1. Who are you and what are you working on right now? (2 questions in 1, I know!)
My name is Russ Leach and I’m working on various projects. Top of my schedule list currently is Indifference Engine 2 written by Cy Dethan, Street for the Endeavour charity and two titles for Unstoppable comics in the US. Several other projects are zooming up behind those and it’s great to be busy!
2. What drew you to digital comics?
I must be honest and say I’m drawn to all comics of all mediums. What I like most about digital comics in particular is the visual impact and the fact that so much more can be added to the reading experience (when done right). There are various technologies and projects out there adding great features like sound and music and also additional info – almost like a Blu-Ray directors cut!
3. Webcomics or digital comics?
4. What do you think works with digital comics?
Additional content and I love comixology’s panel zoom effect!
5. Can digital comics replace print comics?
6. How can print comics work with digital comics?
As I mentioned in the previous question – I think both can exist and compliment each other. Instant (and should be cheaper) digital releases backed up by trade paper backs for that real world collection! This should also be levereged to increase the market and potential user base!
7. What don’t you like about digital comics?
They aren’t print comics 🙂 seriously I love having a physical book in my hand – but I think digital releases for single issues are the way to go!
8. What digital comics/webcomics do you read?
I pick up a variety of titles browsing stores online and love looking in the indy sections to see emerging worlds and talents.
9. Where do you see digital comics going from here?
More of the same I think. Less printed comics and more printed collected paperbacks and hard back collections. Digital issues being presented with more and more additional content for value for money!
10. Who do you think we should look out for in digital comics?
I think real innovation will come from smaller or mid range publishers that need to differentiate themselves from the big 2-3. These publishers may also embrace lower price points and provide a newstand like basic experience – just cheaper. I’d love to see the market open up for 8-12 year olds and have more kid friendly comics out there – regaining that market that was lost after the early 90’s but in digital form could be the kick the industry needs. And to clarify kid friendly does not mean childish. I just think that not every comic needs to be so dark – I was a big avengers fan in my youth and the books were fun to read and fun to look at and helped me gain a vocabulary as well as being a gateway to reading novels! The comics market in it’s current resurgence is doing much better now – but we need the next generation of kids to buy digital comics and the generation after that!