Instead of spotlighting a particular new release, in keeping with the local focus of the blog, I wanted to spotlight the comic industry move to digital downloads and how you can continue to support your local comic shops.
Buy Digitally, Think Locally
The release of DC’s New 52 coincides with another major change in the comics industry… DC releasing their comics digitally day-and-date (marketing speak for “the same day”) as the print version. With the growth of digital comic services such as Comixology and Graphicly, as well as the online services offered directly by publishers DC and Marvel, there was concern that the epitaph was being written for local comic shops.
However, comic readers who want to buy digitally but still support their local comic shops have an option. Through both Comixology and DC’s digital store, you can purchase from a page set up by your local comic shop. While it’s unclear how the business model works (more importantly, how much your local shop gets when you buy through their store), it makes for a small way to continue supporting your local store.
As more shops enroll in the service, keep up with your local store’s webpage or check with them the next time you visit. Here’s a couple of local stores that currently have digital stores set up.
Top 20 “Most Pulled” Comics for the Week of Sept. 18, 2011
Presented by Comixology
- Batman #1 (DC)
- Uncanny X-Men #543 (Marvel)
- Avengers #17 (Marvel)
- Nightwing #1 (DC)
- Invincible Iron Man #508 (Marvel)
- Wonder Woman #1 (DC)
- Green Lantern Corps #1 (DC)
- X-Men: Schism #4 (Marvel)
- Captain America #3 (Marvel)
- Red Hood and the Outlaws #1 (DC)
- Supergirl #1 (DC)
- Catwoman #1 (DC)
- X-Men #18 (Marvel)
- Daredevil #4 (Marvel)
- X-Factor #225 (Marvel)
- Avengers: The Childrens Crusade #7 (Marvel)
- Invincible #83 (Image)
- Thunderbolts #163.1 (Marvel)
- Ultimate Comics X-Men #1 (Marvel)
- Birds of Prey #1 (DC)