Slash Print | An iPad roundup, naturally, plus more
Tablets | Hey, guess what? Apple’s making headlines with a new product. On the heels of yesterday’s iPad announcement, Comic Book Resources and Newsarama both reach out to members of the comics industry to get their thoughts on the new device, from traditional publishers to digital comics companies. Rich Johnston has a collection of reactions from Twitter. Meanwhile, we heard from Dark Horse directly:
“We, like all publishers, are excited about this new format, and all of the possibilities which come along with it. We have already experienced great success with our existing iTunes program, and are excited to see just how this new interface will fit into our company’s overall digital strategy,” said Neil Hankerson, executive vice president of Dark Horse Comics.
Other links of note …
- Tom Spurgeon offers commentary on the industry’s reaction.
- Caleb Goellner wonders how the device might be used for creating comics.
- John Jackson Miller looks at subscription data over the last 45 years, noting, “Subscription sales were the original and only channel for comics consumers looking to cut out that trip [to obtain physical comics] — and while any analogy with digital distribution has obvious flaws, we can at least see what consumer behavior has been over the years.”
- Terry Moore says he’s ready to get his comics on it. “… I am planning on offering my comics on the iPad, as soon as we are told how to do it and where to send it. I was already investigating the Kindle routine because my B&W work would do fine there, too. But the screen on the iPad just seals the deal. A hi-def color screen in vertical format. Are you kidding me? That’s like a comic book dream come true. So, yeah. Gonna be a part of that, soon as they tell us where to line up and what to bring.”
- And Peter David, commonly referred to by his initials, PAD, contemplates the name.
Digital comics | We still have two months before the iPad even starts to ship, so in the meantime, we’ll have to rely on our trusty iPhones or iPod Touches. Speaking of which, I spoke to Johnny Zito and Tony Trov about their excluisve-to-Comixology comic Moon Girl earlier this month for CBR; it’s now available for download.
Digital comics | Or if you don’t have an iPhone and aren’t interested in the iPad, maybe the Nintendo DSi XL is more your speed? Goellner takes a look at its potential as a comics reader.
Creators | Colleen Doran notes that several of her books have been released on the Kindle and on Google Books without her permission.
“Let me make this clear. Clients with whom I had bad experiences have come out of the woodwork and illegally granted Kindle and Google rights to my work, rights they do not own, in most cases for work I was never paid a dime to use,” she wrote on her blog. “Now, am I being a greedy mean old author who simply doesn’t want my silly little works in a search engine, or am I simply exercising my right to walk away from people I haven’t spoken to or done business with in years because they do not honor their contracts or pay their bills? Why on Earth would ANY author want to revisit any working relationship with a dishonest client?”