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Ok, I figured I'd open this can o' worms. Here's Mark Waid's take on digtial comics, amongst other things, over at cbr.com. What are you guys' opinions on what he said an on digital comics in general? I suspect your feelings will parallel that of how you feel about digital gaming but could be (dead) wrong. I for one, am hesitant to switch to digital but do get discounted, free, and singular issues that I can't find at my LCS so I'm kinda half-way in between the two. For now, as long as space allows, I'll stay primarily physical but am definitely open to digital ones. I do like Marvel's thing where you can get a free digital copy with a copy of a physical one but, seeing as I only have a kindle e-reader (no camera), this doesn't do me too much good as I prefer to read the physical copy as opposed to reading a digital one my laptop (go 'head and call me an old fogey). This wouldn't be so bad but my phone can't use the Marvel AR app so that's another kick in the nuts.
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theres no problem with exploring and experimenting with new forms of media, some newer forms may replace older ones (vhs, laserdisc, dvds, vinyls) but I think we still have a ways before the industry pulls a full conversion, I for one love the printed word and would never have a room without a completely filled bookshelf to display my many books, so while print may be evolving its far from dead, thats my take on it all without reading waids comments
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Studies have shown that peoples ability to read is not hindered by staring at a screen, however peoples comprehension of what they read does suffer. The study I am familiar with focuses on young readers and did not include comics, but it is something to think about, especially since most things are going digital. I kind of like reading comics on my wife's ipad, two things really hold me back from really digging in though. Availability of comics I like (not all publishers are all digital, or even same day digital). The other thing is the fact that often you end up paying the same price as the print copy.
@Chaos: I definitely agree with you that adapting to new technologies is the way to go and that the comic market is a waaays off from going all/primarily digital. Waid's comments were fairly interesting to listen to and he seemed pretty upbeat about the whole line of questioning.
@FAMESREVENGE: That study you mention is interesting because a week or so ago a good, older, geeky friend of mine were discussing our perceived disadvantages of the digital age. For one, we discussed how much referencing seems to suffer for online sources. After that, we were saying how reliance on the convenience of looking things up so easily might cause people to use their "mental referencing power" less often so this may diminish long term memory. We were just throwing ideas out there but I'll have to look for that and similar studies. I'm interested as to why there's a difference in the level of comprehension, though. Yeah, the pricing should definitely be lower as creators don't have to go through as many middle men when doing digital publishing.
to me I'll always probably prefer print over digital. To me they're more enjoyable, easily shared, more collectible, and I believe that theres still life left in the print version as well as new ideas/avenues to explore with it.
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I will never get a digital comic! This is my short answer because I don't like digi-comics. You have no sense of satisfaction with them, all your comics could be lost in a second and...they make my head hurt! (I have more reasons, I just don't feel like listing them
if you just want to read something without going to the trouble to drive out to the comic shop or order off amazon its a real convenience, I grabbed the entirety of Mark Millars ultimates work recently at 99 cents an issue and had myself a nice little read through of the series, I wouldn't have been able to do that at a comic shop
I understand the convienience of them, I just don't think I will ever completely switch over to them.
@Chaos: That's pretty neat.
@Cameron: Tell us how you really feel. Jk. :) I wholeheartedly agree with you, as of now. That may change in the future, though.
@Cybertronian: I do believe that they're more enjoyable but a funny thing happened last night at work. There was a new guy who was doing breaks for people and, turns out he's into gaming and comics. I saw that he was playing clips from the 90's Superman series so I struck up a conversation with him that started with that show and moved on to DCUO, and from there, to GL comics. After about 45 minutes of dishing out info back and forth (him cartoon info and me comics), I pulled out my laptop and showed him Phoenix possessed Namor giving Red Hulk a compound fracture as well as Blackest Night #0. It was so neat to be able to show him those issues right then and there rather than having to schedule a later viewing of a physical issue.
I prefer Physical, but I have no problems with using Digital if I can't find a physical copy or some other reason that makes Digital a better solution.
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@Gaming Warthog: Yeah, they're definitely much more convenient in a number of ways. I think it's cool that as long as Marvel's servers are operational, I'll be able to pull up any issue that I've redeemed a code for at any time in the future. That's pretty f-in cool.