Since I've enrolled in a sequential art class, I thought this brief article on BBCNews was interesting to read:
Comic giants battle for readers
It's absolutely incredible how markets overall have shifted from the West, especially the United States, to the rapidly growing powers in Asia. Now more than ever, it seems like being an artist means stepping outside of the studio and beyond the bounds of being technically strong. If you lack any knowledge of established culture, popular culture, politics, anthropology, religion, and the like, you can't really call yourself an artist.