"Went a little crazy on impulse downloads from iTunes."
As it stands now, international fans have to wait a long time for comics from American publishers.
I don't think they shouldn't do digital. They should go for it while keeping the print editions running for as long as they're sustainable. I just think they need to also pay attention to the bigger picture of making comic books, regardless of format, more appealing to bring in new readers. I really don't think they're doing a great job of that at the moment.
Bamfette wrote:Arguing in favor of digital distribution is not arguing against good, accessible stories.
DC is relaunching their ENTIRE LINE with brand new #1's aimed at letting people in on the ground floor, in an effort to make them more accessible to new readers. They are also expanding beyond just superheroes within the DCU (not just Vertigo). they have vampires, fantasy, war comics, horror, westerns... all this to coincide with this digital distribution initiative, what more do you want?
I also don't understand why it's so hard to grasp that some people do not have access to a comic shop, or do not want to go into the one they do have access to (because it's a pit, or too far away, or whatever)
Can comics make the digital leap, in full, within the next 3 years? Why or why not? Who will suffer most from it? Who will gain most from it? Readers? Shop owners? Publishers?
No. The publishers are wary of hurting the direct market. At this point, publishers need to figure up a better way of delivering digital comics. The current half-baked method of Comixology powered apps is just not going to work. Prices for digital comics must come down and readers must be able to download a .cbr of a comic that they dan then view on any of their devices.
At this point, the publishers are making a half- hearted effort in the arena of digital comics. Perhaps they will get more serious about it if they continue to hemorrhage readers over the next few years.
Shop owners clearly will suffer from a thriving digital market. The readers will be the ones to most benefit from a thriving digital market.
Yes they can. It's a convenient and cheap way of distributing comics to people. It will save a lot of space that comics hog up. I say readers and the publishers may gain the most since it's basically a direct buy and more people would be tempted to get them than some 32 page stapled floppy.
They can, but the distribution model has to be a good one. It's already being done on an independent level and the more it reflects things going on there, the more non-comic readers would be willing to give new books a try. Stores will suffer from it, but there are dyed in the wool print readers (myself included) who will still hit stores looking for print books and what back issues we can find as available by the stores. Small publishers and readers will benefit most. The big companies are going into it, but they are really showing that they're doing it kicking and screaming.
They CAN, I just don't think they will. Too many people, myself included, are still married to the printed form. And I think it would hurt shop owners the most if/when it does happen.
The only way comics can make the digital leap is if the price on a digital comic is less than a print copy and if you can download the comic and put it on an external hard drive.
The publishers have the most to gain and the retailers will suffer the most.
I don't think comics will make the complete leap to digital, for the same reason music hasn't nor movies. The industries as a whole still want to protect retail/physical media, and there are still fans who prefer it.
Absolutely no chance in hell. I expect DC to continue to plummet in the sales charts with the obvious exception of any comic starring Batman. This is a temporary media bump. By November DC will go back to being the clueless loser that we all know and love.
You don't make a longtime customer uncomfortable. Bad business
The relaunch is just a giant marketing scheme in an attempt to bring in new readers and promote same day releases for digital comics.
Bad for lots of long time fans of existing storylines.
Good for new fans, like myself, looking to jump on and read some of these great character that previously seemed to have too complicated of stories to interest me in jumping on.
Bad for local comic shops with the introduction of same day digital comics releases? maybe?
Good in the short-term for DC comics' bottom line sales (no doubt).
Over all, the long-term success of sales, will be rooted in the story-telling.
Fans were dead-against (and pissed as hell at) Spider-man's OMD story but now I am hard pressed to say it wasn't a good move by MARVEL. The direction taken has lead to a lot of success, and while I'm sure there are still some anti-OMD hold outs (still not reading the title), I think a lot of fans have been won back. In no small part by Dan Slott's excellent story telling.
So will OMD success (which is relatively small scale, but was just as controversial at the time) equal DC reboot success? Only time and good storytelling will tell that tale.
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