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Start the year with a great read

1 Jan

by Mike Hansen

It’s not comics, but it applies to comics as much as text books: Here’s a fantastic, award-winning essay on copyright and piracy, and how modern technology will make books as easy to copy and share as music and movies. (Don’t fear the length: it’s a smooth, fast read.)

Here’s a taste:

Neil Gaiman thinks that releasing a free digital copy of American Gods (2001) increased sales by three hundred per cent, and he no longer fears piracy. ‘It’s people lending books. And you can’t look at that as a lost sale,’ he says. ‘What you’re actually doing is advertising. You’re reaching more people. You’re raising awareness … And I think, basically, that’s an incredibly good thing.’ But he doesn’t know. Cory Doctorow says half a million free downloads of his Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom (2003) helped the book through five physical print runs. ‘Giving away books costs me nothing, and actually makes me money,’ he says. Maybe he knows. There is a growing body of anecdotal evidence. But nobody really knows whether that kind of strategy will work for all books and all authors, or whether it will work for long.

Most comics get scanned and uploaded to the internet as soon as they’re released, but a digital screen (even a tablet) is still not preferable in most cases. Comixology and other services have developed some workarounds for the unusual size and shape of comics pages and panels, but few comics are optimized for digital viewing – at least, for now. The future’s going to be very interesting indeed…

The Best of 2012

31 Dec

by Orion Tippens

2012 movie imageLooking forward to 2013!! But looking back on 2012, here are my notations.

Best comics series of 2012 – Saga by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples

Best comic book character of 2013 – Damian Wayne (Batman)

Best single-issue comic story of 2012 – Locke and Key: Grindhouse one-shot

Best cover artist of 2012 – J.H. Williams III (Batwoman)

Best comics writer of 2012 – Can’t decide between Scott Snyder (Batman, Swamp Thing, American Vampire) or John Layman (Chew, Detective Comics, Mars Attacks)

Best ongoing comic series of 2012 – Batman vol. 2 (Scott Snyder, Greg Capullo)

Best colorist of 2012 – John Kalisz on Batman and Robin (vol. 2)

Best comic based on a non-comics franchise – Godzilla: Half Century War by James Stokoe

Most shocking way to end 2012 – I would say Chew #30, but I heard the spoilers to Amazing Spider-Man #700 – DAMN!!

Best apocalypse story of 2012 – Batman Inc. Vol. 2. #5 by Grant Morrison, Chris Burnham

Biggest Disappointment – Doctor Who/ Star Trek: Assimilation crossover of 2012 – Wow, that story really is really going nowhere and really dry. So much potential…sigh.

Best new comics company of 2012 – Madefire Comics (iOS digital app)

Best digital innovation in comics storytelling of 2012 – Bottom of the Ninth by Ryan Woodward

Best traditional comics original series digital exclusive of 2012  – The Lookouts by Ben McCool

Best webcomic series of 2012 – JL8 by Yale Stewart

Best funny webcomic  of 2012 – The Oatmeal by Mathew Inman

Best movie based on a comic book of 2012 – Dredd (Judge Dredd)

Most campiest villain in a movie based on a comic book character of 2012 – Tie between Loki (Avengers) and Bane (Batman)

Most oddly hilarious line used in a movie based on a comic book of 2012 – “Crashing This Plane with No Survivors!” – Bane (Batman: Dark Knight Rises)

Best, most fun comics character to play in a cheap video game that otherwise sucks of 2012– The Flash in the Justice League: Earth’s Final Defense (iOS)

Note: I am sorry I have not caught up with any Marvel Comics and it’s very obvious I am a DC fan. Please recommend me some good Marvel Comics reads for 2013!

– Orion

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