Enclosed is my response to Around the Valley by T. W. McGarry, which appeared on Aug. 24.
I appreciated that my "last" miniature Comic Book Convention was covered at all. Except it wasn't covered. The author must have written 90% of it in his head prior to attending. He asked a few questions, but only two out of 50 really interesting answers got printed.
Opinion and half-truth is not what journalism is about, is it? When asked about the Senate subcommittee and the "great comic scare" of the 1950s, I indicated that the psychiatrist, Fredric Wertham, and the subcommittee operated from fear and paranoia (as many of us do) and caused what many in the industry believe to have been the finest comic group to go out of business.
Comic conventions do indeed cater to a younger audience with less money. While being located next to a Science Fiction Club (the oldest one in the world, 60-plus years) my clientele is 30 to 50 years old. They spend at least $15 to $30 each week for their habit of the imagination.