JUSTIFY MY HYPE
Boom Studios is putting up more of its comics as webcomics on its site.
Neil Gaiman has a writeup of the positive results of his recent free experiment putting his novel American Gods (quite good btw!) online for awhile — sales of his books at independent bookseller were up considerably. Techdirt also has a post on the wider trend of publishers trying out the free ebooks strategy. Some of this is validation for the free model of webcomics but there are also wrinkles to be learned from the experiments of text publishers. In part, I’m interested myself in seeing how publishers, as opposed to creators navigate free and for-sale.
I know there’s some hubbub about a swing and a miss cover to the New Yorker (speaking of which Reuben Bolling did a much better take on that satirical idea); forget that, the real story is the New Yorker’s interview with Chris Onstad of Achewood.
You can read comics on the iphone. In Japan, software company Celsys is pushing the iphone for reading manga.