Not signed in (Sign In)
    • CommentAuthorSpawn_Kcb
    • CommentTimeFeb 5th 2011
     (9507.1)
    Hello All,

    I have been thinking about this for a couple of days now, sort of pushing ideas around in my head. Forgive me if this has already been covered at an earlier date but I am looking for intelligent conversation on the subject.

    Apart from Comixology and Digital Longbox are their any other companies producing/offering a platform for digital comics?

    What I was thinking of is a web service which simply allows ANY creator to upload ANY comic book in a given format (Say PDF or as a collection of images) then offers to sell the books in a digital style similar to Comixology or Digital, Longbox across a number of platforms and devices for a percentage of the sale (say 1%).

    Obviously the books would have to be vetted on upload, not in regards to content, more to make sure the books are not incomplete, the files corrupt. Ok maybe a little bit of content watching, nothing called "The Further Adventures of Capitan Kiddie Fiddler" or the "Birth of a Nation" OGN.

    The site would be backed by a kind of social network structure producing recommendations based on previous purchase and user reviews etc.

    I dont know I am rabbiting on now.

    I was just trying to get the creators views on Digital comics and their distribution.

    And readers views on why it hasn't really taken off as a delivery system.

    Although a life long comic fan I am looking at this from an Engineering perspective this time and I am just trying to get....well as I said to begin with I am just moving ideas around in my head.

    Thanks for taking the time to read this, apologies to any moderators if I have broken any rules and to Warren...well thanks for all the work mate.

    Later

    Kev
  1.  (9507.2)
    Plenty. Graphic.ly, DriveThruComics, Literate Machine, PanelFly, Clickwheel, and MyDigitalComics who are new to me.

    Plus the major book publishers.
    •  
      CommentAuthorCameron C.
    • CommentTimeFeb 5th 2011
     (9507.3)
    What I was thinking of is a web service which simply allows ANY creator to upload ANY comic book in a given format (Say PDF or as a collection of images) then offers to sell the books in a digital style similar to Comixology or Digital, Longbox across a number of platforms and devices for a percentage of the sale (say 1%).

    1%? ha. hahahaha.

    As mentioned recently on Warren's blog... http://theillustratedsection.com/ I've got my two mini comics up there and have purchased some things. After you buy something you go into your account and it has a section where you can download the PDFs (Allows for redownloading files, each can be downloaded up to 3 times).
    • CommentAuthorEmperor
    • CommentTimeFeb 5th 2011 edited
     (9507.4)
    Lulu and Amazon both now have a digital downloads arm as well as POD and will get your comics on the iPad too (Lulu and Amazon, or they did - their Digital Text Platform is now Kindle Direct Publishing and I can't find information there about getting you onto the iPad any more). There is also Smashwords.

    Personally I think this is going to be important:

    The site would be backed by a kind of social network structure producing recommendations based on previous purchase and user reviews etc.


    Amazon's system of reviews and "people who bought this also bought..." system is powerful and I have picked up numerous books through it but I think offering a social network element is key - let people see what you are buying and enjoying, recommend them to friends and the like. That said perhaps adding social networking might be a bit clunky and you'd need a critical mass to make it work - as I've said in another thread it could be distributed social networking might work for this, if there was a way to either plug comics modules or allow it to plug into comics sites (you could for example plug in your comicbookdb collection) and perhaps have a range of buying links to let people choice the service of their choice (like Amazon affiliates for trades or GNs). Use the social network to glue everything together, rather than having all the discrete islands of data scattered around. Soooooo you could then have your core Diaspora account and draw in your comiXology data with a link back to them so they have an incentive to let the data free.

    Also most places seem a little wary of letting you have a pull list that actually pulls titles into your account. It might be to avoid disasters but there are ways around it (they could present you with your pull list and you could then authorise it, or deselect items before paying).
  2.  (9507.5)
    IMO the best person to talk to is Mike Jasper who is publishing In Maps & Legends over many different formats and has written some very interesting articles on how to do it and sales figures at his blog
    • CommentAuthorTim Simmons
    • CommentTimeFeb 8th 2011 edited
     (9507.6)
    Of possible interest to those in this thread-- I just did an longform (60 Minutes style) interview w/ Graphic.Ly's CEO, Micah Baldwin-- mostly talking about the present and future of Digital Comics-- you can read it here

    (Transparency filter: the interview was done to tie in with my comic's release on Graphic.Ly-- although, I don't pimp through the body of the Q&A--)

    Still, it's a really fascinating interview-- Micah is a pretty open and honest guy-- you don't get a lot of the marketing doublespeak/lingo that you might with another CEO.

    Also, I'd highly agree with the above about Mike and Niki from In Maps and Legends. They both get a shout out in the interview as well-- I'm not shittin' when I say I think they're trailblazing the path for the new breed of Digital Comic Creators.