Steve Bryant & Digital Debates W Salazar, Simpson & Esquivel & Baker

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On this edition , a conversation with Athena Voltaire’s Steve Bryant, who talks about his kickstarter drive to raise funds for his next comic epic “athena Voltaire and The Volcano Godess. You’ll find a trailer for the comic  and information here.

Brion Salazar of Around Comics gives us his POV of the I-Pad and digital comics.

Then a respectful debate with Jeffery Simpson,  tech writer from as we revisit  his article about digital comics and the perceived fears of their encroachment on the fragile local comic shop market

And The Illegitimate sons Of John Siuntres confront their Daddy.

Eric Esquivel & Dave Baker Of Modern Mythology Press talk about the ruckus we caused on twitter and Bleeding Cool all about our fake relationship.

9 responses to “Steve Bryant & Digital Debates W Salazar, Simpson & Esquivel & Baker

  1. Great to see the interview up, I’ll definitely listen to it even though I have a voice for print and not radio.

    As an update since the interview is pre-iPad I’d like to add a few things:

    – the iPad far exceeds my expectations as a comic reader. I thought it was going to be as good as paper comics, but I actually believe it’s better. That’s my own opinion though, and it’s not so significantly better as to be unarguable.

    – $1.99 may be the wrong price for non-recent single issues. I think digital trades could be priced around $9.99, but I’m not re-buying Astonishing X-Men just to have it digitally when I’ve bought it in issues, in trade and then in deluxe hard cover. Same with Stan and Jack’s original FF run. Yes I’d love to have it, but $1.99 just seems to be too high to be a no-thought instant purchase, especially if you’re needing to buy 6+ for a complete story.

    Having said that $1.99 or even $2.99 day and date comics would ensure that I’m buying issues monthly on the iPad.

    – I was right about Marvel doing something big, and it’s interesting to see the Marvel application (built by Comixology) getting so much mainstream media attention. I do think it might be a lost opportunity not offering current comics on it. My brother used to be as big into comics as I am, and he’s downloaded all the free Marvel comics offered and would pay if recent issues of something like Cable (which he was brought into comics on in the ’90s) and Fraction’s Uncanny X-Men were on it.

    But I think capitalizing on the media interest in the iPad as a comics reader is still possible.

    – The iPad isn’t a silver bullet or a game changer, at least if the comic publishers don’t let it be. It’s also not for everyone, yet. However my first generation iPod was more expensive than my iPad and people thought I was crazy to buy something that I could have used a $75 CDWalkman for.

    Five years in the future, or ten as you guessed John, I think iPads and other tablets will be far more ubiquitous and cheaper.

    It was an honour to be on the show, which as I’ve said before I love.

  2. Another thing different about comics to some of the other media – lots of those have geographic rights carve-ups. This does not happen in comics, so isn’t a problem there.

    However, if they are worried about the market with all the comic shops – that is the USA – then why don’t they sell straightforwardly digital versions everywhere else? (As opposed to must buy an expensive piece of hardware to get it, like the ipad.)

    E.g. to Brazil, China, India, Europe, Japan, or wherever. Places like this won’t have comic shops the same way that they do in Australia – and as far as I know American companies won’t be too concerned about those, don’t count those numbers in their sales reports etc. Australians (and New Zealanders) also pretty much pay more than anyone else in the world for media, so services like these will be attractive (some places have $8.00 X-Men comics). The comic shop I used to go to is gone, in a similar manner to what is happening there. Can easily do experiments here and compare to sales in those areas.

    They could do the reverse of the georestrictions that they use normally – don’t let Americans buy, but let everyone else. Of course people always hate georestrictions…

    There’s a lot more people in all these places added up that are likely to be interested.

    Not just price of paper – price of transport is going up, too. The US Post Office is not able to manage sea mail anymore for example, which is interesting with struggling airlines.

  3. You know the original spider-man cartoon? With the big band jazz theme song?

    Essentially a motion comic.

  4. Yep So was The Marvel Super Hero ones from the samwe 60’s era.

    • I thought Marvel might have been trying to maintain a sort of legacy there with both the Spider-Characters in motion comics. Was Spider-Man Marvel’s first foray into a TV animated series?

  5. Personally, I don’t see myself buying much comics digitally until they are released the same day as hard copies would be. And even then I’d rather spend the extar buck to have it in my hands. I can deifintely see myself doing a two-pronged thing. Buying some physical and some digital. Like the stuff I love I get hard copies and the stuff I’m interested in but don’t find great, save money on those by buying digital.

    I don’t know…

  6. Hi John,
    Eric Ratcliff heard you interview Phil Hester in Boston over the weekend and said you fellows said some nice things about my work on the old Now Green Hornet series. So wanted to stop by and say thanks.

  7. John, I don’t disagree with you for the most part. The only thing I think you’re missing is the fact that for a 48 year old reader (like myself), the iPad might be a no-brainer. But for the really younger non-affluent readers, reading comics online or on a device is still a dream. Having worked in a comic shop, I’ve seen quite a few customers that only have enough discretionary income for 2 or 3 comics a week. Not the kind of income for an iPad, wi-fi connection (not everyone is near a hotspot) and the like.

    I do think that creators that can’t sell the numbers that allow them a place in the Diamond catalog will benefit from this new technology. And as an older reader, I look forward to not having to deal with a long-box for storage. I do feel sad that many comic stores will fade. I don’t think that store owners should “get over it” and deal. You may not have meant it to sound harsh, but it kinda did.

    I love your show and I’m happy to see you’ve teamed up with iFanboy! Long live Word Balloons!

    PS – did you hear that Diamond is considering releasing comics on Tuesday (the same day new music is released)? Maybe this is gateway to simultaneous release dates and letting the stores down easy.

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