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Is the i-pad heralding a new age for digital comics?

June 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterGavino

yes.

June 25, 2010 | Registered CommenterDenis-Jose Francois

OK, so that was a bit of a lame answer. Let me elaborate.

I think the iPad (and any other similar device that comes out) does herald a new age... for what used to be printed media. Specifically, it's the form factor. for some reason it's just not comfortable reading comics on a regular computer screen. It doesn't seem to matter how big it is or how comfortable the chair. In fact, by comparison to most computer monitors, the iPad screen is tiny... but it's just the right size and shape for a comic.

I think one of the important things about comics is being able to see the entire page at once. Most good comics are written and drawn with this in mind, not just on a panel to panel basis.

The iPad does this better than any device so far and, because of it's portability, you can sit in an armchair or lie flat on your back and *read*.

Try that with a desktop or even a laptop!

Saying all that tho, I still prefer paper. Don't completely know why... I just do. I think I read things faster on a computer screen, get distracted and end up not concentrating and missing stuff completely.

July 16, 2010 | Registered CommenterDenis-Jose Francois

Nothing will replace the book. It might not be as popular or on trend but there is something very intimate with getting ingrossed in a story, holding the book in your hand, sniffing the glue (optional) and turning the pages.

July 28, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterGinger

I completely agree.

I've started to notice people giving me funny looks when I pull out a book on a train carriage full of people staring mindlessly at their phones.

for a while back there I thought the free newspaper revolution had got everybody back into reading, but now I realise that they are just looking at the pictures, mostly because the content is awful.

Perhaps the solution is free books or comics.

July 28, 2010 | Registered CommenterDenis-Jose Francois