With the flood of interviews with Ron Perazza and Richard Bruning yesterday inaugurating the announcement of DC’s Zudacomics site, only one thing was missing — an interview with DC prexy Paul Levitz, and Newsarama comes through with an interview that should satisfy veteran Kremlinologists Levitz-watchers, as he warily embraces the new tehcnology.
PL: Should we have done this a year earlier? Three years earlier? Maybe. I think there is certainly not a well-developed stage or platform for the typical creator to perform on, and I don’t think there should be one platform. I don’t think we’ll supply the only one out there. The fact that there are guys that have succeeded with this is terrific, because it demonstrates that the model can work.
I certainly think that DC’s not always the first to move in the industry. We like to move when there’s a clear opportunity, and when we’re convinced we’re bringing something to the table.
One could read this as subtly distancing himself from Zuda:
PL: Well, I can’t speak directly to it, because Zuda wasn’t “my plan” from the beginning. This is an evolution from a bunch of people sitting around and saying, “There’s something going on, how do we fit with it?” There was no Moses comes down with the tablets moment in all of this. A lot of this started in discussions where we were talking about what’s going on on the web. I think community is very clearly one of the interesting things going on on the web. User-generated content is clearly one of the hallmarks of what the wise people are calling Internet 2.0 and is tied up in the emerging Internet 3.0 that they keep looking towards.
While Levitz is far from a luddite, it’s fair to say DC has been slow to embrace new technologies, as he himself admits, and while it’s thrilling to hear him name check Fred Gallagher and Scott Kurtz, there’s still this:
PL: I haven’t seen a lot of evidence yet that people want to read 20 pages of a comic book on their computer screen, so I don’t think the form of what we mostly do has yet found a home there.
I guess Levitz never read this:
Almost 100,000 people have downloaded Frank Miller’s Sin City comics.
The second most downloaded comic series from this torrent site: Lost Girls with 65,000 downloads…
Also, from the same tracker, there are several DCP torrents that have crept into the 40k range of downloads.