* A reminder that the Pipeline PREVIEWS Podcast went live over the weekend.
* A brief detour into my personal life and the scheduling of Pipeline for the next couple of weeks.
* Reader response to the question about the chromium cover replacement for digital comics. There's some great material in there.
I've hated the idea of digital comics since someone told me that is where comics are going in the next five years. Fortunately, that was back in 1988 and I've since had time to warm to the notion. :p
I loved the "layers" suggestion that Bryan R. had. When CrossGen was around and had their online comics running, I believe some of them used this feature. Even as someone with no intentions/pretensions of working in comics, I find this to be an utterly fascinating idea. Sure to the pros & editors it may seem pedestrian at this point, but I'm going to be thinking about this all week long. For a special edition issue, give the same page to five different inkers, and see the results of each.
I really regret not making it to some of the panels at cons, because I would have loved to see Laura Martin's presentation. Imagine being able to run a slideshow of it on your own computer though.
As far as mixing in audio, wouldn't it be cool if some of the digital comics came with mini soundtracks? Like the 30 sec clips that you can sample on iTunes. Then, I'd finally get the full Chynna Clugston comic experience, as she has never once listed a song I own as the soundtrack to page. :D
Congratulations on the impending nuptials Augie. Having been through the process myself, I know how all time-consuming the planning can be (especially in the last month or so) leaving little free time for anything else. Good luck!
Oh, don't get me wrong. I never, ever want my paper comics (and books!) to go away. As a librarian I am sick to death of the paper vs. electronic arguments, and really can't stand it when it seeps into my hobby. But I do think they are some absolutely fascinating possibilities, if the companies are willing to explore them. The things I posted about are the sorts of "bonus" or specialty items I'd like to see.
EM, who loved John Byrne back "In The Day", but always thought he did ridiculous women's hair.