ModeratorNovember 19, 2021 at 7:03 pm
Honestly, I think it’s mostly a generational thing. As long as older and middle-aged readers are buying comics, they will want print. I am on the borderline age-wise, and I prefer print. I think that two things will happen: 1. As younger readers get to the age where they dominate the market (and become old enough to have more purchasing power) digital will grow; as people my age continue to buy comics, trades will continue to grow as well. I’ve heard anecdotally from many peers who table at a lot of shows that trades are selling and floppies are not. I think that the floppy subscription model will move to digital, but their will still be a good market for print in trade paperbacks. I also think the widespread availability of comics and graphic novels in book stores has and will shift the print market more toward trades as well.
Lastly, I would caution against making assumptions based on the last two years. The whole world has gone to online shopping, and I’m not sure that will continue to the same extent as the pandemic eases.