10 Questions about digital comics with the writer and producer of Rage Bane Of Demons
- Who are you and what are you working on right now? (2 questions in 1, I know!)
My name is Eric Peyron, and I am the writer and producer of the Rage Bane of Demons series. I have worked with DC’s Thony Silas on the first Rage Graphic Novel, which could be called Issue #0 of the series. Then, I launched the Rage Series with Alan Quah, Stéphane Degardin, and Alex Nascimento as pencillers. Right now, I am working on the second issue of the Rage Series with Alex Nascimento, and it’s looking good! You can see a few pages on the Rage Patreon Page at this address: https://www.patreon.com/epeyron?ty= I am also working on the Worlds of Rage Series, which will mostly feature stories in the Rage Universe, with pencilers Loïc Canuel, Stéphane Degardin and Yonami (and there’s more to come).
- What drew you to digital comics?
The production cost mostly. As a publisher, I don’t have to pay for print or physical distribution for example.
- Webcomics or digital comics?
Digital comics for me, because I am an old school comics fan. I am trying to create 20-page comics, that hopefully, one day, will be available monthly.
- What do you think works with digital comics?
Their availability on the day they are released should be the best argument for it, if publishers followed on the idea, but it is obviously not Marvel’s policy at the time. There’s also the fact that you can keep your entire collection with you at all times (which also avoids cluttering in your home). And in time, comics will all be created in RVB instead of CMJN, which means we’ll even have richer colors.
- Can digital comics replace print comics?
Not yet, but print comics are going to become more and more of a niche market. For now, as a reader, I am reading printed comics by day and digital comics on my iPad by night (In the dark. Without any lights on! Try it, it’s great!) But technology is evolving and I might be able one day to read comics on the beach on an iPad without seeing my face in it instead. It’s just a matter of time. Double-page spreads are still a problem though. They look better on an iPad since the image really is seamless, but you have to turn or scroll your device to look at it.
- How can print comics work with digital comics?
They can’t in the long term. People my age don’t read a lot of digital comics, but children are discovering comics on their phone, now. They are getting used to read this way, which is good news for books as a medium, but not so good news for printed books.
- What don’t you like about digital comics?
The time it takes to just open a book. When you have a printed book, you just open the book. When you have an iPad, you could just click a button, touch an app, choose a book and read it. But you don’t just yet, because you find you have a lot of other things to do suddenly, like replying to emails, opening your facebook app… that sort of things…
- What digital comics/webcomics do you read?
Anything I can get my hands on. I mostly read paper comics and graphic novels, though. I mostly read comics written by Brian Michael Bendis, Mark Millar & Jim Starlin these days, and mostly in printed Graphic Novel format.
- Where do you see digital comics going from here?
Same as printed comics. Digital comics are going to become a digital stable of characters you can adapt on screen. Not much more. The good news is that it means that comics are here to stay, be they digital or not. Companies like Disney and Warner are going to inject money in their publishing department even if they are not making that much money with it, compared to what they earn with movies. Good new for people like me who grew up reading comics.
- Who do you think we should look out for in digital comics?
I am not sure. It seems every new digital comics company is trying to create something that would be a unique way to tell stories digitally, but I personally don’t need to read animated comics. I just need to have my comics on my iPad. I could be wrong, but I don’t believe in new ways of reading that would revolutionize digital comics. People just need their books to be on hand wherever they are.