A friend posted this on Facebook. A unique take on a classic hero. Weird how much Wonder Woman is coming up this week for me, from so many different sources.
TWENTY DAYS TO CHRISTMAS. also, All New X-Men #3 day.
Is All-New X-Men biweekly? Seems like I just bought #2 last week.
I was watching some CBR TV videos today and was struck by something in this video of Marvel’s Editor-in-Chief Axel Alonso. Axel states that while digital comics sales are booming, he doesn’t see print comics ever being completely replaced by digital. This seems like someone living too close to print comics to see reality clearly.
Yes, I know both digital and print have had booming sales in parallel with each other this year. I suspect good movies like the Avengers and the Dark Knight Rises and things like the New 52 and Marvel Now have helped this. I’ve heard the arguments a million times that there’s nothing like holding a real comic in your hands. People have said this about regular books for the longest now, and I think we’re starting to clearly see digital sales overtake print in that category. Eventually, the coolness of the in-hand print book will wear off. It’s sooooo much cooler to take an entire collection of comics on your iPad everywhere you go.
I do think there will always be an audience for print comics, don’t get me wrong. The collector spirit in comics will carry on. I just think the majority of comics buying and reading will move to digital leaving print for the collector market. I could totally be wrong about this, but comics will certainly be the first medium to go digital and thrive in the physical after the fact if it does happen.
So what do the rest of you think? Will comics be largely digital in the future, or will print and digital comics continue to grow in parallel? Let me know what you think and also why you think so. Comment below or reblog and let me know.
X-Men comic book covers 1
Ah, the cover here from Uncanny X-Men 128. This is one of the earliest comic books I remember buying, perhaps even my first. I got it at a 7-Eleven near my apartment complex when I lived in Mississippi. I took it everywhere. Read it until the cover curled back.
This review pretty well sums up my feelings on this series. The characterization is outstanding. First X-Men comic in awhile that I count the days between issues.
This is a nice explanation of why creators don’t make much on creator-owned comics. Like a post I linked earlier this year from Mark Waid, it makes a compelling case that print is not worth the effort. Granted, that’s not what Jim Zub is arguing here, but I’d love to see someone write about what the numbers look like for digital comics, even when sold through something like Comixology, which would be similar to the Diamond relationship in this post.
I started reading All-New X-Men with issue #1 this weekend, during the long holiday for Thanksgiving. It’s the first book for which I’ve set an alert in the Comixology Comics app.
This variant cover from Issue #4 will show you why.