Comics' Response To 9/11 Draws Mainstream Attention

In an industry where even iconic figures and events often get sanitized, anonymous comic book versions to avoid offending readers, the comic industry stepped up to the plate in remarkable form in response to the terrorist attacks of September 11. The response has been remarkable enough, and wide scale enough, to draw the attention of the mainstream press.

The New York Times covered the comic industry tributes in an article in Saturday's paper. Marvel Comics' "Heroes," Alternative Comics' "9-11: Emergency Relief," and the joint DC/Dark Horse "9-11" books.

"I've been waiting for the graphic novel or the use of comics for serious material to be accepted," Will Eisner, who contributed to the Alternative Comics' book, is quoted as saying, "And here, for the first time, this medium has dealt with a major event."

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