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Posted by DeathClown04 (2 posts) 9 months, 8 days ago

Poll: I would like to hear from some actual comic fans. Which do you prefer, old school paper comics or digital copies? (108 votes)

Paper! 67%
Digital! 18%
Meh, a comic is a comic. 12%
#1 Posted by MonsterStomp (15274 posts) - - Show Bio

Paper. I love the smell of brand new books.

#2 Posted by ArturoCalaKayVee (10913 posts) - - Show Bio

Paper, any day of the week. The one thing digital comics is good for is its extreme convenience, which in retrospect is a huge factor. It's easy, accessible, VERY organized, and you can bring unlimited comics around with you in the form of a tablet, phone, or computer. But when it really comes down to it; it's the touch, smell, natural art, and feeling that makes print comics a win for me.

#3 Posted by Crom-Cruach (8729 posts) - - Show Bio

Paper all the way.

#4 Edited by Wolverine08 (38103 posts) - - Show Bio

Paper all day every day.

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#5 Posted by JetiiMitra (8080 posts) - - Show Bio

Paper without a doubt. I usually buy digital, but only for convenience. If I want a trade, I go for the real, tangible thing. And that goes for novels as well. Digital just doesn't have the same feelings associated with it.

#6 Posted by Yokergeist (12355 posts) - - Show Bio

Paper is a lot better.

#7 Posted by JakeN7 (10005 posts) - - Show Bio

Paper, but storage is annoying

#8 Posted by DeathClown04 (2 posts) - - Show Bio

Sounds like we have quite a few old school collectors in the house!

#9 Posted by WIshIWasSuperman (1338 posts) - - Show Bio

If I'm genuinely collecting - paper for sure. However if it's just so I can read it - I honestly don't care - maybe prefer digital due to being able to read it anywhere, anytime.

#10 Posted by judasnixon (6100 posts) - - Show Bio

Digital...... Just the fact that I will never have to deal with a pull list again is worth it. My comics never sell out. If I want to drop a book I just don't buy it. If I want to read a book that's been out for a while I just buy it, no more hunting it down. No more long boxes. I can get my comics with out even getting out of bed........

#11 Posted by MatteoPG (1877 posts) - - Show Bio

Depends. Actually, really beautiful stories I like to have on paper. I just like the medium more. But if I had to have the storage space for every comic book I read just for the sake of continuity I would go out of my mind. Also, I would have the obligation to buy it because if you don't have a pull list you may arrive too late to the store.

In digital form, comics never sell out and they don't get more pricey with time. Also, I am from Italy, and DC and Marvel stuff here isn't as well managed as in the US. We don't have some books, some other books are pushed together in double sized magazines... it's a mess.

So, paper for immortal stories, digital for throwaway everyday books.

#12 Posted by batkevin74 (10369 posts) - - Show Bio

I am running out of room but comics, tangible paper based things I can hold.

#13 Posted by Smallville2106 (92 posts) - - Show Bio

Paper definitely for me

#14 Edited by jumpstart55 (2263 posts) - - Show Bio

Paper easily!

The smell the texture it just triggers something magical.

#15 Edited by Discopirate (34 posts) - - Show Bio

Paper for me all the way. I see the appeal of digital comics, and further down the line I may change my mind. However, paying the same price to access a digital comic that I don't even own doesn't sit well with me.

#16 Edited by turel_hash_ak_gik (350 posts) - - Show Bio

meh. both are ok. so it comes down to storage. so burned dvds win.

#17 Edited by War Killer (19865 posts) - - Show Bio

For years I've been a straight paper comic kinda guy and never cared for digital comics, but recently I began trying digital comics and I've gotta say that I love it. Being able to buy my comics and read them all in the click of a button just makes it easier and more enjoyable. Really, when it comes down to it, I'd recommend trying digital comics out if you never have before.

That said, while I enjoy buying my comics digitally, I still enjoy buying my comics in hard/paperback trades as well.

#18 Posted by ccraft (5015 posts) - - Show Bio

Digital is 100x better than paper, once I switched from paper to digital I sold most of my paper so I could get them digitally.

People need to switch already, if the only reason you haven't switched to digital cause of the smell of paper lol, you might as well just switch.

Hey, when your waist deep in comic books just remember you could have switched to digital!

#19 Posted by War Killer (19865 posts) - - Show Bio

@ccraft said:
Hey, when your waist deep in comic books just remember you could have switched to digital!

I hear you there. I've got tubs-full of paper comics that if I had bought digitally would have saved me so much space in my house. xD

#20 Edited by dondave (33466 posts) - - Show Bio

Digital

#21 Posted by IrishX (2267 posts) - - Show Bio

@ccraft: I prefer to actually own the things I buy. I will actually be able to leave my collection to my children where you can provide them with... a link to a site I guess. I'd also rather not have to zoom in or constantly have to move the "comic" around to be able to read it.

#22 Posted by ccraft (5015 posts) - - Show Bio

@war_killer: Man, since I started digital I have gotten more comics and gotten them cheaper than I did with paper. I have approximately 310 digital comics, if they weren't digital I would have boxes everywhere in my room...

#23 Posted by Killemall (18173 posts) - - Show Bio

I am among few who prefer digital comics, paper based gets torn, damaged, have to carry around everywhere i go.

Digital is just easily accessible.

Specially with the more modern Infinity Comics, digital are much fun to read and you get the thing in a much bigger size then a normal comics, a4 size image in paper based vs HD quality digital version.

#24 Posted by ccraft (5015 posts) - - Show Bio

@irishx:

I wouldn't want my kids to inherent thousands of paper comic books, I mean what if they just sell them for cash or put them into storage because it's too much to keep around. Even though your not suppose to give people you comixlogy account I can see that changing in a few years, it could be just like Netflix, with a 3 or 4 person limit. Even though you don't own those movies you still get to watch them, right so why does it matter?

Your really complaining about the zoom in toggle!!! That thing prevents spoilers dude... I use that thing every time I read a comic.

#25 Posted by TheTrueBarryAllen (4019 posts) - - Show Bio

Paper :3

I like displaying what I have, makes my room 'Pop' and stand out.

#26 Edited by IrishX (2267 posts) - - Show Bio

@ccraft: Yes, Zooming in is extremely annoying. Prevents spoilers?! From the "comic" you are in the middle of reading?! Ha ha ha.

That would be a good thing if they sell them for cash (how is that a bad thing?). Putting 'em into storage and saving them for their own kids to possibly make money is also not a bad thing. Again, you will leave nothing.... because you don't actually own anything.

#27 Posted by Squares (4682 posts) - - Show Bio

I'll take whatever I can get, but I like both for different reasons. Paper comics are nice in that you own an actual physical copy of the comic that you can share with people. Digital comics are nice because you can take screencaps and share awesome pictures.

#28 Posted by ccraft (5015 posts) - - Show Bio

@irishx: Yeah it kinda does prevent you from seeing spoilers, have you ever read a comic and accidentally glanced on the next page?

That's nice, never knew a comic reader wouldn't care if someone sold their comic collection, but if they bend that corner they'll go crazy! lol

I "own" an account on comixology which makes easy access to my comic collection, and my comics will never get ruined. My kids, in the future, ever want to read comics would be able to do so with a few clicks on a device. It doesn't matter to me if I don't own the comics per sa, I still get to read them.

I don't know if it's just me but reading paper was a pain in the ass, from putting them into the comic protectors and taking them out. Pages kept sticking together, or the comic shop runs out of your comic.

#29 Posted by Cold4NoReason (9 posts) - - Show Bio

I prefer paper. I do collect the digital but only so I have means to go back and read the story in a more reasonable fashion. Since digital copies are weird in the rights of who "owns" the issue I obtain mine in other ways.

#30 Posted by impossibilly (883 posts) - - Show Bio

Digital...... Just the fact that I will never have to deal with a pull list again is worth it. My comics never sell out. If I want to drop a book I just don't buy it. If I want to read a book that's been out for a while I just buy it, no more hunting it down. No more long boxes. I can get my comics with out even getting out of bed........

I was going to write a reply stating my point of view, but @judasnixon already wrote what I was thinking perfectly. I agree with this 100%.

Also, the colors pop on the iPad much more than do on paper. The blacks are blacker and the other colors have more depth to them.

#31 Edited by Xwraith (14587 posts) - - Show Bio

I've tried digital comics several times, but it never felt right.

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#32 Posted by WIshIWasSuperman (1338 posts) - - Show Bio

@irishx said:

@ccraft: I prefer to actually own the things I buy. I will actually be able to leave my collection to my children where you can provide them with... a link to a site I guess. I'd also rather not have to zoom in or constantly have to move the "comic" around to be able to read it.

If you use Comixology and their apps - those aren't problems.They use a built in "reader" that progresses the story in an easily readable way . I understand your other point but just regarding the zoom thing you mentioned - it's not really like that.

#33 Posted by War Killer (19865 posts) - - Show Bio

@ccraft said:

@war_killer: Man, since I started digital I have gotten more comics and gotten them cheaper than I did with paper. I have approximately 310 digital comics, if they weren't digital I would have boxes everywhere in my room...

My closet is full of comics, but I just recently bought a boat-load of New 52 comics for like half the price of what they are as a paper comic. What's even better is that I have complete access to them from any computer. It's very convenient.

#34 Posted by WIshIWasSuperman (1338 posts) - - Show Bio

Paper for me all the way. I see the appeal of digital comics, and further down the line I may change my mind. However, paying the same price to access a digital comic that I don't even own doesn't sit well with me.

I think the price thing is dependent on where you are. I'm from Australia and for me to buy a physical comic it'll cost me over $6 locally at least - sometimes a lot more. I can buy it digitally for $3.99 USD however (if it's a brand new main title issue), and depending on exchange rates, it might be less than that, so usually around about the same price - so for me it's cheaper.

#35 Edited by CTG (228 posts) - - Show Bio

By default, I go with digital. Just the fact that I can have 80-90% of my collection with me wherever I go is a huge plus. Additionally, I don't have to deal with long lines and storage. However, since I'm predominantly a Marvel reader and most of their paper versions include a bonus digital code (even trades), I'll buy the paper and redeem the code.

It also helps that I work a block away from Midtown Comics in NYC - so it's not a huge deal to hit the shop. Just stop in before work, pick up my copies and redeem the codes whenever I get a chance. If I had to go out of my way for paper versions, I probably wouldn't bother.

#36 Posted by CTG (228 posts) - - Show Bio

That said, while I enjoy buying my comics digitally, I still enjoy buying my comics in hard/paperback trades as well.

Though I prefer digital, I do love hardcover trades.

#37 Edited by SupremeHyperion (1523 posts) - - Show Bio

Honestly though I enjoy both.... I prefer the paper book, due to my need and love for collecting, but If I can't make it to the comic shop or want to read on the fly I'll get the digital version (and if it's of my liking I'll pay again for the paper copy)

#38 Posted by SHAZAM117 (2494 posts) - - Show Bio

Paper! While i can totally understand the reasoning behind digital, nothing imo is better than having a physical copy of your favorite book by your favorite artist/writer for your collection

#39 Posted by Catsnlynne (981 posts) - - Show Bio

I do have some digital ones, but I prefer paper.

#40 Edited by Omnicrono (1573 posts) - - Show Bio

Mainly for the nostalgia factor, I still prefer reading paper if I can and I have a lot of free time... which is rare these days.

For all-around convenience, I easily prefer digital now.

Other than that, a comic is a comic is a comic.

#41 Posted by jwalser3 (4796 posts) - - Show Bio

Both. It's nice having it actually in your hands. It's also a great feeling going through a long box and picking out the comic yourself. While digital is just convenient, and the sales!

#42 Posted by AllStarSuperman (19517 posts) - - Show Bio

Paper. I love the smell of brand new books.

Paper! While i can totally understand the reasoning behind digital, nothing imo is better than having a physical copy of your favorite book by your favorite artist/writer for your collection

Paper easily!

The smell the texture it just triggers something magical.

#43 Edited by Fallschirmjager (14715 posts) - - Show Bio

I really don't prefer my comics one way or the other. I read and enjoy them all the same.

I buy most comics digitally though, its too convenient.

#44 Posted by RulerOfThisUniverse (5942 posts) - - Show Bio

Digital. Cheaper, brighter, with no risk of messing with the condition or losing it.

#45 Posted by Final Arrow (24359 posts) - - Show Bio

I like both, for my collection it's paper, for general reading it's digital. It just means that when I am on the train or heading to work, I can just jump on the ipad and read whatever I want, yeah sure i have doubles this way, but nothing will replace going into a comic shop and getting those comics you need to finish your collection or run.

#46 Posted by InnerVenom123 (29499 posts) - - Show Bio

A comic is a comic. I pretty much switched over to digital out of convenience though.

#47 Posted by Immortal777 (6686 posts) - - Show Bio

Digital for me. I travel way to damn much so it's easier to move around, keep track of and buy since a comic shop isn't everywhere I go.

#48 Posted by MrMiyagii (28 posts) - - Show Bio

Prefer paper because it seems more like a collection but can see a lot of benefits to digital comics.

#49 Posted by Battle_Forum_Junkie (7476 posts) - - Show Bio

@deathclown04 What do you mean "actual comic fans fans"? Do you not consider yourself one?

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#50 Edited by Bruxae (12204 posts) - - Show Bio

Paper, ofcourse.