An interesting article has popped up over on The Spectator about the lack of a fully realised British comic book industry that can rival that of the US or the rest of Europe.
While missing in a lot of details, I think the argument about distribution getting in the way is one of the key reasons. Some of the comments after the piece really help to flesh it out too.
Meanwhile, the New Stateman has a great counter article to the one written by Abbot.
Still, I don’t believe things are as healthy as they could be. Because of the distribution problems over here, we’ve got no clear picture of whether UK comics are selling well enough in the UK to actually make back the money that the small press and larger establishments, like Rebellion, are putting into them.