October 30, 2014
Assembled, Zipped, Transferred And Downloaded: News From Digital
By Tom Spurgeon
* this is genuinely fascinating to me: Kelly Sue DeConnick asks for life updates from Warren Ellis Forum members
. That was an influential hub of early -- or earlier, depending on how you personally measure these things -- comics-related, Internet-based activism and socializing. That place was super-helpful to me -- I mostly lurked -- in trying to understand a group of people with very different interests than the hardcore alt-comics community in which I found myself, but that were smart and passionated about how they saw things.
* this also caught my attention in a big way
: a ComicsAlliance
story profiling a Caleb Goellner-edited digital comics anthology featuring talent like Ulises Farinas, Ming Doyle and Meredith Gran. That one debuts in January, and will be free when it does so.
* here's Medium's Halloween mixtape
* I spent about 15 minutes looking at the best-sellers list on comiXology
, and... well, I've got nothing. Any attempts on my part to explain
digital consumption habits runs into two to three major obstacles and like 50 minor ones. I know plenty of people that buy comics through that service and download comics more generally, but I'm not sure I know anyone that does a lot of new-comics purchasing in a manner that would resemble the chart in an even same-ballpark sense. It's an interesting list, though; Saga
's hit status all by itself, across multiple formats, suggests a lot of potentially intriguing things about the nature of the current market. If I just look at the titles as a group without knowing anything about who buys this way the one that stands out for me as a surprise is Southern Bastards
* finally, Gary Tyrell caught a report from Dean Trippe
as to why aspects of his crowd-funded Something Terrible
book project has been delayed. We wish Trippe the best in getting back to it.
posted 5:25 pm PST
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