Off Panel #117: A Period of Disruption with Heidi MacDonald

On this week’s episode of Off Panel, The Beat’s Heidi MacDonald returns to the show to talk the state of comics and comics journalism. MacDonald discusses where comics are creatively, the sheer volume of comics these days, how new opportunities have changed things for creators, what she’s really enjoying in comics, the health of the comics industry, Marvel’s arrogance, DC’s bold moves, where comics journalism is these days, the Craig Yoe controversy, the niche-y nature of journalism, monetization models, how the journalism struggle goes beyond comics, and more.

You can find MacDonald on Twitter and her work at The Beat.

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Header image is the logo to The Beat. Intro and outro music is Vulfpeck’s Outro from their album Vollmilch. Thanks to the band for letting me use the track.