Speaking of things that K—B—– hath wrought, in the same post on Fleen that talks about Strong Females, Tyrrell also talks about the print/web divide:
After the rapprochement between the web and mainstream wings of comicdom at this year’s Reuben Awards, it is a little unusual to not have seen that conversation continuing in the weeks since. Then again, I meet somebody new, it takes a while for the conversation (without booze) to get to be spontaneous. I’m guessing this is a bit of inertia until everybody figures out who everybody else is online and continues that conversation. Hoping so, anyway.
There is indeed a fantastic divide between the print and webcomic worlds. As the record-shattering number of comments on my webcomics post shows, webcomics are perhaps the fastest growing and most engaged segment of the comics reading world — it’s just that those of us trained in print and BookScan don’t have a metric for talking about this.
In an earlier post, Tyrrell offers up the results of a recent survey about webcomics readers:
There were 441 completely-answered surveys
91% of respondents do (or would) read digital comics
45% have already purchased digital comics, 27% may do so, 19% never will
The genres most likely to be read digitally are
The least-appealing aspects of digital comics are
Not actually owning the comic
Lack of physicality
File format incompatibility
Need to repurchase if file gets damaged
In all the talk of day and date, and getting traditional comics onto tablets, it’s been abundantly clear for quite a while that the real revolution in comics readership is already here.
Art from Cleopatra in Spaaace! by Mike Maihack.
Heidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she worked for Disney, DC Comics, Fox and Publishers Weekly. She can be heard regularly on the More To Come Podcast. She likes coffee, cats and noble struggle.