April 2, 2012
April 14, 2012
This sounds exciting
I've read the Nova story on Marvels Infinite Comics platform and loved the way it worked. I can see great pottential there!
I also read the Luther comic and whilst I liked the story I think I may be missing something or reading it wrong.
I read it as a PDF on my iPad and just kept getting almost blank pages with a single repeated panel popping up every few pages.
Is that right? Or was there meant to be some sort of app to read it through in a certain way, like how you had to set the settings in the Marvel app to read it properly?
How will the comics on Thrillbent be presented? Will there be an app for them?
April 14, 2012
Will Thrillbent be on a backend of Comixology – like the DC and new Marvel sites? I like the idea of having a storefront, but it's more important that I have all my digital comics in one place.
I think this and price point hold digital comics back. If I need a different app for every publisher just to read my comics, some are going to be left behind and it unfortunately wouldn't be DC or Marvel.
April 7, 2012
I'm excited to see how this comes together! Way back in 1999 or 2002 I was yammering to my comic friends about how cool it would be to have a weekly serial that harkened back to the old SPIRIT newspaper sections, satisfying little chunks of story that you look forward to each week. It's something I'm going to attempt with my own work.
There have been hubs like this in the past, Graphic Smash, ModernTales, but mostly those were one page updates a week which wasn't satisfying as a reader. I forget what the old "Adventure" line they had was, but it only lasted a few months and then was shitcanned. In a lot of ways I think it didn't work back then because they were well ahead of the times.
Really looking forward to Thrillbent and helping you get the word out.
I'm very excited to see more information. To be honest, it's taken me a while to get used to the differences in format of digital comics compared to traditional print. The panel transitions, etc. Luckily, I'm coming around, which is good because this is where comics are heading. Hopefully we'll never be rid of monthly print comics completely but I know they will diminish.
I'm an amatuer creater myself (imagine that) and I'm thinking very hard about the potential of digital comics and what it can do for my stories. I've really enjoyed the new markwaid.com for all the information!
Can't wait to see what Thrillbent has in store!
April 2, 2012
Thanks for the kind words, everybody!
Which iPad app were you using to read Luther? I hope you've since found one that displays it correctly…?
Comics on Thrillbent will be presented in an HTML5 viewer, not PDFs. You won't have to download anything or adjust any settings.
Thrillbent won't be on a backend of Comixology (there's a bad joke there waiting to happen), but I see your point. What device(s) do you use to read your comics?
April 14, 2012
I just downloaded it and opened it through the default PDF viewer. I think that's iBook.
Can you recommend a PDF app that would be better for it?
Regardless though, that's great news about Thrillbent using HTML 5.0 if that's more universal.
This will lead to my next question though, will we be able to read the comics offline like you can with a PDF or through Comixology?
April 9, 2012
I usually read my comics on 3-4 different PCs between work and home.
Otherwise, I use my iPhone, which is far from ideal. The tablet is coming, just waiting for the new Galaxy Tab.
I know it might be fickle of me, but knowing that all my books are in one place is a huge comfort. I know the platform and I know they will work almost anywhere.
April 14, 2012
I read comics primarily on my Kindle Fire, as well as my iPod Touch and my Macbook (13" screen). I tried the Luther PDF on the Fire's built-in reader, and the "page flipping" animations kind of messed with the effect.
What I'd really love to see is an open format for comics. I was just reading about one called ACBF – https://launchpad.net/acbf — which supports a Guided View like experience from the sound of it, although I haven't tried it out myself.
Like Adriano, I would kind of like to have all my comics readable in a single app, but on the other hand, I think competition is good — while I've been happy with Comixology for the most part, I'd hate to see them become a near-monopoly. If all the publishers and distributors could get on board with a single format, it'd make things easy while still giving customers choices.
April 11, 2012
Does using html5 mean that the content can be created using adobe flash ?
If not ,what programs will be used for the thrillbent projects?
This is very interesting to me.
In the music world, more opportunity is available for artists to release and control the content of their music,and it was obvious that the comics medium would also have to find ways to deliver digitally.(Even though the hold in your hand comic book is a hard item to replace.)
And like much technology available to all,the tech created to deliver the medium would then be utilised by many.
Im not suggesting its a level playing field ,but for independent minded creators it is increasingly becoming more convenient.
HTML 5 is the basis of most e-book readers, and can be viewed from any web browser to boot. A bit of formatting is required for each, since each tablet has different dimensions and dpi capability, and I'm REAL fuzzy on how that would work on a smartphone, but HTML 5 is probably the best choice to allow the most people access to it without requiring a lot of extra work on Thrillbent's part.
For myself, I'm less concerned about it being a backend of Comixology, and more interested in whether this will be a subscription AKIN to Comixology, or whether this will be a downloaded product. (ie. when purchased, will I own a file, or will I merely have access to a file through a particular program/website?) I use Comixology quite a bit, but it's always irked me that what I've purchased isn't on my computer, but has to be accessed through their website (since I view digital comics via my computer.) It's not that big a difference (except that I could view it even when I'm not online), but it's the principle of the thing: I want to purchase a product, not a service.
Oh, and I feel it necessary to ask: will unknown creators have a chance to be published? And if so, what would the submission guidelines be? *crosses fingers*
I would prefer an ownable product. I think there's something to be said for ownership. But I also don't use anything cloud related so I'm the minority.
I don't know if this has already been said.
set a good price point.
if it all about digital comics, don't charge the people print comic prices.
I've been talking to a lot of readers, asking why they won't go digital and the price seems to be the barrier to entry. they believe if they're going to pay that much it should be for a physical book.
virtual goods don't have the same personal value for people as their physical counter parts.
also, page count. maybe raise the page count a bit more than a standard comic, so that the content feels worth buying it digitally.
April 7, 2012
I too was a little confused on Luthors format until I read the Nova story. Then I realized it was just my viewer. What I am hoping Thrillbent does is to keep experimenting and not create a format. Digital allows for different release schedules and page counts, and so on, and I want to see the format fit the story instead of the story fitting the format.
I am thinking finding a way to download the files is going to be something that needs addressed at some point. For the collector aspect and for the fact that if it is web based I can't take my kindle fire and go read them anywhere. That will effect what I buy.
I want to see lots of quality creator owned work from my favorite artists and writers and I want to discover great work from people who are new to me.
Also- DIVIDE PROPERTIES BY GENRE! When the average mainstream reader walks into a bookstore things are divided by genre. In the library- divided by genre. At Amazon- divided by genre. At the record store, the DVD shop, even our cable TV channels– DIVIDED BY GENRE. It makes it easy for new readers to find what interests them.
Also, divide by genre.
April 2, 2012
Once Mark has had some time to recover from a stomach bug, he'll be able to address your questions wrt offline reading and such. Thanks for all your comments!
Rest assured — Thrillbent properties will be sortable by a bunch of different categories, including genre.
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