Some of you who started following this blog in the last year may not be aware of a series of articles had called Paper Comic Deathwatch. The idea was that on a semi weekly basis, Caine and I would examine trends in comics and computers/phones that we felt were leading to paper comics practically disappearing. At its peak, the series was one of our most popular, never failing to get links from other places. We even got a bitching logo for the series from Friend of Flashback Sean Kleefeld!
Decade Comics Went Digital Post has been used as a resource in several college classes I've been told (via email)
But we stopped using the Paper Comic Deathwatch moniker around January of 2010. Partly because I saw a lot of people not only jumping on the band wagon with similar themed articles, but because as the digital doomsday of comics began to creep closer and closer, what had started out as a fun, tongue in cheek series meant to goad companies into embracing digital distribution was becoming more and more like slowing down to view a car accident on the highway.
It's one thing to suggest that all books and comics will one day go digital without worrying about the implications of that reality. It's another to see struggling retailers and book dealers in a life or death struggle against juggernauts like Apple and Amazon.
Case in point: Borders has now joined Barnes and Nobles in pulling 100 of DC's Most popular graphic novels from its shelves.
This is all due to Amazon cutting an exclusive content deal to distribute with DC for the exclusive rights to certain graphic novels in digital format.
Let's evaluate that - the two largest book chains are concerned not because DC is exclusively selling all paper books through Amazon, but digital books. And to protest the point, both companies (who aren't doing great sales wise or in the stock market) are going to stop selling said books in a medium that is completely different!
That strikes me as very foolish. My heart goes out to people working for both booksellers. I don't think your proprietors are using best judgement in a time when they should be stepping carefully.
Have a great weekend.