"Join film-maker Miguel Cima and special guests at the JHU Underground at our Manhattan Location for screening of the award-winning documentary DIG COMICS on Saturday, November 14 beginning at 3:00pm. Following the screening will be an A-List panel discussion with Mr. Cima, Tom Brevoort, Heidi MacDonald, Andy Helfer, Chris Irving, and Danny Fingeroth!"
DIG COMICS is a film exploring the publicâ€™s attitudes, about reading comics, and it won the documentary award at the 2009 San Diego Comic-Con film festival. Tom Oâ€™Shea interviews filmmaker Cima here, and he has some interesting ideasâ€¦
"Iâ€™ve heard too many big publisher execs say in interviews that their concern is not comics, but how they can monetize the legacy characters. Thatâ€™s totally fucked up! Imagine Capitol Records was like, well, these Beatles T-shirts and video games are doing great, we no longer need to distribute music. How insane would that be? Robbed of Beatles music, thatâ€™s my analogy. How is it that such mentalities are holding the keys to an art form? Itâ€™s outrageous! These guys would be ready to let Spider-Man comics vanish as long as the movies prove to be the most lucrative. And the fact is readership is down and keeps going down. It doesnâ€™t make sense economically, either as there are obviously great opportunities to up readership and sell more books, but really, itâ€™s just a sin for them to think that way, and itâ€™s nuts that these guys would admit as much in public. So, yeah, if the big publishers donâ€™t step up, comics may well go the way of the Zoetrope.