A new report says Japan’s comics industry has a basic structural problem; the primary audiences are now in their late-20s & 30s, and not enough young children are buying comics to build a comics-literate audience for the future. One can perhaps sense a similar shift in the Anglosphere – witness 2005’s crop of darker/anti-hero comic-2-film adaptations such as: V for Vendetta; Hellblazer; Elektra; Batman Begins and Sin City. If readers don’t spend fifteen years growing up with comics, but instead only get into them in mid 20s, does that change the way they ‘read the grammar’ of a comic page? Perhaps not; but it would certainly diminish the number of dedicated young comic creators who have ten years of back-bedroom skills-sharpening under their belts.