August 30, 2013
Assembled, Zipped, Transferred And Downloaded: Digital News
By Tom Spurgeon
* missed it: Kyle Baker has launched an on-line strip, Meh
. The comics industry is much, much better off when there's an active and engaged Kyle Baker doing work within it.
* comiXology debuted
its digital retailer storefronts this week. I love the idea of those programs that a reader can work with a participating local comics shop in making sure they're roped into the purchasing process of digital comics. It's very comics-culture in a good way, I think, and there was a time about 12-15 years ago I think a lot of us saw Internet retail working like this program more generally.
* a couple of you have pointed out to me that Achewood has continued to update after its lengthy break
. There's an argument to be made that Achewood
was the comic of the '00s, and it's not a bad argument. Gary Tyrrell notes
that a number of strips that haven't always updated are updating right now.
* Derf Backderf is still trying out a new arrangement with GoComics.com with his The City
. It's my understanding whether or not it continues in the long terms depends on people signing up for it.
* finally, Marvel is offering an incentive-laden premium version
of its "unlimited" digital package. I think that's a pretty good package at its core -- I'm not the target audience for convention exclusives and related merchandise, but I like having access to a massive number of comic books. In addition, while I ascribe some value to reading those comics, I don't perceive of them as being worth the full price being asked for them in print form -- I'm a dollar-bin buyer of superhero comics when I buy them at all. If you're a comics person that knows they'll be in a place to read a lot of comics some year, this seems like it would be a good deal -- it'd be what I'd buy for someone looking for comics to read in the hospital, for instance, or a superhero comics reader that is looking forward to a lot of travel or a new, lengthy commute.
posted 1:25 am PST
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