It seems like everything is going digital, nowadays.
From music and video games to novels and textbooks, there’s very little that we can’t download to our electronics at a moment’s notice. Given how tech-savvy some of us “geeky” folks are, it’s not surprising that one form of media taking the leap into the digital age is the good old-fashioned comic book.
There once was a time when reading comic books was as normal as checking your email.
In the 1930’s and beyond, there was hardly a kid in America who didn’t follow the adventures of a superhero, often to the dismay of serious-minded adults. This was the era when characters like Batman, Superman, and Captain America became permanently ingrained in popular culture. Comics have changed a lot over the last several decades, becoming more serious, thoughtfully written, and artistically valuable than the campy cartoons of the Golden Age, but their fans are as passionate as ever, even if they aren’t as numerous.
Not everyone reads comic books, but there are more of us than you’d think.
There are actually thousands of nerds around the world who still follow the adventures of the same heroes Stan Lee and his cohorts dreamed up over half a century ago. Yes, there could be a comic book fan near you right now! (HINT: this blogger reads a few. Just a few…) One thing that has made it difficult for many modern fans to read comics has been the dwindling number of comic book stores. This is, of course, where digital comics come in. Digital comics not only give fans faster and easier access to their favorite books, they also give people who have never read a comic before a convenient way to give it a try!
The popularity of superhero movies has gotten more people interested in comics.
If you saw The Dark Knight Rises over the summer and wondered what else Bane gets up to, or if you saw The Avengers and wanted to know who the purple smiling guy after the credits was, comic books will give you all the answers you seek, as well as more action from your favorite heroes while you wait for the sequels. Both Marvel and DC sell digital comics right on their websites but, if you want all of your comics in one place at one time, I recommend ComiXology. Founded in 2007, the website boasts over 75 million downloads to date and contains just about every comic you could dream of, and a few you couldn’t. The best part is, once you have an account, you only have to buy the comic once and you can read it on any device you own, as many times as you want!
I’ll always be partial to my shiny, paper comics…but when it comes to convenience and durability, digital comics are definitely pretty super.
Do you read comic books? Do you want to? How do you feel about digital comics?