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September 26, 2011 2:25 pm I think it's just a matter of preference. I read the first issue of Batman and Robin on my friend's iPad, and I enjoyed it as a reading experience, I just prefer physical copies, but neither is inherently better than the other.
January 14, 2011 8:17 pm There is nothing that bothers me more than someone disregarding a critic's review because of another review that critic wrote.

That said I'm always a little iffy on Gondry films but am interested enough to check it out if I hear enough good word on it.
December 28, 2010 12:38 am The only comic related gift I got was a volume of Hellboy, but I did recieve a few DVDS.

Specticle with Elvis Costello Season 1
Breaking Bad Season 2
Sherlock Season 1
Curb Your Enthusiam Season 5

Also got the new Donkey Kong game, as well as 7 or 8 CDs.
December 16, 2010 4:37 pm Ruse coming back has me so excited. I only remember reading one trade? Did they ever do more than that? If they did, I'm sure it wasn't too much more.

Also, I am disappointed that we haven't seen more of Waid's The Unknown for a while. I really liked the book, but I think I may have been alone in that.
September 20, 2010 7:53 pm

Just getting Flash and Dark Tower. Boring week for me.


BQ: I guess I'll be watchig the NBC Thurdsday comedies although I'm really enjoying Community and occasionally 30 Rock. Excited for the return of The Good Guys on Fox and I also have high hopes for Running Wilde. I mean, a show created by Mitch Hurwitz (Creator of Arrested Development) and starring Will Arnet. How can I not try it out for an episode or two?

August 30, 2010 12:36 pm

As someone who does not often download, I don't know if there exactly is a fear of repurcussions or not. It was just an educated guess. I figured there would be. People are still occasionally sued for downloading or proving music free online...and wasn't there a guy a few months ago who had a site that was letting people read for free who got shut down and sued?

I don't know. I'm not an expert. Don't claim to be either.

August 30, 2010 12:33 pm

@ScorpionMasada haha...have you met most comic readers? I think hardcore could easily apply to them.

But all joking aside, to take your own example, I'm also a huge music collector, and I still buy all my music and I always get the physical copy. The option for digital is there for me, I own an ipod, but I'd be lying if I said I used it now for anything other than podcasts.

Comics are a niche market, but not in the same way vinyl is. Vinyl is a niche in comparison to the music industry as a whole. For comic book readers themselves, the physical copy is still the main way they get their books.

 Again, I'd really like to see a formal study, because all we can really do is make educated guesses right now.

August 30, 2010 12:26 pm

@JaqueNargg It might legitimize it, that's true, but I don't feel like you're going to lose too many current readers that way. You'll just have a bunch of people who aren't reading now, not paying to read later.

I'm curious if a formal study has been done on this type of thing. Such as how many current readers would switch from physical copies to digital if it were easy and convenient enough to do so and also how many readers, if they could pirate easily and without fear, would do so instead of continuing to pay for physical copies. If one hasn't been done, it needs to be.

August 30, 2010 12:13 pm

I think there are still enough differences that what I was saying still holds weight. Not to mention Vinyl is without a doubt a very niche market.

The majority of music listeners don't listen on vinyl.

And I don't think you understand the mentality of most readers. As many people as there are who like reading books off their ipad or some other digital reader, there are just as many if not more who that format feels alien to. I'll choose reading a physical copy of something versus reading it on some kind of digital reader any day, and I highly doubt I'm alone in that.

August 30, 2010 11:55 am

Here's how I feel about piracy when it comes to comics:

Most comic book readers, like myself don't take our comics from the internet and I don't think anything is going to change that. Speaking for myself, and I'm sure I'm speaking for other readers as well, we like to own our books. We like to be able to physically hold them and pull them out whenever we need them.

There are longterm readers who would probably be happy to take their comics from the internet, but I feel like the majority fall in the same camp I'm in.

 So what that most likely leaves are people who aren't as familiar with comics checking them out by pirating them. And what does that hurt? They aren't paying for them anyways, and if you hook them in they may actually want to own physical copies eventually. This is a medium very different from music. Digital music means you can still listen to it in a variety of places and your music listening experience doesn't necessarily change all that much if you don't want it to. Comics are different though, some people don't want to read off an iPad or a computer, so they may eventually switch back physical copies and bring in money for the creators.

Comic books don't really bring in new readers very easily, due to a lot of things, but that $4 price point probably has a lot to do with it. If relaxing on going after piracy brings in new readers, I can't see that as a bad thing.