Name: Quinton Peeples
The idea that Comic Book Movies will create Comic Book Readers is fundamentally flawed and should be abandoned. Here's why: They demand completely different things from the audience. The movie is a passive experiene that only lasts two hours and then I'm done. I don't need to seek out a special venue for it, track multiple storylines, wait when it isn't delivered when promised, etc. (all of which are common in Comic Book Reading). So, can we set that theory aside as ridiculous once and for all?
The drop in sales for comics, I believe, is rooted in all the previous comments here - the 15 minute reading experience is too expensive for the entertainment delivered, the current creative climate is stale, (except for a few exceptions), and the delivery system is changing - digital, bookstores, etc. My pull list has collapsed over the past six months as Blackest Night malaise drifted into Brightest Day boredom, vampires invaded the Heroic Age and nothing compelling happened at Image (on time). I have found great things in the corners, but they have been minor pleasures. We're in a plateau time and the sales figures reflect that.
As much as I love Mr. Katers take on things, I think he overstretches a little here: "The guys who wrote books thirty years ago are just as smart as the writers today. The artists are just as talented."
One need only to flip through the wonderful "Official Marvel Index" and read any entry to see that most of the books 30 years ago were created to meet a deadline. The standard of creative story-telling was pretty low. And for every Kirby, Kane or Buscema, there ware ten Heck, Perlin's and Colleta's. I would argue that the level of sophistication has risen in thirty years and that we are all the better for it.
And yes, Watchmen should never be recommended to a first time comic reader. It is necessary to understand the context in order to enjoy its mastery.