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Jan 6, 2004 9:29 am


Over at my blog, Franklin's Findings, I have linked to a debate which has arisen between a few comic-book writers and the fans who buy their comics. Long story short, a couple of writers are complaining that those fans who prefer to wait for publishers like Marvel Comics and DC Comics to issue trade-paperback collections are destroying the market for 22-page monthly comic books.

Now, why do I bring this up here, you ask?

This seems to me like yet another example of artists not grasping economics and insisting that the market adjust to what the artists want to produce rather than the artists producing what the market wants to buy. And in this case, we're not even talking about artistic content, just the format in which it is delivered to consumers.

It is no wonder, as Mises observed, that so many artists are anti-capitalistists.

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