Notes from June 7th – Chicken Little Edition

07Jun10

Lots of reactions floating around out there in regards to the announcement of the Iron Man Annual being release digitally the same day as the physical comic.

The Beat has several quotes and thoughts.  The final line is what bugged me, where people are again complaining about cover prices.  Is it just me or does it seem like most of the people complaining about cover prices on blogs don’t even buy comics any longer?  Where were these people when IDW first opened up shop selling comics at $3.99 10 years ago, while the Big Two were at $2.25 or $2.50 on most books?  I’m going to stop myself here, because I’ve got a bigger post coming later in the week about the cover price issue.

Bleeding Cool also posted several reactions, and if you look closely, you might see someone you recognize.

The biggest problem I see with the discussions about the digital comic wave is the word “problem”.  I see this as a huge opportunity for everyone involved, and the trick is everyone working together to figure out how to make this work for everyone in the industry.  Even people who are huge advocates of digital seem to often use the word problem to refer to the digital comics expansion.  With well thought out planning and discussion, this can be a great chance for comics to expand.  Or it could end up fragmenting an already niche market and take down the entire thing in one ball of flame.  I tend to think it will be the former, though.

If you’re thinking about reading Final Crisis, you may want to take a look at this Prospective Reader’s Guide to Final Crisis by Douglas Wolk over at Techland.  Final Crisis is classic Morrison.  Even when he doesn’t quite pull everything tightly together at the end, there’s still so much energy on the page it is worth reading.

The logo for the upcoming Green Lantern movie showed up this week.  Now THAT’S a fascinating reinvention of a classic, don’t you think?

The Comics Reporter has a great round up of noteworthy items and thoughts from this year’s Heroes Con, too!

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One Response to “Notes from June 7th – Chicken Little Edition”

  1. 1 Doc T

    I’m still trying to wrap my head around the digital comics issue. I agree with your assessment about the “right way/wrong way” potential for this as an “opportunity” and IMHO the simultaneous release is clearly a test drive to compare sales generated as Marvel eyeballs options. I think they’d be stupid to NOT do everything they can to keep the retail shop market but corporate profiteers don’t have the best rep when looking at the long haul. The cover price issue is a whole other thang that hearkens back to pulp origins before the collector’s boom, but I’ll save thoughts on that for later as well.


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