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Thursday, March 18, 2010

The Death of Print

There is always debate swirling around the ability of physical print products to survive in an burgeoning electronic world and that debate has been ongoing for a long time. Ned and I have been in this business so long that we no longer even flinch when we hear the latest expert proclaim the death of print and Comic Books and predict that they will be supplanted by electronic readers Real Soon. I'm so old I will probably never switch to electronic readers exclusively and if comic books go away, well, I have plenty of them around here to keep me company. I suspect that comics (and books and newspapers and magazines) will always be around, at least for the next several decades.

With that in mind, I really enjoyed this short video... watch it all the way through:

There you go.

See also: Movies killed radio, television killed movies, VHS tapes killed television, the Internet killed home recording, etc., etc., etc.

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At 3/18/2010 6:47 PM, Blogger Kevin said...

I plan to run out and pay $500 for an iPad so I can download a $3.95 comic. We will no longer have to argue about condition. Hmmm, any idea what it would cost to slab one of those electronic readers?

At 3/19/2010 12:55 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

that clip was evil! reminds me of zeppelins "Stairway to Heaven" played backwards. Truly, the devils work!

Mr. MuTcHo

ps Can I get that with a side of toasted cheese?

At 3/19/2010 8:33 AM, Blogger Bill at Comix Connection said...

You could have ALL your comics on your Ipad, but meh. I'm a collector/accumulator-type so I like having piles of stuff around me. Who knows about the new generation though.

(Oh and most webcomics give me the hives, but that's just me. As a corollary, most "independent/autobiographical" comics also give me the hives. I like well-made autobiographical comics i.e. Robert Crumb's stuff, but a 20-something's angst-ridden webcomic about hanging out with other angst-ridden 20-somethings at a coffee shop and complaining about your boring middle-class lives makes me want to take up arms. YMMV)

At 3/19/2010 9:53 AM, Blogger Chad said...

I am with you, Bill. I love to collect, and you know that by how much crap I carry out of your store each week. Heck, I have stacks of the very comic book variants that I bag and board for you each week. That video is awesome. I felt a sharp pain in my head at the end of it and had to get a kleenex to catch the blood dripping from my nostril. It blew my mind!

At 3/19/2010 12:24 PM, Blogger Joe said...

Oh how technology has changed the game for creative works ever since the tech companies invited themselves to the recording industry, film industry, and publishing industry party years ago and there's no going back now. Rejoice! A generation of cheapskates has been born! Why make informed personal decisions about the media you want and are willing to pay for when you can just download all of it you want for free! Why worry about a quality manufactured product, when you can have a file! I admit a record or a DVD or a comic book are just bits of vinyl, plastic, or paper, but I'll stick with enjoying and collecting the physical, tangible forms of the creative works I love and hold dear. I'd also like to think at the end of the day my hard earned money supported a creative individual or group, helped a small label sign new artists, a film maker find the funds for a picture, or a film restoration company recoup the costs of their endeavours and be able to fund future projects that preserve the history of cinema. I also don't think a day off for me is going to be as fun shopping for a book, CD, or DVD when the day comes when there's no physical products and no retail venues left to purchase them. As one involved in retail behind the counter day in and day out, I value the connection I have to our customers, and that's something that just doesn't exist in the digital world. I'd miss out on the enjoyment in talking to a hundred plus people in a week if our brick and mortar operation was replaced in a all electronic print world. So I think consumers need to make every consideration in how they acquire products as consumers, because the future of the landscape for products and the retailing of those products will be based on the decisions you make today.

I could go on and on, but I'll end this personal rant now.

At 3/20/2010 6:04 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well said Joe.
For those who think electronic publishing is going to kill the book market, think again. When computers were really starting to hit the consumer market in the 80's we were told that paper and printing were soon to done because of the reliability of the computer. There is more paperwork now then ever before.
In reality, how would you like your entire collection of digital comics disappear in an electronic burp? Anyone ever hear of EMP's , viruses, or solar flares? Paper is here to stay.

At 3/20/2010 9:30 AM, Blogger phatmogera said...

I've never been asked to frame a digital file, so I'll stick with print.

At 3/21/2010 9:48 AM, Blogger Lexi said...

I think that the people who want to shy away from the world will take in all of their media via the internet and downloading...but I don't think that's fair for the rest of us! I also don't think that the majority will let physical copies die so easily. I know that I don't have much money to spend, but I spend what little I have on physical copies...There is just no way I want to download something and have it like that.

At 3/22/2010 10:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

chew on this...go to your locate fye (what the heck does "fye" stand for???) and buy the latest and greatest new movie release on laser disc, betamax or vhs tape or soon standard dvd (don't get me started on music!)...I personally can not invest in another say what you will...they will make you dance to their tune soon enuff, monkeyboy! quit bitchin' and enjoy what you got...or not.

Mr. Fugolo

At 3/23/2010 8:40 AM, Blogger Bill at Comix Connection said...

I thought THIS was pretty good.


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