I acknowledge all of that, particularly that it is a multi-pronged problem, but I think at least 50% or more of the blame lies on the comic industry not the readers. Comics have not evolved as a physical medium. The writing sure has, but the medium has remained static and only gotten more expensive. There is an unwillingness to fully embrace and push/promote a serious "all ages" venture, and that is because it requires more than just an kid / all ages imprint that sits shoved off to the corner in all comic book stores. So much needs to change, but the mentality or 'goodwill' needs to be there too. I think that is the one good thing about Kirkman's message. He acknowledges the problem and wants the best for the industry... new blood... kids.
And why wouldn't a variation of manga be a plausible option? Black and white digests, tied to multiple licenses like toys and card games, and made available through all sorts of venues like Toys R Us, video games etc so that the comic medium gets the bump. Anyway, high concept crap. Nevermind. ;-)
now of course, if you want issue #2, you can always order off our website over at www.redhandedstudios.com. we have issues in stock in our massive warehouse and would be more than happy to ship you one.
also, we'd love to hear what you think when you're done with either book, so please feel free to use the address in the back of the books and let us know! we enjoy all manner of response, good, bad, or indifferent, so let fly! we're always hunting for letters to print in the future issues!