From Robot 6 @ CBR
Digital comics were a major theme at C2E2 this year. I donâ€™t suppose I was surprised by that exactly, but it did kind of sneak up on me. Much the way I suppose digital comics have been sneaking up on publishers and fans for the last couple of years. Theyâ€™ve been around; weâ€™ve all noticed them; weâ€™ve even been talking about them quite a bit, but the industryâ€™s observation of the digital format has seemed sort of detached and possibly even bemused. Sort of, â€œYep. We see that thereâ€™s this other way of reading comics and itâ€™s a nice option for some people, but printâ€™s not going anywhere and weâ€™ll still focus mostly on that.â€ Itâ€™s only been recently that we seem to have realized that â€“ oh, shit! â€“ print could be in danger and weâ€™ve got to figure out what weâ€™re going to do to survive!
And just because I was curious, I also contacted the co-owner ofÂ my local comics shop,Â Source Comics & Gamesin Minneapolis/Saint Paul. Dominic Postiglione is one of the funniest, most helpful people I know in any aspect of the comics industry, but heâ€™s also a very smart, on-the-ball retailer. I wanted to get his perspective too as someone who hasnâ€™t at present signed up with ComiXology, but is seriously thinking about these issues and how to manage them.
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