Grotesque Anatomy
Friday, October 10, 2003
  Comic John Pimps Comic Pimp
Just as I was feeling down about the mess that is comics retailing, along comes James Sime, The Comic Pimp, with a great idea for getting comics into the hands of the general public:  Comic stores in the fucking airport.  It's a novel idea, but Sime doesn't address how this concept would be implemented.  I have no idea how feasible the idea is—I imagine leasing retail space in an airport is pretty pricey—but I think Sime's basic argument is sound:  Comics (particularly graphic novels and TPBs) would be a nice entertainment option for the captive traveling audience.  I'm thinking that digest-sized books (such as most manga series or CrossGen's Travelers) might actually have an advantage over larger TPBs, since the compact size makes them more portable.  If Sime's idea took off, perhaps comics publishers would publish alternate "airport-sized" versions of their books to appeal to space-conscious travelers.

So, who's going to come along and run with Sime's idea?  Has anyone ever tried this before?  What are the biggest obstacles to making this work?  I hereby call on the best and the brightest of the comics blogosphere to put their minds to work on this problem! 
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