I have been an avid comic reader for many years now. Going to the comic book store on a Wednesday–new comic day!–has been one of my favorite things to do. As much as I love comics and comic book stores, though, I love technology and the thought of a paperless world where I can get all of my entertainment on any device I have at hand. I’ve embraced the cloud with open arms and adopted very new device I could afford (which, to be honest isn’t many).
As comics have transitioned to digital, I’ve welcomed it, just like I welcome all other evolutions in technology, media, and entertainment. I’ve welcomed it and have been disappointed by it.
I was really excited when I first learned about motion comics. Then I watched them and hated them. Motion comics were this limbo between comic and animated feature. Some had voice actors, some didn’t. Some were like an audio book with slightly twitchy pictures. There were a few that I enjoyed, but I felt the medium was lackluster.
The Comixology, DC, and Marvel apps have been pretty great in transferring the comic reading experience to tablets and phones but it didn’t really feel like anything more than scans of comics. Don’t get me wrong, I loved the convenience of getting the comics right when I want them without leaving the house and the ability to read them everywhere.
Marvel’s new format, Marvel Infinity Comics, however, seems to embrace the medium. I’m no Marvel fanboy. In fact, I love DC comics and read them almost exclusively (though I’ve been reading Avengers vs. X-Men and I’m excited for “Marvel NOW!”). The best way I can describe it is it’s fluid. The fluidity of it really feels right when reading a comic like AVX #1 – Infinite (a tie-in story about Nova). It helps build suspense. So far the two comics that have taken advantage of this format are from the point of view of just one character and it’s been really interesting to experience. The way the comic only shows you what it wants you to see until you swipe your finger forward really helps build the momentum and suspense of the comic.
What does everyone else think? Is the Digital Comic medium destined to just be a same-day-as-print carbon copy? Or do you think we’ll start seeing the different companies really innovate? Do you guys have any new ideas on how digital comics could evolve that haven’t been mentioned here? Or are you completely against digital comics and think they should go away as quick as they came so that you can have your the smell and feel of the print copy?