Earlier today I received my normal Apple iTunes newsletter. In it contained a fascinating piece of information: Apple is now selling Marvel digital comics though its iBookstore.
Now I’ve been following the digital comics scene for a few years now (heck, it’s hard not too) and I even went to so far as to start my own blog titled DGTL Comics which was going to be the #1 resource for all things digital in the comic universe. Much like my Collected Comics Library is for collected editions and reprints. I was going to have a podcast, news, reviews and even the link dump that would help the user delineate between all the different portals and platforms.
Due to family, work, and my commitments to the CCL blog and podcast, it never really got off the ground, but now thanks to the big news of the day (perhaps the 2012 so far), I think I’m going to get back in the Digital Comics game.
Like I said, I’ve been aware of what’s been going on in digital and now I even own a 10.1 Samsung Galaxy Tab from Verizon and I read my comics with a nifty little program called Perfect Viewer from RookieStudio. It does the job well and I also have an account with Comixology.
For now my DGTL Comics relaunch is still unknown to me, but I am going to start up my @DGTLComics twitter feed, which has been dormant since October 10, 2010 – yes 2010!!! the funny thing is I get a few new followers every week.
If anyone has any passion for digital comics and would like to help me out I would greatly welcome your time. I can’t promise a thing other then it will be a fun ride.
I’ve been a big proponnet of Digital Comics for a long time now. I even started up the DGTL Comics Blog (which is now defunct) and Twitter Feed @DGTLComics. I’m also a big fan of Verizon Wirelees, thanks in large part that they help pay the bills around here. Add to this that I have never owned an Apple product outside of my three iPods. So it’s no wonder that I carry an DroidX Android phone in my pocket and use Google religiously. But I think that’s all about to change with the news that Apple’s iPad is coming to Verizon on October 28th.
Ever since the iPad was released, there has been talk, talk and more talk about Android tablets. But nothing has come out and even the specs of things to come do not look like they can complete with Apple’s product of the year. And really, I’m tired of waiting. Sure I could hold out to Christmas, but our family needs a new small computer and it would be nice to use the iPad as a multi media player, which is its true intenstion.
And I want to start reading my digital comics on it. I already have joined up with ComiXology, Graphic.ly, iVerse and a few others and have read comics on my iPod Touch, but it’s just not the same. So I’ll keep you informed and who knows, perhaps the DGTL Comics blog will get a version 2.0.
The past 12 months have been an exciting time in the comic book industry: Marvel/Disney, IDW making huge improvements in sales and stature, and just a few days ago DC Comics restructuring, well, just about everything. Then there’s the rise of Digital Comics. Sure, digital has been around for a few years, but with the release of Apple’s iPad things really took off in 2010.
I admit that I got caught up in it. After all, digital comics are reprints, per sea, and I’m all about the reprints. I made a decision to start a new blog DGTL Comics after I met with David Steinberger, CEO of ComiXology, at C2E2 this past April. I could see the need for a place for people to go to get information, new and reviews of Digital Comics. I did do a few Blog posts and I wanted to get the DGTL Comics Podcast off the ground but it nave came to fruition. It’s been hard to get it off the ground and rather then letting it suffer and be stagnate, I am closing it down as of today. The DGTL Comics Twitter feed I set up however, has been excellent and easy to maintain and will continue to link to digital comics and technology news. I’ll also continue to to small digital news items on the Collected Comics Library Podcast each week.
Podcast: Play in new window
Collected Comics Library Podcast #281
32,289Kb; 32m 19s
It was no surprise that Digital Comics was the talk of San Diego last month at Comic Con 2010. The majors like DC, Marvel and IDW and smaller publishing houses like Top Shelf and Boom! Studios all made
announcements. The business of Digital was also discussed on several panels, and booths hosted by distribution companies like ComiXology, Graphic.ly, PanelFly, iVerse (Comics+) and Long Box Digital were all busy showing off the latest apps. Today on the podcast, I talk about this new comic book reprint form and get you caught up with the latest news.
As some of you know I started a Digital Comics blog called DGTL Comics not too long ago. Unfortunately I have not had the time to devote to it. I even wanted to do a weekly podcast, but other activities have hindered me to really do much of anything. However there is some good news to come out of this. First, the DGTL Comics Twitter feed will still be going strong, so be sure to follow that for easy links. Second, I’m going to start guest blogging at Digital Comics Review very soon and perhaps I’ll be posting a podcast with industry leaders and passionate fans. Lastly, I’ll be adding a Digital Comics news feature to the Collected Comics Library Podcast on a regular basis. Three great ways to keep up to date with Digital.
Getting back to what I know best – there is some printed Collected Edition news including an update on the delayed Captain Marvel Monster Society of Evil, historian Rick Marschall and Rosebud Archives have teamed up with Fantagraphics for a new line of books and DC Comics restructures the Earth One GN line before it even gets started, all this and the New Releases of the Week.
Links of Note:
Marvel Comics Trade Paperback Timeline
When Words Collide Comics – Don’t Cry: The iPadization Of The Medium by Timothy Callahan, Staff Writer CBR
Val’s Digital Comics Page
The Uncertain Future of the Printed Word
The Quarter Bin
Collected Comics Library iPod App
Digital Comics Review
Please visit my site sponsors: In-Stock Trades and Forbidden Planet International (UK)
It looks like Spring has sprung here in the Metro Detroit area and it couldn’t of come at a better time! Spring is a time of renewal, to feel alive again, to grow and in my case get one hell of a head cold as the chilly days turns into warm days. The slight flu I received over this past weekend gave way to a real nasty cough and moved right on down to my lungs and throat. As I have gotten better the last of the virus has affected my voice – a case of laryngitis I guess. Anyway I sound terrible. I feel fine now, but I want to save you the agony of listening to me sound like Chiklis as The Thing.
In the meantime you can here what I sounded like just before I went south as I had my monthly conversation with John Mayo on his Comic Book Page podcast when John and I went over the January 2010 Sales Figures.
Here are some other great links from this past week.
- Dark Horse Comics Solicitations For June 2010. Hardcover Archives include: Eerie Volume 5 (reprinting Eerie #23-27), Flash Gordon Comic Book Volume 1 (reprinting seven complete comics originally published from 1947 through 1953), Mighty Samson Volume 1 (reprinting the first seven comic books from the original 1960s Mighty Samson series).
- Friend of the CCL, Timothy Callahan, Staff Writer CBR, in his latest When Words Collide column takes a look at 15 Upcoming Collections That Matter. Yes – Steve Ditko does matter! And thanks for the mention, Tim!
- Kevin Melrose, CBR’s Robot 6, reports that Apple’s iBookstore designates Comics & Graphic Novels as top-tier category. On a related note, I plan on getting an iPad not only for me to read digital comics, but also as a second computer/media player for the family. I’ll report back from time to time and let you know how it goes.
- Heidi MacDonald, The Beat, has the lowdown on the 2010 Doug Wright Award nominees
- Of the many, many, many blogs I subscribe to via RSS, I really like Comics Bronze Age by Andrew Wahl. Andrew has just released the 2010 Print Edition of Comics Bronze Age. Please support his site by donating $1.00. I did!
- Rich Johnston has interesting news on a guy selling Zenith Trade Paperbacks. Yes those Zenith Trade Paperbacks!