Yale Brozen used the economic cycle description of 'invention, innovation, and imitation' to describe how economic systems rise and fall, but the same cycle can easily applied to art. We live in an age of imitation par excellence. Over imitation in the market causes economic failure. Over imitation in the arts also leads to a failed art scene. During the time of the Impressionist, the truly desired works of art were the highly imitation art of the Academic School. The critics, dealers, collectors, and museums were very supportive of the Academic School and very hostile to the Impressionist with a few exceptions. Hostility is an often reaction to invention in the arts. Innovation like many other Modernist movements also had slow acceptance. In the Post-Modern era, all the art is being easily consumed, because the vast majority of the art being created is imitation of Modern tropes. I was listening to Scott McCloud about the crisis of falling interest of comic books in the US market. He said that the industry had invested so much into hero fantasies that the market was not able to adapt or reinvent itself. If you look at any amount of concept art, you will notice a pattern of mainly imitation. Now when so many things are in imitation mode when are we going to have invention?