The comic book and graphic novel world may be changing, but it is not going anywhere any time soon, according to film and comic lovers.
Jonathan Beckner, UT alumni and co-owner of Snake Eyes Comics, said the industry is, in fact, growing.
"The new comics sell astoundingly well," Beckner said. "The new stuff is the line chair of our business."
Jason Chai, sophomore in civil engineering and an avid manga – the Japanese version of comic books – reader, thinks the industry.
Just not in print form.
"The majority of manga is electronic," Chai said. "You find it on the Internet or on manga sites. A lot of the sites are getting shut down because of copyright issues but that's still, generally, where you find them."
Beckner concurs that they lose a small portion of business to the online comics and illegals sites, but, ultimately, that people still enjoy print.
"It seems like people are really comfortable with the printed comics and we hope it stays that way," Beckner said.
Charles Maland, chair of cinema studies, thinks as long as summer blockbusters are successful, comic books will continue to be adapted by movie companies.
"After 'Stars Wars' and the 'Superman' movies did so well in the late 70s, you started getting a lot of sequels," Maland said. "Comic books really lent themselves to that. A lot of the classic comic books have pretty clear protagonists and antagonists. So they really lend themselves to the kind of stories that summer blockbusters thrive off of."
Many movies and series have been adapted from comics, including "Watchmen," "The Dark Knight" and "The Walking Dead." Beckner said he sees a correlation between sales and movie adaptations.
"The movies help obviously," Beckner said. "When the new 'X-men' came out, at the end there was a reference to a two issue storyline they did years ago. When we opened we had six to 10 copies of those issues. It's a popular storyline but everybody would trade them in and we would have them.
"When they announced they were doing a movie, the next thing you know those things are flying off the shelves."
Chai said film and comics are also intertwined with manga and the Japanese film industry.
"A lot of mangas are now being turned into anime series or movies," Chai said. "I personally keep up with them and new episodes come out almost every month."
However, Maland said he questions if there is enough quality in the comic vault to continue the rapid growth of these movies.
"My question would be: Are there enough good comics left?" Maland said. "Is Marvel going to run out of their good stories? Everything is being adapted now. 'Batman' has been done 2 or 3 times."
Maland also emphasized the impact of a forever changing audience.
"A new generation of kids comes every 10 years, so maybe they can keep recycling these stories like they keep re-releasing 'Star Wars' movies," Maland said. "I think there will always be an audience for the so-called popcorn movies."