Digital Comics – The Death of Print Comics?

I hate reading digital comics! Okay maybe hate is a little strong, but I do find them fairly annoying most of the time.

This revelation came to me recently and has given me a different perspective about the changes in the comic book industry. Actually, it has given me a new opinion about any attempts to forgo printed products in favor of digital publishing. I like the idea of digital books, but I find them a bit cumbersome and worry about what going digital will mean for comics and gaming.

Sure it seems like a great idea to lower costs, make the products more readily available and allows you to take them anywhere without risk of damaging them. After all nearly all of us own a computer, or similar device capable of viewing digital comics and magazines, so in theory it should be the greatest idea any publishing company has ever had. Right?

For the companies that put out digital comics I’m sure it is a fantastic idea, but for some of us it is a royal pain. Whenever I want to read a comic book, magazine, or even a regular book, I don’t want to be tied to a computer, even if it is a lap top or pda, to enjoy my reading material. Plus with the cost of printer cartridges, of which I go through more than my share already, I have no plans of printing all of the digital content that keeps popping up.

A while back I mentioned the site WOWIO and how you can download tons of digital comics. Like any good comic book fanboy I went nuts and downloaded a bunch of books, but after a few weeks I realized I wasn’t reading them anymore. I just got tired of having to sit and read them on my computer. I have boxes of comics that I can actually hold in my hands and, with the exception of needing some kind of light source (which the sun is a very good at providing), I can enjoy them anywhere and anyway that I want, I don’t need electricity, wires, screens or batteries.

Sure digital comics are easier to store, but it just isn’t the same as actually holding a real book in your hands. Besides if comics all go digital, as some are predicting and hoping, I won’t be able to make the trek to my favorite comic shop anymore to get the new releases. I look forward to that. There is nothing in the world like walking into your favorite comic book or game store, talking about your favorite geeky things with the people there and going home with an armload of new books. Some things just aren’t meant to be digital and comics are one of those things.

Some may say that I am old fashioned and that I’m trying to hang on to the past instead of moving ahead with the rest of the world, and maybe that’s true. I honestly believe that as a whole we spend too much time tied to technology and we need to do things the “old way” to keep our sanity. I’m a geek after all; I embrace technology and the changes that come with it, as is our nature. I’m not saying we shouldn’t have digital comics or digital gaming material, I think both are very good ideas. But I don’t want to give up my printed materials just yet, I’m sure there is a place in our lives for both of them.

Now that I have gotten that off my chest I thought I would share a couple of places I have found to get digital comics books and gaming books. So check them out and make up your own mind.

o http://www.marvel.com/digitalcomics: This is the site of Marvel’s new online, digital comic book subscription service. The comics that are currently available to view range from Avengers #1 to fairly recent issues of X-men. With your subscription you will have access to view, no downloading, any and all Marvel comics that are available on the site. I’m not sure that I would want to pay a monthly subscription for comics that I can’t keep, but you could use this site to catch up on some titles that you may have missed.

o comics.drivethrustuff.com: I have never actually bought anything from this site, but I have done a quick look at some of the digital comics they have available in the past. A lot of the books can be found for free on other sites, but the prices on drivethru comics

Comics and Graphic Novels Pal Around With Librarians

In 1954 the U. S. Senate along with Dr. Fredrich Wertham almost destroyed the comic book business. Over time social approval for this kids entertainment medium, was blamed for various social conditions including juvenile delinquency. Wertham placed many of societies ills post World War II squarely at the feet of comic publishers and distributors. They focused on the growing popularity of crime and horror comics as their examples of the “seduction of the innocent”. Now, many decades later, graphic novels and comics have become favorites of teachers, instructors and librarians.

Comics as acceptable literature
Much less a very long time ago, kids caught hiding comics between your pages better quality yet less interesting reading through material were likely shipped towards the dean’s office. However comics, including classics for instance Superman and Batman but additionally their generally more refined, nuanced cousins graphic books, are not only seen regarded as educational tools by savvy teachers, they are also given serious attention as literature too by experts and popular entertainment commentators.

Comics might be a powerful way to pique reluctant readers’ interest and challenge individual students that are less than interested in moving to traditional literature. Many teens collect comics and therefore are dedicated to the heroic figures from the favorite comics. Fanatics frequently spend some time in comic stores, browsing and browsing anticipation for your latest delivery of comics. Some comics fans are enthusiasts of merchandizing comic and have them maintained in mint quality condition. Regrettably, the marketplace for collectors’ products is a guessing game.

Graphic books save the planet again
Many comics address subjects which are vital to a lot of pre-teens and teens, including issues of acceptance, nonconformity, prejudice, social injustice, transitional phase, overcome adversity, and private growth. The super-hero as modern mythology figures for instance Superman, Batman, and Spiderman represent identifiable cultural symbols and possibly, effective archetypes.

The graphic novel grew to become an economic blessing for the comic market generally and films too. Comics and graphic books now end up competing against their movie and tv alternatives.

Adapting comics with other media isn’t new comic adaptations to movies and radio were commonplace within the 30s and 40s. Most of the story lines and mythology around the most popular heroes really made an appearance first on radio and were later standard upon within the funny pages. Throughout the 50s the witch search by Congress and Dr. Wertham, triggered Hollywood, TV and radio to prevent any new adaptations due to the stigma which was starting to attach itself towards the color comics. The 70s and 80s saw a general change in attitude and acceptance of comics like a fun and important medium for children of any age.

Comics and graphic books address social issues
Because the seventies, comics happen to be the main thing on the trends of their day. The 4 printing in color press has carried out subjects for example drug abuse, spousal abuse, alcoholism, insufficient family and companionship, sexual orientation, plus much more. Lots of questionable subjects happen to be elevated and addressed in comics through the years. On many occasions a tale in regards to the specific addiction is offered an optimistic ending and often rather than a victory the storyline finishes in loss. Either in situation comics assistance to demonstrate that even people with amazing capabilities might have problems undertaking probably the most human of functions, or could have them much like everyone else can.

Comics mind to schools and libraries
The comic market is starting to recognize its new found niche in libraries and schools. It appears that libraries have reached having a lasting yearly panel within the greatest comic convention, the North Park Comic Disadvantage.

During the last decade libraries have fallen deeply in love with graphic books. These are typically stand alone tales or compilations of formerly printed books that span a multitude of genre and attracts a significantly larger audience than everyday comics. Graphic books can be viewed as a medium such as the paperback novel or audiobook. They’re as pleasing for the reason that they cover the entire story from beginning to end even when there primary figures are a part of a set.

Even though it is proper etiquette to complete your comic reading through within the library, reading through comics and graphic books in class has become recognized in your general education. I am certain Dr. Fredrich Wertham is most likely allowing this to continue in the grave each time a new movie adaptation from the comic breaks box office records.

Top 5 Android Apps

As the iPhone continues to play second fiddle to an exploding Android mobile operating system it’s worth looking at the top Android apps. Developers are flocking to Android in droves and porting over apps left and right. To sort through the tens of thousands of apps, let’s start small to make sure you’ve got the basics are covered.

  1. Groupon: Groupon is gaining steam and could become one of the hottest things online since Facebook. The daily deal site has created an app that will let you view your daily deal as well as actually buy it! The app itself provides you the opportunity to kick your printer to the curb and even use your Groupon deals through your device. The Groupon deals will cost some mula but the app itself is free. money
  2. Urbanspoon: This long time iPhone favorite is further cementing itself as the top mobile restaurant guide with its entrance to Android. Your favorite features are all there-the slot machine style view, reviews and the unique Shake feature.
  3. Google Sky Map: Everyone can become an astronomer with Google’s free Sky Map app. Through impressive use of the phone’s accelerometer you can simply point your phone to the sky and get readout of the different planets and constellations up above. Now you can learn to point out more than the Big Dipper!
  4. Angry Birds: This game is genius. Move through levels by utilizing your tool chest of different birds to fling across the screen, knocking down various structures. The simple gameplay and quality graphics made it a long time iPhone hit.
  5. Foursquare: The competition for your location based fun is tight with Gowalla and Foursquare still battling it out. Foursqure may be breaking into the lead with substantially more users though. Download the free app now and rule the roost at your favorite local spot by becoming the Mayor!