I mentioned Longbox, an iTunes-like digital comics platform that's currently in development, in the comics news thread. It is the most credible and serious effort to make digital comics available legally for consumers, at least in my estimation. Marvel also has its own solution, DCU, which sorta-kinda-not really addresses the demand for digital comics. And there are a few others out there. The main point is that the industry can no longer ignore digital comics, and must now take steps towards finding the best way to monetize and exploit them as an alternative content delivery mechanism.
This thread is for discussing the various digital comics solutions and initiatives that are currently or will soon be available. Specifically, let's talk about pricing and diversity of content, the effects that a serious move to digital will have on different parts of the comics food chain, and how this will affect your reading and buying habits. Additionally, let's talk about the pros and cons of the different solutions
I know this should go without saying, but this thread isn't for talking about pirated comics. I'd also like to avoid talking about webcomics, as they are a somewhat different beast.
----Sources for Digital Comics
Digital Content Directly from Creators
These creators are doing it right, so support them!
Digital Content Directly from Publishers
Other Interesting and Useful Links
- Underground (by Steve Lieber and Jeff Parker) and other works by Lieber. No purchase necessary, but he is asking for donations if you enjoy the works.
- Valentine by Alex de Campi and Christine Larsen. Available on many different services and devices and in many different formats
- In Maps and Legends by Niki Smith and Michael Jasper. Available on many different services and devices and in many different formats
- The Adventures of Bernard the World Destroyer (PDF, $2) by Skottie Young
- Misery Loves Sherman collection (PDF, $2) by Chris Eliopolous. You can also read it for free on the Misery Loves Sherman web site.
- New issues of Cemetery Blues (PDF or CBZ, $1) by Thomas Boatwright. . The artist appears to be using the Not .99 method for distribution.
- F**K YOU, BOX by Katie Cook. $2 for the 30 page ashcan. I can't confirm that she's using the Not .99 method.
- Agreeable Comics, a selection of comics by Kevin Church, available in PDF and CBZ format.
- Derek Hunter is a F**K (38 pages, PDF, $2) and Lobster Ladd & Cosmic Jones: Beach BBQ Blast-Off! (40 pages, PDF, $2) by Derek Hunter.
- Fearsome as Night (PDF, $2) by Jeremy Treece .
- The Complete Adventures of Atomik Mike (230 pages, PDF, $2) an all ages book by artist Israel Cruz and writer Stephan Nilson.
- Sea Bear and Grizzly Shark (54 pages, PDF, $2) by Ryan Ottley and Jason Howard.
- DoubleFeature, by Four Star Studio (writer/artis Tim Seeley, artist/writer Mike Norton, designer/illustrator Sean Dove, and writer Josh Emmons). It's $0.99 per 16 page issue, available through iTunes and as a PDF from their website.
- Cautionary Fables and Fairy Tales - by various artists. 200 pages for $6.
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