"No licensing fees to Apple means we can pay our creators more while offering readers lower prices."
If there's one area of publishing where the "game-changing" hype around the iPad has substance, it's comic books. While comics have been in digital formats, legally and otherwise, for years, few would argue that Apple's sleek tablet is the first platform to offer an optimal digital reading and purchasing experience, from comiXology's innovative Guided View … Continue reading Comics Publishers Recognize Digital Opportunity
From a fragile network of brick-and-mortar direct market retailers and the often fickle tastes of hardcore, social media-savvy fans, to online piracy and the tantalizing possibilities of the iPad, comic books have been out on the bleeding edge of the digital transition for years. While some comics publishers have had success expanding beyond the limited … Continue reading Can Digital Expand the Audience for Comic Books?
It's been two weeks since Steve Jobs' "magical and revolutionary" device officially went from fascinating Rorschach test to tangible consumer appliance, and while some of the hype around it being the savior of book, magazine and newspaper publishing has thankfully died down, there's no debating that Apple's App Store has had a significant impact … Continue reading Killer iPad Apps: ComiXology
No matter who wins the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor three weeks from now, Christopher Nolan has a serious dilemma in front of him as he decides where to go with his inevitable third installment in the juggernaut Batman franchise. To Joker, or Not To Joker? Even if he hadn't received a single award nomination … Continue reading Christopher Nolan’s Joker Problem
David Brothers was one of the smartest comics bloggers on the scene a few years back when I was at my peak of following the industry, and he's remained one of the few whom I still follow despite my current pull list being a shadow of its former self. [Side note: Have to get to … Continue reading Outrage, Humor, Context
I skipped The Incredible Hulk in theaters because I was fully expecting to be disappointed, but my son really wanted to see it and Iron Man was unexpectedly good, so we picked up the DVD and I was pleasantly surprised. Ed Norton isn't as dynamic an actor as Robert Downey, Jr., unlikely to carry a … Continue reading Review: The Incredible Hulk
There's a bit of a tempest in a teapot happening over at Montclair State University thanks to a "controversial" episode of the Keith Knight comic strip, The K Chronicles, that was published last week in the student newspaper, the Montclarion, and included the word "nigger". Twice! Well, kind of... Seemingly lost on most of those … Continue reading Apology Unnecessary
[youtube:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_ZGqSRtDbEw] PopCultureShock posted this great little clip about the new Blue Beetle -- Mexican-American Jaime Reyes -- and Junot Diaz' Oscar Wao, wherein Diaz notes: "The most fantastic genre can't keep up, or refuses to keep up, with how much our country has changed. And so people can dream about aliens, and they can dream … Continue reading The Most Fantastic Genre
[youtube:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l63SRpGXBHE] It's like a mash-up of so many of my favorite things! PS: I'll be back on a regular posting schedule, here and on Spindle, very soon. Seriously.