Comics As A Mass Medium

Back in 1996 or 1997, at the first or second Pro/Con, a pros-only convention that preceded WonderCon that year, there was a panel discussion spurred (though I didn’t know it at the time) by an essay written by John Workman. Gary Groth had written a response to John, and was presenting it at the con. Several of us were given Gary’s response, so we could respond to Gary, as part of a panel discussion on the subject.
The following was my response, slightly edited for print after I’d read the Workman essay—I don’t have Gary’s original essay, or John’s, but you can pretty much pick it up as you go. Anyone interested can find the whole thing in
The Comics Journal #199.

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