- Posted by Johanna on June 28, 2007 at 7:37 am
- Category: LinkBlogging
I don’t want to pick on Brian Wood here, because I know his attitude is understandably shared by many comic creators, but he gave this wonderful summation quote:
I went off to see how readily available my own work was, and was quite appalled that I could get an entire decade’s worth of my work in a single torrent – literally every page, and that’s money out of my pocket, Steve Rolston’s, Becky Cloonan’s, Rob G’s, Brett Weldele’s, Ryan Kelly’s, Kristian Donaldson’s, as well as the publisher’s.
I’m pointing this out because it makes a logical leap that may not be justified (and one may not naturally occur to creators, who wouldn’t like to face the implications): Someone who’s willing to read certain comics for free may not be willing to pay for them.
I’ve read plenty of stuff because it’s there that I would not shell out my own money for. If some kind of magical crackdown prevented those comics being available for free, then a significant part of the audience wouldn’t start spending money on them; instead, they’d move on to other free entertainment online.
However, not to be a negative nelly… All those readers may not be ready to put money in your pocket, but some might be. Wood goes on to make the most sensible choice, wishing for a legal alternative to be available. You can’t stop online comic reading at this point; best to give the users a reasonable choice with an easy-to-use system at a convenient price. After all, iTunes is reportedly now the third largest music retailer (not just online, but total), after Walmart and Best Buy.