The Digital vs. Regular comics debate rages on over on my previous post, but I’m back to address some of the issues that came up.
EXCELLENT posts by everyone! Sorry I can’t get back to everyone personally, but between Twitter, the blog, and Plants vs. Zombies I don’t have that much spare time.
Check out the top 5 questions below from you, my fellow comic book super-nerds and faithful Twitter followers and friends:
1. (logan) “i think that digital comics are a much better deal, but i still love holding a comic in my hand.”
I’ve had several people DM me on Twitter about this. YES, I AGREE. Holding a comic rocks. It’s how we all started, and it’s what we all know and love. But familiarity and attachment to the known are just comforts because we fear change.
The world is changing whether you like it or not. If you don’t embrace it, one day you’ll end up like your Great Aunt Maude who’s afraid of the microwave, and doesn’t understand how the spooky voices come out of that new-fangled hand held talking device.
But like I said in my previous post: you trade convenience and price for the newly-minted comic feeling in your hand.
(logan cont.) “but as i see comic prices increasing (4 BUKS!!!!) and my wallet decreasing, it seems like ill be buying a lot of digital comics in the near future.”
$4 is outrageous for a digital comic. $1 – $2 is sufficient, and at that price you’d get more readers, each purchasing far more comics.
There are already studies from the Kindle showing that a user will buy more books at a lower price if they have the device (so they essentially spend the same, but get more value and convenience). Same will be true for comics online.
2. mathias http://dreamhive.blogspot.com/ “yet in your calculation you fail to include the initial investment of a reading device: iPhone, iPad, desktop etc”
Well, let’s face it, everyone already HAS a computer. And not many people will buy a tablet or iPad JUST for consuming comics (although it’s not a bad investment).
What I’m saying is that the buyer doesn’t have to adapt his spending habits based on the comic industry – hardware, like the iPad, is just inherently better for comic reading.
And they’re expensive as hell right now, but one day (sooner than you think) these devices will be so cheap you’d be silly NOT to get one.
3. Randall http://mojo-wire-productions.blogspot.com/ “You include gas. Shouldn’t you include the money you spend on internet service or 3G”
Again, you’re already ON the Internet (unless…how are you reading this? You must have some new superpower!)
That’s like saying you have to factor in the cost of your rent if you buy a new TV. You’re still living there and paying rent whether you get the TV or not – you’re not renting a condo JUST to accommodate a TV and nothing else.
4. Glen Thoughts http://twitter.com/GlenThoughts “You need to bring a friend along for your trips. Your comic outing than turns into a comic-adventure. I’ve got scientific proof as well, and a prestigious high-school background in mathematics.”
Agreed. The comic store is fun.
I love going with friends, meeting people there, chatting with the natives…except that with little downtime and a busy schedule, I can’t do it on a regular basis.
When digital comics become the standard for single issues, many people (including myself) will still buy the trade paperbacks. Comic stores will still survive by selling these, as well as all sorts of other stuff like t-shirts, cards, collectibles, Warhammer, etc.
5. R.H Rusef http://blog.rhrusef.com/ “Digital comics are the wave of the future for so many reasons, but the main one is that the internet is democratic while comic shops are generally fascist, at least to a new customer.”
I’m not sure if I follow your logic of calling comic stores fascist, or even generally unfriendly (here in Canada the nicest people I ever meet are always in a comic store or at a comic convention).
HOWEVER, they are certainly middle-men.
If I had a comic you loved, and said you could buy a digital copy with all sorts of concept art, original sketches and bonus content for $2, and you can get it NOW online, would you go for it?
Now I take that same comic you love, print it into a book, give it to a distributor, get it to a retailer, add their profit margins, taxes, bags and boards, etc. and now would you want to drive somewhere, several weeks later, to pay $4+ instead?
I can’t wait to read the comments! Keep them coming…
Love you guys –