While news about the economy seems to get worse every week, the comics industry is starting to buzz about its own economy and the effect of rising comic book prices.
"Small talk of the economy has officially replaced 'How's the weather?', 'How much is the Death of Superman worth?', and even 'Who is that Red Hulk?' as the most talked-about subject in the comic shop," said Bret Parks, owner of Ssalefish Comics in Winston Salem, NC. "So far, most customers have not been overly sensitive to the price change [in comic books], but with more and more fan interaction online and tons of job loss, it is not taking long for the complaint and weariness to circulate."