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Compare and contrast: Virgin Comics goes digital two ways

Megas, from Virgin's Directors Cut line

Megas, from Virgin's Directors Cut line

Headed by flashy airline and music entrepreneur Sir Richard Branson and self-help writer Deepak Chopra—an odd couple if ever there was one—Virgin Comics launched in 2006 with a line of comics based on figures from Indian mythology and soon added two other lines, Directors Cut, which featured comics created by well known movie directors, and Maverick/Voices (the imprint was renamed), featuring comics by musicans, actors, and relatively unknown artists. The company didn’t last long; in 2008 they closed their New York office and changed their name to Liquid Comics after a management buyout.

Liquid has put up a good-sized selection of the original Virgin comics online at their website, which makes it odd that I read an announcement this morning that they are making their comics available on Scribd. It seems to be the same set of comics in both cases; the difference may be that Scribd is better known and has ads. If I had the urge to read the Jenna Jameson comic, though, or Dock Walloper, I’d head to the Liquid site, as their Flash-based reader is simpler and easier to manage than Scribd’s feature-laden HTML5 interface. If you’re looking to download, though, only Scribd will support that, and presumably that’s the go-to site for iPad users as well.

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