- Posted by Johanna on March 2, 2013 at 9:07 pm
- Category: Digital and Webcomics
ComiXology announced the “first ever digital convention exclusive“, an online comic starring Atomic Robo. Everyone with a badge will get a redemption code to download Atomic Robo: Along Came a Tyrantula.
Giving convention attendees a free comic is a long-held tactic to get more attention for a property and give ticket buyers the feeling that they’re getting something extra for their admission cost. Digital makes it a lot easier to do so. Nothing wrong with that. And if ComiXology gets some more subscribers, that’s good for them.
The quibble I do have is calling it an “exclusive”. Exclusive means something you have that other people don’t, usually (in comics) due to a limited print run. If there’s only 250 copies of something made, that’s all there is, there ain’t no more. When it comes to digital, there is no such limitation, and I think it’s somewhat stupid to try and retrofit that concept to digital works. Usually, the word is used in an attempt to artificially inflate sales or drive demand. Why would we want that harmful behavior translated into the online comic market, where scarcity doesn’t need to exist?
In this case, it’s not even true. The issue can be bought by anyone as of next Wednesday.