December 10, 2010 --- The Internet
Lately, it seems, you just can’t get away from e-Readers. First Amazon brought us the Kindle and all of it’s proprietary red tape; next came Sony’s e-Reader, less restrictive, but just as technologically mundane. Then Apple made it’s leap into the field and the I-pad was born. No looking back now, as the I-pad bedazzled us with it multi-point touch and internet browsing capability. Enter the digital comic, first pioneered by industry leader.
A digital comic is, simply, a digitized comic book. Think of it as a low budget anime, with very little actual animation. Sound boring? Actually they are surprisingly engrossing when done properly, as the Astonishing X-Men series on Hulu was.
Really, like any good comic all you need is a great story concept mixed with fantastic artwork. Actually, my local comic shop, The Dragon Horde, launched their own digital comics series earlier this year, you can check it out by visiting Terminusmedia.com.
Anyway on to the reason for this rambling article…Dark Horse Comics, publishers of such renowned titles as ‘Hellboy’ and…well,’Hellboy’ have just released their own comics e-reader app,reports Wired.com. The app will work with any smartphone or, of course, computer.
What’s really exciting about this launch is the new pricing initiative being pioneered by Dark Horse. Apparently each comic will be about a $1.50, significantly lower than the $2.99 usually charged for print copies. THe new pricing model also includes provisions for writers and artists to receive a greater share of the sales profits.
For all of my fellow collectors out there, the transition to digital could spell good news.
As more and more comics make the conversion from print to digitized, the value of the increasingly rare hard copies should go up, negating the effects of the 90’s industry glut. Uggh, I get indigestion just thinking about that again. Three issues of the same friggin’ comic with ‘variant’ covers, whoo…As you fanboys know, that spelled disaster for many an otherwise impeccable collection.
Here’s to the future and good reading!
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Benjamin Burton Jr. 12/10/2010