- Posted by Johanna on February 16, 2009 at 9:00 am
- Category: Digital and Webcomics
Silent Devil put out a four-issue series called Dracula vs. King Arthur. The high concept, which does have appeal, is right there in the title. At their site, you can order the four issues for $1.50 each ($6 total) or buy a collected edition on sale for $10.
That’s why I was surprised to see, in a press release about how the story has been put online, the claim that all the print editions are, well, out of print. Perhaps they should update their website?
That claim may be why they’re chopping the material up into 8 weekly chapters, available online from Eagle One Media at $1.99 each. So, $16 for what you used to sell for $6, and without the costs of paper? That seems a little greedy, chums. Here’s a telling PR quote:
“Our story is one of the most pirated indie comics ever made. This led us to believe there was a market for a web version of the book. Eagle One Media gives readers a chance to get the definitive version of the title in a legitimate format, with series artist Chris Moreno providing additional, never before seen cover artwork.”
So you *know* that there are copies for free online, and instead of giving people a reasonably priced legitimate source, you want to force them to jump through additional hoops by returning every week in order to buy new chapters? (Only one and two are available now.) Not to mention that the “definitive” version of the story, in my opinion, would be one collected edition, not chopped bits’n'pieces.
And while I’m criticizing, I also recommend designing covers that don’t look like mud at small resolutions. I can’t tell what I’m supposed to be seeing on that collected edition cover I’ve posted, although I think one of the swoops is a vampire cape.