.

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