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Longbox Graveyard Podcast: Digital Comics And The Illusion Of Ownership

Get ready for a vintage Longbox Graveyard harangue!

what do we really own?

The digital comics world has changed a bit since I recorded this rant, but my feelings about consumerism and acquisition are as firm as they’ve ever been. It’s never too late to fight the power, baby!

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About Paul O'Connor

Revelations and retro-reviews from a world where it is always 1978, published once a month or so at www.longboxgraveyard.com!

Posted on March 13, 2014, in Podcasts and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. I know I have only listened to a couple of your podcasts and they were a couple of the old ones, and as much as I like the actual content – I do have a some (hopefully constructive) criticism – I think you include a little too much introductory meta stuff before getting to the main content. I am not sure if it is necessary to give a long list of the week-by-week plans of the blog (esp. when there is a chance people will be listening long after those things are already posted). I would suggest highlighting one special upcoming thing and then directing your listeners to a “Coming Soon” page.

    Anyway, that aside – I do really appreciate hearing your thoughts on digital comics (which I am not a big fan of – esp. since I don’t own a tablet of any kind – plus I spend so much time in front of a computer already, I like sitting in my favorite chair and flipping through that old newsprint. I do not mind webcomics as they are designed for the web – but print comics don’t translate well.

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  2. You are entirely correct about that block of programming info at the head of each episode — these podcasts (now suspended) date from an era when I was trying to leverage the podcast and this blog against each other to build readership. I very much viewed the podcast as an adjunct to Longbox Graveyard, and programmed it accordingly.

    One of the reasons I gave up the podcast was that I found relatively little cross-over between podcast and blog, and as I found I could only handle one at a time, I elected to stay with the blog. Spotlighting legacy episodes of the podcast here at LBG is an experiment to see if there’s any continuing life in them — based on my Thursday traffic (when I’ve been promoting my podcast archive) I think the answer is “no,” but I’ll play it out and continue promoting one podcast a week until I get through the twelfth episode sometime in May.

    On the digital side, I have if anything become even more bullish on digital comics since recording this rant. Marvel’s Digital Unlimited service took a major leap in usability when they began native support of iPad — they still have a long way to go, but they’ve knocked down nearly every disincentive that previously existed to consuming comics in digital form. An update to my review of their service is long overdue!

    Thanks for reading, listening, AND posting, Osvaldo — you are a true triple-threat!

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