Posted by captainsaul (140 posts) 1 year, 7 months ago

Poll: What format of comic do you prefer? (62 votes)

paper/ print comics 76%
digital 24%

With Digital codes appearing in most Marvel and DC comics and the use of comixology increasing I wondered what comic format do you prefer?

#1 Posted by Manwhohaseverything (2057 posts) - - Show Bio

Digital has it uses. I've used it to download stories that i could otherwise not afford. (Older Comics mostly) But at the end of the day, I'd rather have the copy in-hand.

#2 Posted by Betatesthighlander1 (7462 posts) - - Show Bio

Digital has it uses. I've used it to download stories that i could otherwise not afford. (Older Comics mostly) But at the end of the day, I'd rather have the copy in-hand.

pretty much this

#3 Posted by Kangaxx_54 (306 posts) - - Show Bio

I don't have an LCS, so for me it's a question of Trades vs. Digital. I do have an iPad, and it's very nice to read comics on, but on the other hand, I really like the look of the trades on my shelf. Plus, it's much easier to find and quickly grab the storyarch you want to read. So I voted for paper.

If it were singles vs. digital, I'd probably go with digital,though. The singles take too much space, get creased too easily, and it's far easier to lose an issue.

I normally buy trades, but supplement with digital comics for the stories that is either not collected in a trade or where the trade is very difficult to find/expensive.

#4 Edited by SupremeHyperion (1542 posts) - - Show Bio

Although the collector in me enjoys having the actual book in my collection, I really enjoy the simple and space saving digital copies (plus the quality is very nice)... I'm cool with either

#5 Posted by knighthood (1725 posts) - - Show Bio

Digital is great for older more expensive comics. For my current comics I prefer print with a digital code. Marvel has the right model. Especially with the AR gimmick.

#6 Posted by ccraft (5497 posts) - - Show Bio

For me its more convenient, I don't even go threw my paper collection anymore. I wish they were all digital :(

#7 Posted by JediXMan (31251 posts) - - Show Bio

I prefer to read actual books, be they novels or comics. I do, however, recognize the convenience of digital comics; I just don't own any yet.

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#8 Posted by etragedy (1103 posts) - - Show Bio

Depends on the comic. Some comics I want to have digital, some I want hardcopy.

In general I prefer the actual physical comic, and nothing beats the smell of actual newsprint - something you can't get with most of the TPBs even.

But mainly I just want to read the comic, the format is a secondary concern.

#9 Posted by Veshark (9058 posts) - - Show Bio

Paper till I die. I just can't get used to reading digital comics. I mean, I can read them fine - but I always feel like I'm missing something from the original paper. The feel of the pages in your hands, the real and intended colors, the credits and indicia and all that jazz. I know it all sounds sort of silly, but I think I'll never go digital.

#10 Posted by ArturoCalaKayVee (12269 posts) - - Show Bio

I prefer paper. Having it in hand just feels right as opposed to reading it digitally. However, I've converted to digital because buying comics weekly just takes up so much space. Digital is so much more organized, which is awesome, but it's not the same. I also use digital to buy older comics that my LCS doesn't carry, otherwise I buy the trades/Graphic Novels there.

#11 Posted by The_Tree (7879 posts) - - Show Bio

Nothing can substitute paper. @Veshark has got it down.

#12 Posted by TDK_1997 (15085 posts) - - Show Bio

Paper.The best way to read a comic book.

#13 Posted by Cap10nate (2672 posts) - - Show Bio

I prefer reading digitally. the only time I prefer having the print copy is when there are unique panel layouts like Swamp Thing or Winter Soldier that aren't conducive for digital frame by frame reading.

I like being able to snap a screenshot of a panel I like while reading.

#14 Posted by The_Lunact_And_Manic (3286 posts) - - Show Bio

@manwhohaseverything said:

Digital has it uses. I've used it to download stories that i could otherwise not afford. (Older Comics mostly) But at the end of the day, I'd rather have the copy in-hand.

#15 Edited by sagejonathan (2014 posts) - - Show Bio

Print is 1000x cooler in my opinion. I like that sense of ownership, I like going to my comic shop, I like the smell of print, and I like showing people what an actual comic book is.

#16 Posted by Kal'smahboi (3572 posts) - - Show Bio

I prefer reading trades, but I like having individual issues. I'm not against digital either, but if I'm paying anyway, why not get the issue?

#17 Posted by Catsnlynne (1054 posts) - - Show Bio

I do have some digital comics, but I much prefer paper.

#18 Posted by AllStarSuperman (22794 posts) - - Show Bio

@veshark said:

Paper till I die. I just can't get used to reading digital comics. I mean, I can read them fine - but I always feel like I'm missing something from the original paper. The feel of the pages in your hands, the real and intended colors, the credits and indicia and all that jazz. I know it all sounds sort of silly, but I think I'll never go digital.

@the_tree said:

Nothing can substitute paper. @Veshark has got it down.

@tdk_1997 said:

Paper.The best way to read a comic book.

Print is 1000x cooler in my opinion. I like that sense of ownership, I like going to my comic shop, I like the smell of print, and I like showing people what an actual comic book is.

all of these, paper is just more real. i mean if im paying i want ownership, but if its free then im fine with digital. i like actually holding it im my hands though. and to be even more picky i like single issues not trades.

#19 Posted by _Destiny_ (162 posts) - - Show Bio

I prefer print, though I admit digital is MUCH more convenient.

#20 Posted by Renchamp (2925 posts) - - Show Bio

See the article on the community page and you'll have my reason for voting physical.

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#21 Posted by Xanni15 (6758 posts) - - Show Bio

Digital stomps!

#22 Edited by Dabee (2399 posts) - - Show Bio

I just love holding them. I don't know why...

#23 Posted by kilomac29 (323 posts) - - Show Bio

Enjoy the process of collecting. Plus it sucks trying to read a comic on my Iphone screen.

#24 Posted by KnightRise (4785 posts) - - Show Bio

The New 52 series that I started buying at issue 1, I continue to buy in print. Any series I pick up later I buy digitally. I also buy older issues digitally. Digital is just so convienent...

#25 Posted by therrieur (245 posts) - - Show Bio

16:9

#26 Edited by Chronus (1115 posts) - - Show Bio

Physical copies.

#27 Posted by Rabbitearsblog (6023 posts) - - Show Bio

I rather pick my comics through paper since it's great having a collection of comics I can keep at home rather than on my computer.

#28 Edited by roboadmiral (549 posts) - - Show Bio

I prefer pages to to a screen, I like actually owning my comics, and I'm definitely not going to drop the same amount of money on a digital comic as I would a print one. If they drop price point on digitals and are willing to give me a file I can own rather than essentially leasing me the comics through a service, then I'll consider switching.

#29 Posted by bob808 (6780 posts) - - Show Bio

Paper

#30 Edited by Crom-Cruach (8901 posts) - - Show Bio

print, digital is blasphemy.

#31 Posted by Battle_Forum_Junkie (8477 posts) - - Show Bio

While digital copies are cool, I prefer having print comics. They're much more enjoyable to collect.

I like having digital copies (for my Marvel comics) of my comics so I can read them whenever I want and not have to mess around with getting out, and possibly damaging, comics I want to keep in good condition. But if I had to choose between the two, print copies win hands down.

#32 Posted by Reignmaker (2235 posts) - - Show Bio

Digital. I'd never make it to a real comic shop because the way my life is.

#33 Edited by ssejllenrad (12847 posts) - - Show Bio

Paper via curbstompslaughterhousepwnage!

#34 Edited by INFINITE_DOOM (273 posts) - - Show Bio

I love holding them smelling theme O_O print all the way!! Though the convenience of digital would let me catch up on some reading i'm pretty backed up.

#35 Posted by captainsaul (140 posts) - - Show Bio

Well I prefer digital comics. When I am out and about I do not have to carry a stack of comics neatly wrapped in bags. All the comics I want are in just one place. I also love the comic sales every Friday on comixology. For these reasons I prefer digital.

#36 Posted by RideASpaceCowboy (536 posts) - - Show Bio

Digital comics on a iPad with retina-display are superior in every respect: 1) they are visually sharper, 2) never deteriorate in quality, 3) have no creases through the middle of splash pages, 4) are infinitely more portable, 5) can never be lost, and 6) allow for new formats such as Infinite Comics.

#37 Edited by sinestro_GL (3287 posts) - - Show Bio

I myself go digital these days, as I want to avoid having to keep making space for the comics. BUT I prefer having print.

#38 Posted by AgeofHurricane (7306 posts) - - Show Bio

Living in London, a more urban part, and being that the closest CBS is somewhat of a journey, had to pick Digital.

#39 Posted by Bruxae (14008 posts) - - Show Bio

Paper all the way, unfortunally they dont sell comics here so digital is all I get.

#40 Posted by DonFelipe (1201 posts) - - Show Bio

While digital copies are cool, I prefer having print comics. They're much more enjoyable to collect.

I like having digital copies (for my Marvel comics) of my comics...

I'm exactly the opposite!

While print comics are cool, I prefer having digital copies. They're much easier to carry when moving from one place to another. However, I like having print version of my most favorite comics, too, and when there's a CBS store nearby it usually is my first stop. Unfortunately the closest one is a 2-hour flight away from where I'm living at the moment.

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#41 Posted by Crash_Recovery (850 posts) - - Show Bio

Digital's rapidly growing me.

I can now carry and read comics anywhere, which is really helping me catch up. Otherwise, I have a small stack of books at home that I can never seem to get to since I don't have them around (or wouldn't want to read them in public) when I have time to read.

#42 Edited by GundamHeavyarms (701 posts) - - Show Bio

I would say that I am 60/40 in favor of print. I buy trades because the only comic book stores in my area are 20 minute drives from here, and I dont want to burn 40 minutes worth of gas. I try to find things in digital that aren't in print. Though I can't really buy newer marvel stuff, $3.99 is too much for a single issue, and the hardcovers usually end up being about 130 pages for about $14-$16 online, or $25 in store. which for someone like me who likes to weigh out page count vs price, is still too much.

#43 Edited by guttridgeb (4832 posts) - - Show Bio

I prefer print but I'll read digital. My only real problem with digital is the fact that the collection isn't the same.