I've been thinking. Remember back when the mainstream media started turning its eyes towards comics and graphic novels? Like when the big papers would have articles on comics, when the bookstores started building a larger graphic novels section? Basically the dark ages of "Comics Aren't Just for Kids Anymore!", about 10 years or so ago?

Were there pundits claiming that adults were reading graphic novels at increasing rates because "society is getting dumber, so adults want something flashier and more child-like"? I've heard that claim about "dumb adults" making contemporary YA books soar on the bestseller charts, and I was just wondering if comics went through the same thing in the early 2000s.