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More than seven weeks after the second issue debuted, Brian K. Vaughan and Marcos Martin continue their name-your-own-price digital comic with the release of The Private Eye #3.
A detective story that centers on timely issues of privacy and surveillance, The Private Eye is set in a not-too-distant future, where everybody in the United States has a secret identity: “Our protagonist is a member of the paparazzi, outlaw private investigators who dig up the kind of personal dirt no longer readily available through search engines. It’s a mystery with lots of masks, but no superpowers.”
The flexible-pricing approach has been more successful than the creators initially imagined. “We think it’s the best possible model since it establishes a new, more direct relationship between readers and creators in which they both share equal responsibility for the success of the work,” Martin said in a recent interview. “As creators, we are responsible for creating quality product to the best of our abilities and the reader is responsible for deciding the value he/she thinks that product has, according to each one’s perception, possibilities and personal circumstances. Also, one of our goals when going the digital route was to reach a wider audience. And setting an unmovable price tag on the product would not only go against that but also against the very nature of the Internet. Instead of criminalizing the readership beforehand we trust they’ll back our project if they feel it’s worth it.”
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