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    Default WC12: ComiXology: Everything Digital

    ComiXology's Chip Mosher and David Steinberger spoke at WonderCon about converting to the iPad 3, embracing indie creators and working hand-in-hand with publishers and retailers.


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    I love what Comixology is doing. But I do hope they reconsider their stance on motion comics down the line. I know that day and date digital only recently came into favor by Marvel and DC, but if the medium is to grow along with tablet technology (which is sure to grow faster) it can't be too traditional. I imagine Apple is already working on a 3D tablet of sorts. I imagine that video and flash technology will continue to evolve. So why shouldn't comics evolve with it? There will always be a place for print, but digital is opening up new markets and like any industry comics need to adapt.
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    Motion comics are an abomination (and this is coming from someone who embraces all aspects of digital comics and digital distribution). They aren't even really comics any more, and miss the entire purpose of comics entirely. They are a pointless gimmick. If you want to make an animated story MAKE ANIMATION. I for one am glad ComiXology isn't wasting capital going down that deadend.

    I am however for layered comic pages, that lets you see the raw line art, or full pages without lettering. That sounds useful and do wish ComiXology would explore that more. But eh, I'll take HD content. That's really the important bit after all.

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    I can only see this site evolving and getting better and better as time and technology grows.

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    What I'd like is the ability to sort and arrange your digital collection. Sometimes the order they're presented is not the intended reading order.
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    I love motion comics. They are like a visual audiobook, you can say. They are a good way to get people into comics, or at least to enjoy the story. Someone may not be willing or have the time to read all of Watchmen, but they can watch the motion comic and get the whole story and even a little more from just reading since you get the music and voice acting

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Adventurer View Post
    Motion comics are an abomination (and this is coming from someone who embraces all aspects of digital comics and digital distribution). They aren't even really comics any more, and miss the entire purpose of comics entirely. They are a pointless gimmick. If you want to make an animated story MAKE ANIMATION. I for one am glad ComiXology isn't wasting capital going down that deadend.

    I am however for layered comic pages, that lets you see the raw line art, or full pages without lettering. That sounds useful and do wish ComiXology would explore that more. But eh, I'll take HD content. That's really the important bit after all.
    I totally agree. Every digital comic I've seen reminds me of the 1960s Marvel Super Heroes cartoons with images taken directly from the comics.

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    Ironically, the only motion comics I've seen done well are Darkbrain's porn comics (though preferably with sound off).
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    Quote Originally Posted by The Adventurer View Post
    Motion comics are an abomination (and this is coming from someone who embraces all aspects of digital comics and digital distribution). They aren't even really comics any more, and miss the entire purpose of comics entirely. They are a pointless gimmick. If you want to make an animated story MAKE ANIMATION. I for one am glad ComiXology isn't wasting capital going down that deadend.

    I am however for layered comic pages, that lets you see the raw line art, or full pages without lettering. That sounds useful and do wish ComiXology would explore that more. But eh, I'll take HD content. That's really the important bit after all.
    I am interested in seeing what Marvel has in store with Infinite Comics. I checked out the Deviant Art post that was mentioned (http://balak01.deviantart.com/art/ab...y=24&offset=20) and I think it would be REALLY cool to see it integrated into superhero stuff. It's not motion comics (which I hate) but it allows the creators to really get into how a story flows and is timed. If Comixology can start to support this, I'm on board to get a tablet and go more digital.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sociald1077 View Post
    I am interested in seeing what Marvel has in store with Infinite Comics. I checked out the Deviant Art post that was mentioned (http://balak01.deviantart.com/art/ab...y=24&offset=20) and I think it would be REALLY cool to see it integrated into superhero stuff. It's not motion comics (which I hate) but it allows the creators to really get into how a story flows and is timed. If Comixology can start to support this, I'm on board to get a tablet and go more digital.
    Oh yes. That. I love that. That comic is one hell of a proof-of-concept. I'm legit surprised we haven't seen anyone take a stab at it anywhere else.

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    I'm glad to hear about the HD upgrade. This was a needed feature. I like to read in guided view on a 10" tablet (I know, purists are cringing right now), because sometimes, the art in a panel blown up to that size looks amazing, and really adds to the dynamics for me, and the text being larger lessens the eye strain. The problem currently, is that when a smaller panel is blown up (especially on a Marvel comic), it gets very pixelated. I just hope the HD comics aren't Apple-only. Although, when is v3.0 coming to Android? I've heard nothing for months.

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    I'm glad they aren't planning to pursue motion comics, because I'm not interested in those. Don't let anything distract ComiXology from digitizing more comics!

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