April 7, 2012
I look at it differently. Thrillbent can include anyone they want rather than be bogged down with endless submissions. Sure, it might be cool to be part of it, and it might offer exposure, but the real take away here is what we learn and use about formatting and distributing comics more effectively.
I would like to see Thrillbent become the Amazon of the digital comic world.
To illustrate why, I need only point to the recent decision by Graphicly to change their business model to what is basically e-publish assist. Yes, there is money in that, though wether it is enough to justify the investment will be interesting to see, given that the main ebook markets are Amazon, then the aggregator route, such as smashwords to get on B&N and the ipad.
If a creator has their work in both mobi and epub format, with pdf for normal layout, I think they pretty much have it covered. I mean, you can layout a comic in microsoft word, or powerpoint, throw in flash animations, video, etc.., set the page dimensions to fit whatever aspect ratio suits, so it's not like we are short of formats for distribution.
I don't use DRM on my own works, because I think the music and videogame industries have already showed how useless this is in the long run.
What I would really like is the ability to give people who have actually bought my work something extra, that is not available to free-freaks, such as extra content like a coupon giving access to a downloadable poster, or personalised page at higher resolution. Something they can print out that is just for them. Also, I think the whole gatekeeper theory is a bit lame, i.e. there is a lot of spite on the kindle forums where some people are basically accusing indies of filling the place up with rubbish. My view is that the customer, if given ten per cent of the product to view, can make their own decisions on what they want to buy, so previews would be essential. After all, a customer can flick through a book in a normal bookstore. Why should digital be any different?
It would be a shame, in my opinion, if Thrillbent became just another fragment of the dispersed comic delivery mechanism. Far better if it was like Drive thru, Comixology, Ibookstore, and Barnes & Noble combined.
Or maybe the idea is to have a place where the high concept people show the rest of us their visions. That would be kind of cool too.
I know quite a few guys, besides myself, who are experimenting in this field, and they would be very interested in seeing what this project turns into. Best of luck with it anyway.
May 1, 2012
First, the content. Once again, Waid finds a new perspective to turn the superhero genre on its head. I can't wait to see where he goes with it. Also, great looking art and nice use of transitions that digital can offer. Can't wait to see it used for dramatic effect in the future.
Now, I would LOVE LOVE LOVE an app aggregator that pushes notification of content updates to me weekly or whenever it is available. I see web comics I like all the time but I forget about them because I don't browse their sites often. An app with push notification would cure that AND allow more time between "issues" without fear of losing momentum.
Make It free and charge a dollar for notification if you want. I would buy it.
Good luck, guys and gals. You have no idea how mfuch I want this to work out for you.
Hey, new to the forum and real excited about Thrillbent. The one thing I would like to see on Thrillbent is creators who are lesser known or unknown being given a chance to show what they can do with this digital comics arena. But, that doesn't mean that I wouldn't want to see other well known creators on here. Ed Brubaker, David Aja, Steve McNiven, and others.
April 25, 2012
Well, I would like to congratulate Mark, Balak and all the team for launching Thrillbent ;).
First comics are huge, deep universes !
Next steps, I'd like next chapters too explore more and more the features of Turbomedia, it really should add a new dimension to comics narration…
Once again, well done !
May 9, 2012
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July 29, 2012
So far I am loving the direction of Insufferable, the twists and the turns are great. There are two things I'd really like to see more of. Yes, I ended that sentence with a preposition, shame on me. I'd like to see more intricate use of the flash movement (I guess that's the right term), the difference between one visual of the panel and the next. That movement was absolutely brilliant in Cthulhu Calls, even though it was just a sort of rough, first draft. The phone call noises, the blinking, the chewing – all of that stuff was really cool and really gave a sense of movement and reality to the format and I think that would be even more exciting in something as suspenseful as Insufferable, especially with the ratcheting tension between Nocturnus and Galahad, even with more of the dialogue being parsed out like an actual conversation would be cool. Another thing I'd really like, which may or may not be possible and may or may not just be me (I am a very fast reader.) is a little bit more length in the weekly editions of Insufferable. I'd like to see a length somewhere in between Insufferable now and Luther. It feels like we get just a little tiny taste of what's going on in this huge universe before it cuts out. I love the cliffhangers, I just wish there was a little bit more meat on the bone before we got to them. It seems like there are only a couple of scenes sometimes before the episode's over and sometimes it's just easier to wait until a couple of weeks have gone by just to get a bigger fill of the comic. I know I am completely unaware of what goes into the process of making these comics, the screens seem a lot more difficult to make, I think, but these are just things as an mostly average reader that I have observed.
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