Name: Micah Baldwin
Bio: CEO and Chief Community Caretaker of Graphic.ly
1) There will be no changes to the podcasts - other than what Ron, Conor and Josh decide.
2) Our mobile apps are subpar at best. We are about a week from an update to the iPad app, and (I hope) the Android app release (its been a bit delayed as we get our developer's visa situation worked out).
3) We love the web and plan on really doubling down there. Cant wait to get that stuff out the door!
4) Our staff is paid, in dollars. Even American dollars (Josh had trouble making the conversion into Pescos.).
5) We have three publishers looking to go day and date, and we are going to work with many more to do the same. I think publishers are warming to the idea, and soon, we will forget the days of 30day old digital comics.
6) Last year we spent the year trying to figure out what we want to be when we grow up. Now we know. We want to be Tom Katers.
Think about it in terms of the real world. Why should I have to go to comic store to enjoy the books? Stage one was making them digital; but stage two is really bringing the comic experience to everyone wherever they are. What will those interactions look like? I have some idea but not a complete picture.
Much like we did when we started the company, many of those decisions will be driven by the community.
But what I can guarentee is that creators will be able to be as creative as they want to be. The infinite canvas concept is antiquated, participation, engagement, expansion is the future. We are excited to be part of a community that really wants to be innovative and push the industry forward.
Want to buy a digital version of a comic? There are dozens of places. Chose your favorite reader and go for it. We have no intention of just being a comic book store online. How is that innovative?
@ericmci iFanboy is owned by Graphic.ly. Our belief is that what Ron, Conor and Josh built is awesome and we dont want to muck with it. So the first thing we wanted to do was support them in their decision to hire more writers. The next step is to better integrate the two offerings. Since we are a bit behind in getting our apps out (both Desktop and iPhone/iPad, and others, like Web and Android), we havent done any real integration. Couple that with the time it has taken to get publishers onboard, and its a bit of a chicken and egg problem).
Over the next month or two you will see greater integration between the two companies. And, as always, if you have any suggestions, I can be reached at 720-231-7120 / email@example.com / firstname.lastname@example.org GTALK / graphiclyme AIM / @micah
@edward - I appreciate the civility of your comment. Im curious as to why. Thank you.
@jurassicalien - exactly! or what about commentary from Christopher Nolan about what elements he used in the movies? That would be rad. Or the ability to remove the color and see the pencils beneath? Thats the kinda stuff that I am stoked to one day see.
I always find price point to be an interesting debate. We let the publishers and creators set the pricing of their books, and will help them do so via sales data, etc. Just like we give publishers and creators full control of where their content is viewed (ipad/ipod/iphone or desktop or both, for example).
Most publishers make around (if everything falls in the right place) about $0.60 - $0.70 per book. With digital, at a $1.99 price point and a itunes-esque revenue split of 70/30, a publisher could make ~$1.40. Meaning creators can make more. So digital does bring the real value of getting more creators more money in their pockets, which should be positive.
If digital doesnt bring new ways to enjoy the content (beyond motion comics, which I personally am luke warm on) and engage with the content (social features, creator involvement), then the benefit of a tablet has to be portability and reduced cost. Im hoping we benefit from all four: ease to carry, lower cost per book, new and exciting content and interesting ways to engage.
Josh will not be leaving the Graphic.ly family. Instead, he will be moving over to ipaperboy and paper.ly, where he will now be delivering newspapers to everyone in Queens (Long Island on Thursdays).
Good luck Josh! And I hope your new paperboy hat fits.
I cant express how excited we are at Graphic.ly to have not only the wisdom of Ron, Josh and Conor but the participation of the iFanboy community! If you havent played with the Graphic.ly beta - go to http://graphic.ly/beta and download it. Then give us TONS of feedback.
iFanboy will continue to be what it is today, an amazing community. We are confident that by joining forces, together we will create something really...awesomer?? Um...great.
Contact me directly at email@example.com / 720-231-7120 cell / @micah / gtalk: firstname.lastname@example.org