Stop and think for a second about how many different TV shows there are right now and then narrow down the different types of TV shows there are. You can do the same thing with movies. There are all kinds of different shows: action, comedy, horror, fantasy, drama – you name it and it’s probably there. Which is great because TV reaches a huge audience. Now, stop and think for a second the limited types of comics there are in the mainstream. Yeah, capes, some horror, some science fiction, but mostly capes.
Now, there is often the worry that comics aren’t reaching growing audiences. Well, the limit of their reach has to obviously be part of the problem. One could argue that it was a chicken and egg dilemma: comic stores order capes books cause they sell. Maybe non-geeky-boys don’t come into the store because there is nothing there for them to read. But I would hope that stores would try and test the waters every so often by reaching out to the smaller publishers – they have some great stuff and not all of it is women in bikinis and men in capes.
The Homeless Channel is an incredible example of the awesome alternativeness that available in comics but often overlooked. It’s a drama about a woman that starts a TV channel about the homeless of her city. Along the way, she falls in and out of love with her adversary at the station and she has some interesting conversations with her friends. The setup of the book allows for some deep philosophical discussions but it’s also a love story so there’s that kind of intrigue too. Will she get the guy? Read The Homeless Channel to find out.