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Comic books are out of their ghetto—but critical acceptance comes with a price

By Ben Hamilton  

(photo: Gilly Youner)

If you were young and passionate about comics in the late 90s (living in, say, semi-rural East England), you were bound to live a frustrated existence. American comics could only be found in comic shops—and comic shops, if you ever caught sight of one, had the forbidding, black-windowed aura that usually accompanies a dodgier kind of entertainment outlet. Amid…

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