Art in the Age of Predatory CapitalismFebruary 27, 2009
Some years ago, there was an idea called “trickle-down capitalism.” The wealthy would make lots and lots of money, and be taxed very little, but in return they would, in the spirit of noblesse oblige, spread money through the lower classes, funding good works and so on. What a beautiful dream it was! Of course, it was more true then than it is now; these days what we’ve got now is basically the rich looting the poor for everything they can get.
I’m surviving, at the moment. That’s the best I can say. But many occupations have become somewhat toxic, and illustration (or comics) for print is one of them. To put it very simply, the amounts paid keep getting worse (they’re very close to what they were in the 1950s), and getting paid at all- by these massive corporations- gets harder and harder. To add insult to injury, the general ‘dumbing down’ of our culture means that it’s nearly impossible to do anything good in an editorial setup, although that’s true of pretty much everything now.