"Ah, 2004. I remember it well.
Today, fifty years later and with the benefit of hindsight, it's easy to see the historical significance of the Flight Anthology first published in that year. Many of its contributors would become giants of the comics industry not long after its release, and three would eventually become household names, yet in its day, it was seen as just one of several such books, noted for its high quality, but unremarkable in most other respects.
Yet, few in number though they were, the generation emerging in 2004 managed in a single book to embody four of the most crucial turning points in early 21st century comics culture.
Turning Point #1: The Web Strikes Back.
Most of the contributors to Flight met each other through the Internet. Many made their reputations through their online work. And for most readers, Flight was their first printed encounter with these talented young cartoonists. Yet the barricades between print and webcomics that seemed so important to "Generation Zero" cartoonists like me made little difference to them. They didn't see print as a step up or step down; they didn't try print as the fulfillment of a lifelong dream; they didn't try it as a desperate compromise. Print was simply another way to connect with their readers and to express themselves in a new venue.
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