How Lee & Kirby's "Fantastic Four" Birthed the Marvel Universe, Part 1
Created in 2009, Bitcoin is an online payment system that allows one person to send online payments (in units of digital cash called bitcoin) directly to another without the involvement of a financial institution. Commercial use of Bitcoin is relatively low but growing rapidly, with companies ranging from Dell to Overstock.com to the Sacramento Kings accepting the digital currency. There’s also a sizable speculator market, which leads to a volatile exchange rate.
Bitcoin joins Visa, Mastercard, American Express, Discover and PayPal as accepted forms of payment on Dynamite Digital. Users need only to log in with a Bitcoin client.
With the announcement comes word of the publisher’s latest digital comics bundle — 25 comics for $10, as part of Dynamite’s 10th-anniversary celebration: Project Superpowers #0-3, Jungle Girl #0-1, Mocking Dead #1, Sherlock Holmes: Trial #1-2, Red Sonja #-12, Robert Jordan’s The Wheel of Time #1-3, Legenderry #1, Chaos! #1, Jim Butcher’s Dresden War Cry #1, Pathfinder: Dark Waters #1, Miss Fury #1-2, American Flagg #1-2 and Vampirella #1-2.
Legal | At the request of a state-owned distributor, the Russian media watchdog Roskomnadzor is investigating charges that Marvel comics are “propaganda of a cult of violence,” specifically, violence against Russian targets. The agency will review Avengers #1, due out in Russia in August, “regarding the use of Soviet symbols, the presentation of the characters as Russian service personnel, and the incitement of violence and cruelty,” according to the the Russian Legal Information Agency. This seems to be about the Winter Guard and specifically about Vanguard, who wears a hammer-and-sickle logo; the European publisher, Egmont, plans to remove the logo for the Russian release. Roskomnadzor has the option of issuing an official warning; a publisher who gets two of these in a year may have its license revoked. [CNET]
Meltdown Comics & Collectibles on Thursday became the first brick-and-mortar comic store to accept Bitcoin, the much-discussed digital currency transferred from person to person over the Internet.
The news arrives courtesy of the cryptocurrency website Spelunk.in, which participated in the Los Angeles store’s first transaction (for the record, it was for The Death-Ray by Daniel Clowes).
“We at Meltdown like technology and like to move with it when possible,” general manager Francisco Dominguez told the site. “The thought of some magical money that’s not being spent and that I can accept to sell product was mindblowing. So it was a no-brainer that i had to jump on this new currency. […] Brick-and-mortar/mom-and-pop shops are closing as digital takes over paper print. Hopefully this new way of bringing revenue in to a business will help keep them/us alive.”
He said he hopes to offer Bitcoin users incentives, including discounts, swag and special events.
Commercial use of Bitcoin is still small — as of late November, only about 1,000 physical locations worldwide accepted it — but there’s a sizable speculator market, leading to a volatile exchange rate.