Thursday, January 12, 2012

5 Reasons to Switch to Digital Comics

In a world where space, time and money is not an issue I still thoroughly enjoy physical paper comic books...as opposed to those mental paper comic books (brain paper-cuts...no thank you). Unfortunately, space, time and money are factors for myself and others, so I have been forced to make the shift to digital comic books.

The adjustment has been hardest in the area of comic shop owner pals. I absolutely enjoy stopping by my local comic shop (the Comic Bug in Manhattan Beach, CA) because the guys that work there are friendly and funny. I want them to do well as business people, but unfortunately my switch to digital comics will hurt them. For that...I am sorry. But with that said...I present...

5 Reasons to Switch to Digital Comics

5 Reasons to Switch to Digital Comics - 365 Days of Comics
5 Reasons to Switch to Digital Comics

5. You Forgot Again?

The convenience of a tablet is unquestionable. You can literally take your library of comic books anywhere! This can be quite useful when sharing comic books at work. When sharing your comics with co-workers it can be a bit annoying to remember to search through your boxes at home for the books they wanted to borrow and then bring the comic books into work. At my work in particular, when there is a little downtime or if it is a lunch break, some people enjoy reading a couple of comic books. I find it much easier to hand them my tablet to borrow at work then to remember and dig through my comics at home. The tablet helps avoid a minor hassle in this case, but any hassle avoided at work is worth it.


4. Take that, Nightlight!

Not everyone has a light or lamp right next to their bed. If one of these lamp-less people decides they want to read a physical comic book in bed they have to read their issue and then get out of bed to turn off the light. What if it's cold outside of the sheets?! This is a problem easily remedied by digital comics on a tablet. When one gets ready for bed they turn off the lights, hop into bed with their tablet and then simply turn their tablet on. Bam! Lit reading! When you're done you can either place the tablet on a table near your bed, or if a table doesn't exist near your bed, simply slip it under your bed so you do not step on it in the morning.


3. What Nerd Store Does our Grandchild Like, Again?

My grandparents and the rest of my extended family are amazing. This is a fact. They constantly give me great Christmas and birthday presents ever year, including presents I ask for. They aren't the type to buy things for me based on guessing. They do their homework! Unfortunately, for my family members (especially the non-locals) they tend to run into a problem if I want comic books. They find out I want comic books but are not always sure what exact ones to purchase. If they are not local to my shop they cannot simply buy me a gift certificate for that shop. Plus, if they got me a Barnes & Noble gift card then I am limited to their smaller selection of graphic novels and single issues (they do actually sell some single issues). For them, the convenience of me having an iPad is that they can simply give me an iTunes gift card and I am able to purchase comic books with iTunes credits: purchases I can make from my work, my home, the toilet...basically anywhere. No longer do I have to go to the shop to get comic books. Granted this option isn't available for non-apple iPad users, but enough people do use an iPad which makes this a valid point when it comes to comic book gift giving.


Digital Comics on the iPhone - 365 Days of Comics
Digital Comics on the iPhone
2. More Than Just Rock Can Harm Paper.

Comic books are made with paper material properties which are found somewhere between a solid and gas state. I know this because all of my comic books' pages become wavy due to the high moisture in the air, in my city. Living in or near a beach city can really screw with the crispness of comic books. The paper is generally too thin to hold it's hard non-wavy form. But a few waves of pages isn't so bad...it's the over time color fade that gets me. Older books don't retain their colors they way digital ones do. The colors pop on tablets and digital readers while they sit waiting to fade, in physical comic books. Plus, the color is always a little off when the comic goes to print. Ask any graphic designer what happens when they try printing something at a place like Kinko's: the colors always turn-out slightly off. When the comics are mass produced the coloring may get slight changes. I want to see the true colors, and I feel like I can only get that with digital comic books.

1. Lots of Boxes That Don't Pay Rent

Lets be real. Not all of us are settled down and living in a house which may have storage. Not all of us can afford a habit like comic book collecting and paying for a storage unit just for our dozens of comic book boxes. Many of us do not have the space to store our physical comic books. Clearly digital comic books save space. This seems to be a major reason people are making the switch to digital comics. As a younger fellow who may move around a bunch, the transportation of nearly 20 comic book boxes becomes a huge pain in the ass, as well. You know what's easier than moving 20 comic book boxes? Not moving 20 comic book boxes. The mass amounts of physical comic books our suffocating me. Thankfully, digital comic books our setting me free.


There are plenty of other great reasons to switch to digital comics. What are you reasons for switching, or not switching?

4 comments:

Dan said...

do you use the marvel app or buy them straight from itunes? I've taken over miki's Ipad and have downloaded all of the free ones I can get but i refuse to pay for apple things since i'm cheap and haven't learned how to yet. But being in a new city myself I'm not very accustomed to knowing where the good comic shop is.

Budd said...

I agree with your points. What would rock would be a code that allowed you to dl anything you bought paper. maybe printed on the receipt or something.

Dom said...

Dan-o, I use the Comixology Apps (this includes their main app, the Marvel app and the DC app). If you ever have a prob with their apps just go to the send feed back button at the bottom of the main app page and send them a quick note. They usually get back to you super quick.

Dom said...

Budd, I've like the idea of maybe being able to donate old comic books for store credit through the app. Like if the donation service gave you a code which could be individualized and entered into the app. Maybe like a dollar a book...something like that.