talking about the future
Submitted by dave_roman on February 8, 2009 - 20:34
My panel at ICV2 was so early in the morning I thought I'd be completely incoherent. But I guess some people thought I made sense.
A panel discussion between Ira Rubenstein, executive vice president of Marvelâ€™s Global Digital Media Group, Dave Roman, cartoonist and associate editor of Nickelodeon Magazine, and Stuart Levy, chief executive officer of Tokyopop.
Roman: Most people I know and that Iâ€™ve talked to donâ€™t read books more than once. There is that collector mentality, but thatâ€™s a very niche comic book mentality that has to do with rarity and collectibility that will not exist digitally. The idea of a rare digital file may never really happen. So the idea of convincing somebody to pay for a book when so much reading online is freeâ€¦thatâ€™s the reason newspapers are dying, because a newspaper would want to charge for their content â€“ for like an editorial or something â€“ but some blogger can do it for free, and for the most part people donâ€™t care.
Rubenstein: But Dave, I think thereâ€™s a difference. No one can write about Spider-Man or X-Men except for us.
Roman: I disagree.
Rubenstein: Those are our characters. How could someone else write another Spider-Man story?
Roman: Because fan fiction is becoming so powerful. Iâ€™ve seen the power of fan fiction. Working at Nickelodeon, there are people out there doing â€˜Avatarâ€™ comics that are soooooo much betterâ€¦
Rubenstein: But thatâ€™s like saying YouTube is a real entertainment channel. Itâ€™s not.
Roman/Levy/like five people in the audience: It is.
Roman: I do think the future is more with the multi-platform things. Kids today are growing up with these devices so the learning curve is not there as it is in older fans. A lot of older comic book readers seem to have a tough time with web comics because itâ€™s not what theyâ€™re used to. Thereâ€™s this divide with reading in print and reading on screen, but with the younger kids you find more and more that they donâ€™t have that problem. "