Comic Book Industry Looking to Internet
With chain book stores and the Internet drawing comic readers from local vendors, the comic book industry may be forced to look to the web for it's survival. But can the web woo the comic collector and a new generation of fans?
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The smell of newsprint wafted into my nose as I entered Vintage Phoenix Comics and Collectibles in Bloomington, Ind. Several people perused the latest comics to come into the store, and others periodically entered to check the status of their subscriptions. Although they may not realize it, the customers leafing through Spiderman, X-Men, and other comics may experience a drastic change in their hobby in coming years. Since 1993, comic book sales have sharply declined. Consequently, the numbers of shops stocking comics have dwindled. Vintage Phoenix is the last of its type in Bloomington, a college town with a sizable comic book reading population.