Comics have always been my favorite form of entertainment. When I first started reading comic as a young child comics taught me the morals and principles that I still try to emulate today. As I got older and comics grew up as an entertainment medium I have been pleased to see how wide of a selection of material is in the market place. From Action Philosophers to Archie, from the Punisher to Spider-Man loves Mary Jane, from Fear Agent to Star Wars, from Superman to Sandman, from Wasteland to X-Isle, the breadth of the material today is fantastic.
The writers that are working in comics today are also excellent. This is not a slight on Stan Lee, Gardner Fox, John Broome and the rest - as most of today's writers are living off these other writers creations. It is just that we have so many excellent writers in comics today, Warren Ellis, Grant Morrison, Gail Simone, Mark Waid, Peter David, Jeff Parker, Ed Brubaker, Greg Rucka, Keith Giffen, Bill Willingham, Geoff Johns, Brian Azzrello and many others.
Then the artist we have all also unreal. The talent level is extremely high. Again this is not a slight to the masters of yesterday, people like Jack Kirby, Steve Ditko, Gil Kane, Murphy Anderson, Carmine Infantino, Mike Sekowsky, John Busema, Neal Adams and others. The amount of talented artist we have today is also a huge pool of talented people, Gena Ha, John Cassady, Bryan Hitch, Steve McNiven, Mark Bagley, Don Kramer, Barry Kitson, George Perez, Cliff Chiang, Marcos Martin, Leonard Kirk, Becky Cloonan, Charles Aldard, Jim Lee, Frank Quietly and so many others.
Lets not forget how many people who do a great job on both sides of the coin, Darwyn Cooke, Frank Miller, Mike Oeming, Keith Giffen and others.
It is amazing to me how many really solid and entertaining books there are out there and for the most part the people producing this books really care about what they are producing.
I have my doubts as to the strength of the overall market, but I don't doubt that the comics right now are as good as they have ever been and the companies are producing more quality series then ever before. The over hyped and event books still are a pain at times, but this medium provides the best visuals and at times best written work around.
2006 was a fun year for comics and I'm looking forward to 2007.