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Kindle DX

Kindle DX

e-Devices | Amazon.com this week announced a larger version of their Kindle device, called the Kindle DX. The e-book reader is two-and-a-half times the size of the current Kindle and will retail for almost $500. The New York Times, Washington Post, and Boston Globe, however, will offer “subsidized on-contract Kindles to customers who can’t get at-home delivery when the DX ships this summer.”

So, the natural question for comic fans — is it big enough to show a comics page? Kelson at the Speed Force blog has the same question: “Unless I’ve got my numbers wrong, that makes it larger than the standard manga page, though not quite as big as the standard American comic book page,” he said about the 9.7 inch screen. “And it’s only 1/3 of an inch thick, comparable to a typical trade paperback.” The BBC has more on the specs.

Social media | Ypulse, a teen marketing blog, wonders if teens would follow Twitter feeds for characters from young adult novels. Apparently teens haven’t embraced Twitter (which surprises me … I figured they’d been using it and dropped it when all the old people showed up, kind of like Facebook), and the post wonders if they’d start using it if, say, the sparkling vampires from Twilight had their own feeds.

“Protagonists, antagonists and supporting characters (the latter might be especially intriguing) would continue to gain depth and dimension in the intermittent period between books and meanwhile, readers would feel more connected to the world that the author created,” writes Meredith, who blogs for the site. “Or, as connected to them as they choose to be depending on whether they simply read the tweets or actually respond to them and engage in dialogue.” She also notes that characters from Mad Men showed up on Twitter last year, which everyone assumed was a marketing ploy for the show, but turned out to be more along the lines of fan fiction.

BOOM! Studios recently launched a Twitter feed for one of their fictional characters, the talking teddy bear who thinks he’s James Bond, Mister Stuffins. Is it a marketing ploy, an extension of the story, or maybe both? And would comic fans follow the Twitter feed for, say, Batman, Luke Cage or Scott Pilgrim, if their tweets were written by Grant Morrison, Brian Michael Bendis or Bryan Lee O’Malley, respectively?

Digital Comics | Nerd Dads points out that Atomic Robo #6 moved into the top 20 ebooks on iTunes. Several of IDW’s Star Trek books are also on the list.

Digital comics | Speaking of which, in this week’s Publishers Weekly Comics Week, Heidi MacDonald writes about IDW’s success with porting their Star Trek comics to iTunes.

Webcomics | Rich Lovatt, whose Mecha Simian webcomic came in 7th place in Zuda’s April competition, shares some of the things he learned during the process.

Digital comics | Robot Comics and Alterna Comics, which publishes Jesus Hates Zombies and Birth, announced a deal whereby Robot Comics will bring the publisher’s titles to mobile devices.

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There are nearly 3,500 people willing to follow Batman on Twitter right now: http://twitter.com/batman

Heck, Scott Pilgrim has over 170 followers and he’s never even posted anything: Scott Pilgrim

So, yes, I think we can safely assume that comic fans would be willing to follow the Twitters of fictional characters, regardless of who is writing them.

Yeah, I probably didn’t phrase that right … fans obviously would follow them, and probably a hell of a lot more fans would follow an in-continuity, Morrison-written Batman Twitter feed. I guess what I’m wondering is if Twitter (or Facebook or whatever other social media you want to insert here) could be used to add “depth and dimension” to an ongoing story, like Meredith suggests, or if it would always come across as a cheap marketing ploy.

The Mr. Stuffins feed, for instance, is pretty funny, but I still get a “Go buy Mr. Stuffins comics” vibe from it when I read it. But that could just be me, since I found out about it via a press release.

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