Monday, February 23, 2009

Taking a plunge (in the digital end of the pool)

I would say taking THE plunge, but as plunges go I'm not really sure if this is THE one.

A few minutes ago I plunked my money down for a one year subscription to Marvel Digital Comics.

I have been reading a lot of the free samples in the past week or so, and trying my best not to subscribe. Keeping me from spending money I am determined to spend is really an impossible task. So for 60 bucks I get 1 year of unlimited access to the digital content that Marvel makes available online. I am skeptical, and previously I was thinking that I would probably never do this. I don't know what changed, but I started thinking of the service as being a cheaper way than even the various archive/showcase type volumes for me to get access to a bunch of good old comics and probably tons of mediocre ones, but all in color and served up in something pretty close to their original format. I mean, the walt Simonson Thor Visionaries was just rereleased at something pretty close to 30 dollars, so this seemed like a fairly economical way for me to get access to some things I missed the first time around, etc.

Almost none of the big name comics available are full runs, but I think I am ok with that. I am not sure what this will mean in terms of content here, but if I'm reading it, chances are good I will get around to talking about it.

So... Has anyone else made this leap?


Sandy said...

I have not, and I don't plan to - just too much money for me. But I'm interested to hear about what you find on there, and whether you feel like it was worth it at the end of the year.

John said...

Marvel's deal is a pretty sweet one, unless you actually worked on any of the comics they're offering. Their current business model pays zero royalties to creators, which seems unfair to me. As far as Walt Simonson is concerned, for example, you might as well download it via torrent. At least then you get to keep it.

Talkin Bout Comics said...

Hopefully that gets worked out. This is still the legal way to go. I guess one good part of what they're doing is they do show you every possible collection you can buy. I wish they were more forward thinking with regard to creator compensation for digital content.

as for cost...
60 bucks is steep for me. 5 bucks a month is decent, but the 60 bucks in one chunk was something I had to think about for a while... in my ever constant juggling act I did cancel my Netflix in order to do this, so overall it is a pretty decent net savings for me, I guess.

I plan to post a sort of ... journal of what I read this way... so it helps with content as well.