I haven't looked at or for comic books since I was a kid-but is the comic book going the way of other printed media, where it will only be available on line-either currently or in the near future?
Not yet, and not in the very near future.
Physical comic book sales have been pushing against the tide of declining sales in other print media for some time now, with 2012 showing a 15% increase in sales year on year, and 2013 showing a similar trend.
The future of comic book reading is certainly tied into digital, and many other publishers are discovering this too. Image Comics, the third biggest publisher, has revealed that 15% of its total comic books sales are from digital.
Perhaps digital comics will attract back those traditional readers who wandered away from their comic book stores many years ago.
There are more comic book titles available in print now than ever before.