So, since the announcement about the Diamond and iVerse team up to bring you print and digital titles came out, there have already been some comments. Bear in mind though, that we don’t know all the details though!
Digital comics are the future. You can stomp and pound and swear that youâ€™ll just as soon give up reading comic books as read them exclusively online, but like any secular trend, itâ€™s not going to stop just because it doesnâ€™t suit your personal preferences. Now the PACE and FORM with which digital comics become popular very much remains up for debate. Right now, weâ€™re in the early stages and all the current industry players are trying to figure things out. Baby steps. So I try not to take any specific digital announcement too seriously, because my experience in analyzing markets tells me that what we see today is almost assuredly not going to be what we see as the market matures into adolescence.
The Geek Syndicate: Letâ€™s Get Digital â€“ Diamond Digital
Day & Date is a powerful motivator for a lot of people and with publishers such as Top Cow, IDW and Tokyopop onboard you could see this being of interest, butâ€¦and this is a big but, are people really going to walk into a comic store in order to purchase a digital comic to then download once theyâ€™ve redeemed their code through the Comics+ app? I just canâ€™t see it, to me this feels like a clunky attempt to golden handcuff customers to physical stores.
This is possibly the most ridiculous thing Iâ€™ve ever seen as a digital consumer.
Augie De Blieck Jr (Comics reporter):
Also, if you’re buying a paper comic at $3.99, do you want to spend $4.99 instead to have a digital comic, too?
This story is going to run for a while…I wonder what Alan Moore/Warren Ellis thinks?