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Comics A.M. | What the growth of tablets means for comics

comiXology

comiXology

Digital comics | Ethan Gach contemplates what the popularity of tablets means for the comics industry, with a particular focus on comiXology. He points out that the digital distributor offers not only bestsellers but also titles that appeal to a broader audience — and has brought success to some indie creators via its comiXology Submit program. [Forbes]

Academia | Tom Spurgeon talks to Professor Benjamin Saunders, director of the Comics & Cartoon Studies Program at the University of Oregon, which just received a major donation that will serve as an endowment for the program. [The Comics Reporter]

Manga | Kodansha will release a second printing of the January issue of Aria magazine, which features the debut of Hikaru Suruga and Gan Sunaaku’s Attack on Titan spinoff No Regrets. The first printing was five times greater than the magazine’s usual press run — Aria has a verified circulation of 13,667 copies — so with this new printing, the January issue will have 10 times the number of copies of the  average issue. [Anime News Network]

Creators | Is Shigeru Mizuki, the 91-year-old creator of GeGeGe no Kitaro, the world’s oldest working comic artist? Kotaku’s Brian Ashcraft asks the question as Mizuki prepares to launch the autobiographical manga My Days later this month. [Kotaku]

Deadly Class #2

Deadly Class #2

Creators | Rick Remender discusses his upcoming Image Comics series Deadly Class, a collaboration with Wes Craig featuring a group of teens in a school for assassins in 1987: “It’s collaboration so there’s also a lot of my co-creator Wes Craig and editor Sebastian Girner in there as well. I spent countless hours on the phone with Wes and Sebastian beating this thing in the shape, cooking up new characters, devising interesting plot structures. The high panel count is something that I’ve always been a fan of, and a staple of Frank Miller from the era of the story, so Wes and I have tried to go for maximum panel count per page. The effect is basically giving people twice as much story or at least twice as much motion. Wes goes nuts with this stuff. He designs pages to look like frameable art that just happens to also have perfect story telling. The dude is a threat to all the living. He will spell doom for our people.” [IGN.com]

Creators | Those who have missed Bad Signal may be pleased to know that Warren Ellis has launched a new email newsletter called Orbital Operations. [Twitter]

Publishing | Seven Seas Entertainment has acquired eight new licenses, among them, I Am Alice: Body Swap in Wonderland and the continuation of the popular Strike Witches. [press release]

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After 23 years, my local Comics Shoppe closed. Good bye cranky shoppe owner. Good bye comic pals I enjoyed arguing with. Good bye 20% discount, which made books, even today, some what affordable.
So, yeah, tablet for digital. Still get the art and story but no tactile connection to the book.
Biggest bitch, prices. Dropped many books I’ve read for years ’cause, well, DC has done a crap job with the New 52. But now I look at Indy books of which most are 99¢ (Edison Rex) and wait for sales and collections (Waid’s Daredevil).
Adapt or die.

I started collecting comics with Marvel NOW! and went back to collect stuff from New 52, and am just now getting into Indie stuff with Velvet, Pretty Deadly, Black Science and soon Deadly Class. I’m new to comics themselves but not so much the classic characters. Having just started and primarily focusing on physicals (even though I do input the digital codes), I prefer physicals. I read digitally if I’m on the go, sure, but I enjoy having a collection. There are plenty of benefits to digital, sure. It will always be in stock so you can worry about picking it up whenever you want/can, Smart Panels are great, Infinite Comics are interesting, and you don’t even have to leave your house to get all of your new stories. But even though I only have a few short boxes worth of comics, I love my physical collection to death. And to be honest, if physicals stop being a thing after All-New Marvel NOW!, I’ll probably stop collecting, or just hunt back issues for new (to me) stuff. Prices are ridiculous for both. I mean, I’m still a kid so it’s hard to rack up $125+ a month without a job. And the prices aren’t much better digitally, which is ridiculous. They aren’t “losing” money by people going digital, they save money by not having to make more physical copies. They should be priced accordingly, like $1.49 or $1.99 something.

Although digital issues puts more money in the publisher’s hands but, understandably, it causes much concern to the brick & mortar, and even online, comic stores.
Consider this:
If you’re patient enough, you can get first volumes of all the Marvel NOW titles at a much discounted rate, while they will effectively remain the same price at the brick & mortar stores.
Even the biggest sales from the largest online stores like Mile High would still be more expensive than the digital sales by ComiXology.
Not to mention the fact that publishers have also digitized their backlog. So now i can get Frank Miller’s Daredevil in digital format (with the money going straight to Marvel) instead of searching for back issues in comic stores. Again, the comic stores lose this particular back-issue battle unless they’re willing to give us cut-throat sale prices as well.
In terms of practicality? Fuhgeddaboutit. Comixology wins by a mile. I can access and read 2000 comics right now anywhere, anytime with my tablet. With my job and family to consider, i don’t really have much time to read comics, much less shop for them at comic stores….unless they’re in my ComiXology account.
I agr ee with what’s also been said above: i also like having a physical collection, especially if i’ve been doing it that way already for a particular title, but if comic stores don’t wanna fold and go under, they have to keep up with the times (and the competition).

“Everything Dies”.
“Solve Everything”.

Comics are what helped sell on me on (keeping) the iPad I bought on launch day. They are one of my top reasons for reaching for my iPad.

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