Here’s 10 more questions with a digital creator. Nick Defina of Septagon Studios is behind the excellent Archeologists Of Shadows, which I have reviewed Volume 1 and 2!
1. Who are you and what are you working on right now? (2 questions in 1, I know!)
My name is Nick Defina and I am a co-founder of Septagon Studios Inc which is a publishing company that focuses on unique comic properties. We are currently publishing Archeologists Of Shadows, a Sci-Fi – Fantasy – Steampunk digital graphic novel series, you can learn more about the series and us at www.aoscomic.com
2. What drew you to digital comics?
We started looking into digital comics when the popularity of mobile devices and ebooks started growing in the mid 2000’s. We noticed that there were some advantages to digital comics such as lower production costs, increased world wide distribution potential and the ability to read your comics anywhere.
3. Webcomics or digital comics?
Both are great. Webcomics work well for building readership and connecting with fans. As a reader of Webcomics, it’s fun getting small installments of a series on a daily or weekly basis. Digital comics or digital graphic novels are great because the technology and accessibility is continually improving. You can instantly own and read almost any comic you want in just 1 or 2 clicks.
4. What do you think works with digital comics?
I believe any genre works with digital comics. The best device to read a digital comic would be an iPad or 10 inch tablet.
5. Can digital comics replace print comics?
I don’t think digital comics can replace print comics. There will always be a place for print comics and print graphic novels. Having a print graphic novel is like owning a piece of art.
6. How can print comics work with digital comics?
Currently Marvel is offering a duplicate version of their books in digital format. It’s a great incentive to encourage digital comics but you also get to have a print copy for your collection. More and more publishers are embracing digital comics to build readerships and gain exposure for the print versions of their books.
7. What don’t you like about digital comics?
I like almost everything about digital comics. I think the only drawbacks today are Digital Rights Management and the absence of feeling the actual book in your hands.
8. What digital comics/webcomics do you read?
Some of my favorite digital comics/webcomics are Deadpool, Immune, The Sandman, Axe Cop, The Oatmeal, Gates Comic and Box 13.
9. Where do you see digital comics going from here?
There is a bright future for digital comics. The tablet market is increasing by the day. A lot of people are rediscovering comics through electronic devices. Eventually everyone will have some sort of a smartphone or tablet and this will only grow the popularity of digital comics. I also see digital comics evolving and becoming a more interactive reading experience which may include sound, video and animation.
10. Who do you think we should look out for in digital comics?
Some companies to watch out for are Comixology, Iverse and MadeFire. As the digital comic market grows and technology continues to improve exponentially, anything can happen. Maybe it’s just a matter of time before we will be plugging digital comics directly into our brain….but I will stick with my tablet for now.