Hey, That’s My Cape! – Dreaming in Digital [Comics]

There comes a time in every comic reader’s life when you stop and look at the amount of boxes piling up around you. Long boxes, that is. I’m not a collector of comics per se but I’m not a disposer of comics either. Some titles I keep because I know I want the chance to read them again in the future, but for the most part? The thought of throwing away hundreds upon thousands of dollars of product makes me want to cry.

I’ve gone through my boxes a few times in the past, weeded out what I definitely didn’t want and donated them. I’m a charitable person but giving away my entire collection? Even with a tax credit it still makes my bank account scream at me. But am I going to take the time to sell them and make back a portion of what I spent? I don’t see that happening either. It would be a full-time job. So what’s there to do to ensure this doesn’t become a growing problem? I know, it pains me to say it too. Digital comics.

Find out how my first foray into digital comics went in the most recent Hey, That’s My Cape! at Newsarama.

9 Responses to “Hey, That’s My Cape! – Dreaming in Digital [Comics]”

  1. Sorry, can't help you there, I wasn't the one who took the screencap.

  2. todo-mahem says:

    Hey, can I have a link to the page where you screen printed? Some of those comics look really interesting from the cover photo's but I can't read the names. XD

  3. Keefers says:

    I would gladly go all digital. I ran out of room to store long ago. My problem is price. I get a standard DC comic for 1.62 through my comic subscription. I'm not going to pay 2.99 for the same comic in digital.

  4. Anonymous says:


    I am still not convinced on the digital comics front. Like on the digital book and magazine subscription front, digital comics are overpriced for what they are and what you are getting. Without the printing costs – and other costs associated with a hard copy product – essentially the manufacturer is selling the same file over and over again. It is just hard to justify spending the money on something you can't hold on to. The other big drawback I have (and I admit I haven't researched this enough to see if I was missing a section when I made purchases) is that you don't own the product. When I first bought digital comics I was expecting a download of a file that I would be able to open anywhere anytime. What I found was that I had to use the program to 'access' the comic. It doesn't feel like ownership that way. What happens if the company collaspses? Where do I go to get the product I paid for? I am basically paying someone to let me read their comic book collection and they can take their books and go home whenever they want without leaving me anything to show for it.

    Jimsham (for some reason the aol openid wasn't working for me)

  5. Kent says:

    Yeah, Sea Monkeys are the best. Only the X-Ray Specs can compare.

  6. I still buy print but I have been leaning more and more on digital. My reasons are mostly because of my youngest son. He tears through my books so digital is more economical for me.

  7. BDS says:

    I know that probably before I die, at least I hope I live long enough, the actual printed book or comicbook will be gone. I have a bunch of books and they have cost. I reread my comics. I also just have a love of holding something in my hands that is filled with some kind of texture. I get a bit stopped up because of allergies, but the smell of an older comic, something about it just reminds me of people and places and my love of reading. The sad thing about digital is that some of my favorite sci fi/paranormal/fantasy authors are writing stories and novellas just for ebook machines. That is where I guess I will benefit is from all the novels I have, still I love seeing them on shelves.

    Oh, I like the profile pic you have on Google+.

  8. My niece got Sea Monkeys for Christmas this past year. True story.

  9. Kent says:

    I've tried digital comics and they're too clean for me—I was weened on newsprint and sea monkey ads in the 70s. I prefer my tanned, Kirby Fantastic Four issues to the digital product.

    Free digital comics have turned me onto things I wouldn't have considered, but I tend to still buy issues. I've just become more discriminating. Being picky is less fun, but it's a whole lot cheaper. And it saves time later when separating the wheat from the chaff.

    Although I suppose contemporary comics, especially with new coloring techniques and prestige formats, are more flattering on digital devices . . .