While there is much to learn about the history of comic books, the present is just as important. Rarely do we get such vulnerable and sobering looks behind the curtain of the industry as two recent accounts. Former DC Comics assistant editor Valerie D’Orazio writes a ‘theoretical memoir’ saying “Goodbye to Comics” and shining an unforgiving light on the comics industry’s clique mentality. Meanwhile, Tabloia creator Chris Wisnia details exactly how financially difficult it is for a new creator-owned comic to get noticed in his Diary of a Struggling Comic Artist blog entry entitled Post-Tabloia. I thank them for their courage and perspective.