A month ago I mentioned that more digital comic stores would be opening later this year. Guess what? At last weeks New York Comic Con, both Marvel and Top Cow announced they would start selling digital comics. Woot!
- Marvel’s president, Dan Buckley, said “[Digital distribution] is a very real thing that we’re all going to have to deal with, because whether we like it or not, our books are already on the internet”. Click to read more.
- Top Cow announced they would be teaming up with IGN.com for online distribution. Find out more here, and here.
Naturally, I’m very excited by this news, as are many others. I don’t think there is an issue over the media format, paper vs digital, it’s really about choice. Digital comics are popular with fans, and publishers now recognise this fact.
With regards to reading these comics with ComicBookLover, I hope Marvel and others will avoid trying to create a custom document format, encumbered with DRM. Instead, they should stick to a popular format such as CBZ, perhaps with a few changes to accommodate metadata, and alternative compression formats (7zip). Fingers crossed!