Snark: Flare Available in PDF

Press release recently received:

Heroic Publishing’s archive of recently published full-color comic book titles is now being made available electronically at High resolution PDF files containing electronic versions of recent issues of Flare, Liberty Girl, Anthem, Black Enchantress, WitchGirls Inc, Flare Adventures, and Tales of the Champions can be downloaded. For fans interested in the history of the world of Flare and the League of Champions, these electronic comics are an excellent, inexpensive way to catch up. Most of these electronic comics are available for only $1.99, versus the increasingly higher cost of acquiring physical copies in the comic book back issue market.

Thoughts in response:

Back issues are only high-priced if they’re actually in demand. I have yet to see any for Heroic’s mediocre, retro good girl titles.

Look for lots of Heroic’s comics to be easily available through file-swapping soon.

3 Responses to “Snark: Flare Available in PDF”

  1. Ray Cornwall Says:

    Actually, no one in the pirate file-swapping community really wants PDFs. Files in the .CBR and .CBZ format (really just .RAR or .ZIP files of good JPEG scans of the pages) are what’s really prized, and there are already lots of scans of recent issues. PDFs may be fine for office documents, but they’re just not the format for e-comics, even when they’re free.

    This is why I argued with Larry Young on Newsarama when he released Continuity as a low-grade PDF. Sure, it was nice that he did that, but if he’s really serious about giving the book away for free, there’s an existing audience of users of the .cbr/z format. And a lot of people in that audience WILL buy paper comics of books they like (unlike the music pirate communities, the comics pirate community is aware that sales are low and good work needs to be supported with cold, hard cash).

  2. Johanna Says:

    Hunh. I didn’t know that. Interesting. Personally, CBR/CBZ always seemed a bit too PC-centric for me to think of them as ideal. (I know there are Mac readers, but anytime I hear anyone talk about the format, they seem to be PC users.)

  3. Shawn Fumo Says:

    IMO, the best thing to do would be to have both formats. For the general public, most people have Acrobat, so it is an easy thing to deal with. But a zip file of jpegs is a very open format that gives you a lot of options. All else fails, you could even drag the pages into a browser one at a time if your computer was really locked down.

    Since in most cases a comic would just be sticking in image files into the pdf instead of real text, it shouldn’t be that big of a deal to convert the images to jpegs at the same time and zip them up.




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