Comic Book Fans Surf the Waves of ChangeAugust 28, 2007
Comic book readers are the harbingers of a sea change in the reading world. Often of the generations born , they’re well accustomed to reading on-screen and they’re pointing the way to a long-promised future where most book content is consumed digitally.
Comics — whether in webcomic form or in traditional print-style formats — are generally very visual, relatively light on text and short, making them ideal for computer screens in spite of any . Comic art often actually looks better on a screen than in print, given the vibrant and wider-ranging colors of modern computer displays.
The result? Comics are exploding on the Web. For example, comic titles have risen to a high perch on WOWIO’s popularity charts — and the growth shows no sign of leveling off.
Extrapolating comic readers’ digital-reading habits to the population of general book readers isn’t a huge stretch. Mainstream content is increasingly available via new Web channels driven by a variety of business models. Publishers sense the impending shift and are taking accordingly. On the demographics side, the same generational shift to digital natives seen among comic readers is occurring in the general reading population. Meanwhile, computers, dedicated readers and mobile devices are continuing their steady evolution, punctuated by energetic mutations with revolutionary . The emergence of a seems inevitable.
As these factors fall into alignment, they superpose into a surge that will lift us once and for all past the fifteenth-century technologies of paper and ink… and we’ll find ourselves in a new land already pioneered and settled by folks clutching stacks of digital comics.