Maybe it is just my viewpoint, but there is no online true "news" source for comics. Most of the major websites actually act as pimps for the various comic book companies and almost have to or they would have probably have no access to the comic world. Lying in the Gutters actually is the closest thing we have to a comic book reporter and he makes it a gossip column to please the fans.
I never see any real news stories out there about comic books or the industry.
Where is an in depth study on the over sales figures on comics. Using Diamond as the only source of sales numbers misses the bigger picture of the sales of trade paperbacks and other collected forms of comics. Based on my own research the actual sales of comic books have continued to decline for the last few decades with only occasionally jumps back upwards. By having a 20% sales jump from 20,000 to 22,000 sounds great, except when the book sold 50,000 copies five years before it dropped to 20,000.
Why no stories on what makes a writer or artist sign up for an exclusive contract and how are these contracts being constructed? Once I turn in my 24 scripts is my two years over? As an artist if I have a five year commitment does it end with a number of pages? How does a company guarantee getting the work? Do they take back benefits, charged the person?
Why no articles on the lack on new characters being created in Marvel and DC books? Is this because the company doesn't want to have to share in any monies made off the characters or because everyone saves their own ideas for independent publishing?
Where are the articles interviewing people who have left the industry and what they are doing now? What happened to Jim Shooter? Where is Gerry Conway and Roy Thomas? What happened to other artist and writers?
Where is the hard line interviews where questions are asked with more substance they "why hasn't Adam Strange's beard grown more in the 17 weeks of 52?". Where is an interview with Paul Levitz talking about comics versus animation? An interview with Joe Quesada asking how he will insure the retailers who are taking a hit for Civil War lateness are being helped? Ask these guys questions that you know the answer for and call them when they are wrong or evasive.
The interview podcasts are even a bigger joke, if I hear one more "interviewer" suck the writer or artist ass I think I'll throw up.
I know this is just comic books and most of us are fans, but there are still some interesting and underlying questions that should be made to the main people running these companies. We should be examining the sales figures at length to determine where is the industry heading. Are the fans just underwriting the book market and being used and abused to buy the monthlies so the book sales can be made?
Is the direct market dying? How many stores are left and how harmful is it that Diamond is the sole and exclusive distributor of these goods?
I had to order Action philosophers Giant Sized book straight from Evil Twin Comics because my store couldn't get anymore from Diamond. Why is that? I don't mind giving the creators the money directly, but are the sales of these type of books hampered by Diamond's practices?
It just seems to be what passes for news and interviews from 99% of the online comic sites is nothing more then press releases and love fests. One interview website's interviewer is so fawning and loving to his subjects that I can no longer even listen to it.
If someone knows of a real news website for comics, please let me know.