The Toronto Star had an article in yesterday's paper about how comics are losing their value. Of course no actual figures were given on how comics are losing their value, the article was horribly written and incredibly disjointed, and had no merit other than a pithy title that cashes in on a failed TV show which is now 40 years old. The Toronto Star…why ask why when you can just be dumb?

It's stuff like this that makes me question everything that a newspaper puts out. When they write a horrible piece about something I actually know a lot about, what does that say about the stuff that I depend on the paper for? How biased, wrongheaded, and downright out of context is the crime problem in Toronto? How accurate is their reporting of what's going on in the middle east? Heck, are the movie listings even accurate?

The article (which can be read on the CGC Message boards under the title of “Old comics losing their value??“) is an example of shoddy reporting at its finest.

What boggles my mind is the mainstream acceptance that comic books and comic book themes are getting these days, and how a newspaper can be so mired in the past as to simply not “get it”.

Two of the top 10 box office records of all time go to comic book inspired movies. Comic inspired movies are nominated for Academy Awards (see Ghost World, American Splendour and A History of Violence). Comic themes dominate the TV screen these days (See Heroes, and pretty much any JJ Abrams or Joss Whedon produced series such as Lost, Alias, Buffy or Angel).

Yet the Toronto Star is stuck in 1967.

Congratulations Toronto Star, you made me ask why.