Comics accept been about for centuries, but the iconic Action Comics #1 featuring Superman in 1938 is broadly advised to be the alpha of the “Golden Age.” Added metalliferous ages followed: silver, bronze, iron. Now, comics are in the “Modern Age.” And the bigger catechism both today and activity forward—will banana books abundantly abide on bright cardboard or alteration to backlit LED?
Better than the soap opera with zombies on AMC, The Walking Dead as apparent on Comics by ComiXology
Perhaps this catechism became added difficult in 2007, aback comiXology launched as an online association for readers. In bristles years it has developed into the alcove agnate of iTunes. With added than 20,000 titles by dozens of publishers including Marvel and DC, Comics by comiXology has become the ascendant belvedere for finding, buying, and account comics on Web, tablet, or smartphone. The basal technology is licensed, too. Branded apps from Marvel, DC, BOOM! Studios, IDW, and others use it and are linked. If you are account comics on a tablet, you ability as able-bodied be account Comics.
Comics by ComiXology store
Similar to iBooks, Comics (free) functions as abundance and reader. The Abundance is accessible to cross and search, abundant faster than rifling through bagged copies in accumulator boxes. Select a specific banana and the affectation shows a coverflow of the series, price, credits, summaries, and a few examination pages. There's alike a articulation to buy in book administering users to bounded stores. Prices are commensurable to print, usually from $0.99 to $2.99 for distinct issues. Comics additionally provides a appropriate “taste” of 500 chargeless titles and counting. An accretion cardinal of titles are additionally accessible the aforementioned day as print, eliminating addition advantage of paper. Whatever allowances the concrete average holds, the new iPad threatens to booty those away.
Saving shelf amplitude is the accessible advantage of agenda comics. A distinct affair takes up anywhere from 10 to 20MB. In agreement of concrete size, an iPad distinct folio is hardly abate aslant than paper,—9.7 against about 12 inches. It’s adamantine to brainstorm application a abate book to apprehend comics, or one of those Macrocephaly smartphones. Virtually all smartphones would be alone too were it not for Guided View.
This trademarked and arguable technology presents alone panels in sequence. It zooms in on anniversary panel, or alike assorted genitalia of a panel, optionally assuming the absolute folio aloft entering and exiting. While the account is accessible on the baby awning of a smartphone, the blow is the abolition of the folio as art. Does anyone anticipate Michelangelo frescoing the Creation of Adam accepted it to be accomplished like this?
Guided View is, in my opinion, aloof awful. Favoring the genitalia over the sum of the page, it transforms the acquaintance after the clairvoyant alike acumen they are the worse for it.
ComiXology offers a technically bigger another alleged CMX-HD. That’s what the aggregation dubbed the banana architecture for the new iPad, advised for a resolution of 2048x1536. Upgrading to the new architecture is painless, alfresco accessible accumulator issues. A archetype of Saga #1 (a bifold issue) took up 18 megabytes on an iPad 2, but it was 38MB for the new iPad. What do you get for bifold the size?
Cover of Saga #1 on the iPad 2 and new iPad at 2048 by 1536
Glancing at these two images from an iPad 2 and a new iPad at the aforementioned resolution, you ability not apprehension a difference. Look for a moment best and you should. The new iPad is bluff in comparison, admitting in abreast at 1024x768 on an iPad 2 the aberration is negligible alike in the hated Guided View. There is, however, one important exception.
From Saga #1, accumbent layers of argument from iPad 2 and new iPad at 2048 by 1536
Typography in e-books isn't awfully important to publishers or readers, but it affairs in comics. In the aloft example, Baron Robot XXIII “speaks” with a monospaced accent. That’s no accident. Every beheld aspect affairs in comics, a action burst bottomward into stages aloft the adventure itself: penciling, coloring, inking, and lettering. Merging the aloft console from an iPad 2 and new iPad, the aberration is clear. On the new iPad, agenda comics accept abolished cardboard in one key aspect. It's a bigger read. Not that this matters.
No amount how abounding new iPads Apple sells, there are added tablets (including ones from Apple for this year at least) active at a lower resolution. Added importantly, there will be many, abounding added smartphones with physically abate displays. Despite the new iPad obviating the charge for assisted account due to down-covered text, the future of the agenda banana is guided (ugh). Alike if it is optional, how continued afore artists agilely allegorical the eye by console blueprint opt to let software do the work? How continued afore addition decides to add choir and complete effects? You accept to admiration what this affectionate of transformative tech means... so I approved out a accountable amount expert.
Ultimate Comics in all its primary blush glory
Ultimate Comics is, bar none, the best comics abundance abreast me that doesn’t aroma like Cheetos. I mentioned in accidental to CEO Jeremy Tarney the aboriginal appellation I anytime read, Incredible Hulk #189 from July, 1975. With savant-like ease, he instantly knew he had it (now I do, too). This is an breadth area agenda comics currently fail. There's a abridgement of aback catalogs aloft a few, acceptable high-profit, titles. After affairs my banana touchstone, Tarney took a few account to allege with me about agenda comics, but aboriginal the accessible question:
Do you bethink your aboriginal comic? "Uncanny X-Men #181," Tarney said. "They fought some dragon. I bethink flipping through the pages at the biologic store."
I asked about the appulse of tablets on the business, whether there’s been either a aura or conceivably pitchfork aftereffect on cardboard sales due to agenda comics.
"The appulse of iPad has been basal at most," Tarney said. "It’s been absolute because they’ve been able to apprehend things they ability not accept best up because there’s been a chargeless preview… The actuality of the amount is best bodies who are our barter are—not necessarily hardcore—but they’ve been account comics for a while. They aggregate comics. They like the physical, absolute banana book."
No, I did not ask what, exactly, “hardcore” readers were like. It's a alarming anticipation no amount the estimation and not arresting to the approaching of cardboard comics. To that end, I did concern whether cardboard comics including codes for agenda versions had afflicted buyers.
"It absolutely doesn’t assume like best bodies affliction that much. Aback they aboriginal started accomplishing it they fabricated a big accord about it," Tarney said. "They bagged the issues so you couldn’t get the cipher out after affairs the comic… bodies didn’t like it… you couldn’t cast through to see if you admired the artwork afore buying."
Tarney wasn’t afraid about the approaching of cardboard comics. To him and his customers, it’s about the “physical,” the belly affiliation amid clairvoyant and cardboard in hand. Agenda cannot challenge it. Unlike music, the agenda clairvoyant charcoal the outlier. It would arise for the accidental banana reader, adequate Hulk aggressive Mole Men and self-esteem issues on a book is a acceptable abundant experience. For for the account of the art form, it appears thankfully not.