- Posted by Johanna on September 21, 2006 at 4:12 pm
- Category: Digital and Webcomics
DriveThruComics has launched a comic download service, aiming to be the “iTunes of comics”.
Most comics are available in PDF for $1.99 an issue, including titles from About Comics, AK, Archaia Studios Press, NBM, Heroic Publishing, Kenzer & Company, Marvel Comics’ Dabel Brothers (DBPro) imprint, and many smaller studios and publishers. Antarctic and Markosia are said to be coming soon. They promise
Each comic or graphic novel is exactly as you’d find it in print. In addition, each title on DriveThruComics.com is tailored for computer screen viewing–the perfect mix of “zoomable” high-resolution without a staggeringly huge filesize.
I wonder if that includes ads? Graphic novels are around 30% off, which in my opinion, isn’t enough of a discount to make up for not having something for my shelf. I’m also not thrilled about reading a longer work onscreen.
I admire their initiative, though. The company representative posted at Newsarama that
We’re in various stages of the negotiation process with probably 90% of the publishers that were represented at San Diego Comic Con this year (in addition to many who weren’t there). Obviously some are going to be longer processes than others–but we haven’t yet been turned down by the big guns. There’s obviously a big clamor for digital content on demand from Tokyopop, DC, Marvel, Darkhorse, and Image—and we won’t rest till we get it for you!
It’ll be interesting to see if that happens.