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Happy Happy July July!

Just checking in to say hi if anyone's out there.... Hope you had a great 4th of July weekend in the United States and elsewhere.  We should have some new stuff up here at ComixTalk tonight or tomorrow so check back.

For now I just want to flag this interesting article on a new flexible screen e-doohickey -- the Readius -- from a company called Polymer Vision.  Basically too expensive, too limited (no colors, no graphics) but this is where e-paper stuff has to go - the lightweight and flexible, non-destructo nature of it -- if it's going to catch on in a big way.  And if it does -- this would be an amazing way to read comics.

 

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Ligeia is a very cool comic strip for cell,I read this and I think is a really interesting experience.

Comic for cell is a new market...good more comics! comics never die!

 

hmmmm,but is a comic strip,no comic magazine or comic book.

 

 

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Speaking of comics on small displays, "LIGEIA-When Zombies Attack" is a comic intended for cell phones.  It was posted today at comicspace.com.

Hmmmm.  It looks interesting as a story, yet without panels (plural) on a page it looks too much like a motion picture storyboard for me to call it a comic.

The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort but where he stands at times of challenge and discovery. -- Martin Luther King, Jr.---------CyberLord

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Once this is brought to the consumer level (it's much too expensive and, if you'll pardon the pun, inflexible) this is what people will buy.  They can then buy the guts of what they need for other items.  For instance, a digital watch might include only the time keeping function and leave the display to something like this.  Your phone may work the same way.  If these displays then catch on comic creators can start to rely on them for a consistent display format, assuming we don't get a format war.

And that is the big problem I see.  Format wars.  If we get too many differing formats and display options it could kill the opportunity.  I can see Sony trying to force their proprietary and too expensive memory stick format on consumers when there are superior and less expensive options available.  Software is another area where differing standards could kill this before it takes flight.

Despite my pessimesm this is very exciting news.  Sound and limited animation may be only a decade or so away from the grasp of comics creators.  If that happens I guess we'll have to revisit the whole idea of defining comics again as they will closely resemble television and movies.

On an unrelated note; movies had better watch out.  I have a large screen television with surround sound at home.  I went to see "Hancock" at a matinee this weekend.  It cost me $14.50 for two tickets and another $17.00 for a large tub of popcorn and two medium sodas.  That's a lot of money in this day of $4.50 per gallon gasoline.  It's bad for the theaters, but it may be an opportunity for comics.  :)

The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort but where he stands at times of challenge and discovery. -- Martin Luther King, Jr.---------CyberLord

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Its awesome that they are applying the flexable OLCD(?) stuff. Been wondering about the different applications it would have.

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Yeah, happy 4th of July...

...as a Brit I have to admit that I'm a little jealous y'all get a day off when I don't.

E-paper... it's getting there, slowly.