It always weirds me out seeing grown men buying comic books, even if it's only for collection rather than reading purposes. Couple this with the fact that children don't seem to be reading them anymore, and you have a business with a demographic of 25-50 year old men. I say 25, because a friend of mine is the youngest person I know who still reads them. I could never get into comic books. When I think, "Comic Book," I think of Calvin & Hobbes or Garfield or something of that nature. But those are the sitcoms of the comic book world. The real stuff is in the Superheroes. It's about action, drama, and a continuing storyline. I honestly can't argue that the shit isn't art, because it absolutely is. But something about a book that has nothing but pictures in it just throws me off of the medium. I also hate the term, "Graphic Novel." That is just a fancy phrase that means, "Overpriced comic book." But I must say, I have looked at a few graphic novels and it looks like a lot of work went into them, especially from the visual side of things. But why is it that these things seem to be popular only among adults? Is it because the older generation grew up reading them and just kind of stuck with them for the nostalgia factor? Or are the stories presented actually worth "reading?" I use quotes because like I said, it's a fuckin picture book. And that's why I don't understand them. Reading is about theater of the mind, and when you take that away, something about the art form is just missing. I'm not here to shit on you for reading them. I just want to know what the hell the appeal is. Why are they still around and why are they so popular among adult intellectuals?