August 25, 2016
Assembled, Zipped, Transferred And Downloaded: News From Digital
By Tom Spurgeon
* Maggie Vicknair on Unsounded
* it should probably be mentioned that the closing of Robot 6
is part of a bigger presentational shake-up at CBR
that likely bears watching. As I write this (Thursday late afternoon) they're getting pounded a bit for a headline style that doesn't allow for publication of everything in the headlines, which isn't a great look. I assume they'll rally. It reminds me of the SI.com changeover when everything got made to look like it needs to to maximize reading on phones, which is the direction of on-line content more generally. I think comics and on-like culture share a faith in new delivery systems that doesn't always match up to the reality of new delivery systems, with comics generally more tethered than it needs to be as a counterweight to those arguments. The moderately old ways always suffer as a result. I've thought this since the market seemed to be in such a hurry to get rid of alt-comics customers back in the '00s. I'll miss the blog format for the material Robot 6
was doing, but god help any digital strategy that has my consumption at the point of its spear.
* here are a few people paying tribute to Robot 6
: Caleb Goellner
, Chris Butcher
, Chris Pitzer
, Scott Kurtz
. The reason this doesn't feel like a bigger deal is because nothing is a big deal right now; the comics industry is numb from the jawline down.
* finally, speaking of Scott Kurtz, PVP has started a storyline revolving around Jim Davis and Garfield
. Okay, that's not really hard
news, but I'm from Muncie, and someone who catches up with PVP
in big gulps, so I noticed it. BTW, the cider thing is a real thing.
posted 5:25 pm PST
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