If I’m pro-anything it’s 1) Pro bacon 2) Pro Double Shot Arcade (legit unbeatable 4 foot game) 3) Pro competition in digital comic book libraries.
I’ve written for years now that the best thing that could ever happen to Marvel Unlimited is some comparable digital comics library service (*cough*DCUnlimited*cough*). It’s easy to exist with flaws in a vacuum, but some healthy competition can push you to improve the product in a way that benefits all comic book readers.
Comixology shocked the comics world (and plenty of creators) this week with the announcement of Comixology Unlimited, the digital comics answer to Marvel Unlimited, Spotify, Netflix, and subscription library services.
The promise of a “Netflix for Comics,” spread across various publishers and genres has been the holy grail of digital comics readers about as long as I can remember (I have long-term memory issues). Is Comixology Unlimited the answer to all our comics bingeing prayers?
When I was a boy, we used to walk uphill, barefoot and naked even, right in the snow both ways (!) on our way to the local comic shop. For decades, you really had one option for comic book reading – You pull out your 35 cents (This was never my price, but price increases in the 70’s were outrageous!) and you get your floppy comic book. [Read more…]
It might get me a lifetime ban from the Pawnee Parks & Rec department, but I’ve always loved libraries. I remember the first time I realized I could burn The Who’s “Tommy,” Led Zeppelin I-IV, and Pink Floyd’s “The Wall” onto my computer with FREE checked-out CDs. (This was before Spotify. We played guitar uphill in the snow, both ways, and we liked it.) [Read more…]
It’s clearer than ever that tablets are the perfect digital comic book reading option. There’s also no doubt that digital comics services like Comixology and Marvel Unlimited have made it easier than ever to obtain vast resources of digital comics.
What’s less clear is what type of tablet or e-reader you should consider for your comics consumption. Do you invest in a sleek 10 inch tablet? What about a mini tablet to save a few dollars? Could you stick to a laptop or desktop? And what about non-Apple or Android options like Kindle, Nook, or Windows Surface? [Read more…]
Earlier this week, Scribd stealth released a “Comics Unlimited” wing to their Netflix for books subscription service. According to Scribd you can “Browse more than 10,000 comics and graphic novels from Marvel, IDW/Top Shelf, Valiant, and more.” It’s an exciting addition to the digital comics landscape, and as you’d expect, I have a lot of thoughts. [Read more…]
I can’t totally decide how embarrassed I should be by this, so I’ll just come out and say it: I’ve had the hardest time figuring out a good way to read comic book PDFs on my tablet. Ok, Ok, I hear you, my grandma’s calling and she’d like to offer some help with getting me on the internet, I get it. But when you rule out the tedious and time-consuming practice of manually loading PDF files onto a device, what’s the best way to read comic book PDFs (on the go) on your tablet? [Read more…]
In another effort to assert their dominance as a foreward-thinking, digitally savvy comic publisher, Image Comics recently announced Dropbox integration with their digital comics shop.
Here’s what that means for you and how you can quickly and easily connect your Dropbox comics to a free comic book reader on your tablet or smartphone. [Read more…]