Monday, February 28, 2011 01:17 PM
Taken, and the Future of Comics
 by Fëanor

You may or may not have noticed that I haven't posted a new episode of The Take in a long time. This time it's not just because I'm too lazy to write it! It's also because I gave up buying comic books about a month ago. It was a hobby that was taking up too much of my time, too much of my money, and too much space in my house.

That being said, I miss my comics. I miss them bad. And I'd really like to keep reading the better ones if it is at all feasible. I figure I have two options: buy the collections of the series I like best in trade paperback form when they finally get released that way, or switch to digital comics. Digital comics seem like a great option: they're cheaper, buying them doesn't require me to go on a long trip anywhere, reading them doesn't require me to carry them around or take care of them, and holding onto them doesn't require any physical space.

Here's the thing, though: I can't figure out digital comics at all. I'm Googling, I'm looking at FAQs, and I just can't figure these things out. Do all comics get released digitally at around the same time they get released in shops? If not, are they all going to get digitized eventually or am I out of luck if I want that one issue of that one series? Is there some central website I can go to and buy comics from every publisher, or do I need to subscribe to/buy from each publisher separately? Can I subscribe and grab what I want whenever, or do I need to buy the books one at a time? Can I read them online or do I need some special device? Why is it so hard to figure out the answers to these questions?

Anybody out there have any insights? I am pretty frustrated here.
Tagged (?): Comic books (Not), Meta (Not), Please Comment (Not), The Take (Not)



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