Digital or Bust: Part 4

The penultimate edition of Digital or Bust is here! You’ve been waiting with baited breath, you’re dying to know where this is going to end and who will ultimately come out on top of this little experiment. Well…you’ll still have to wait another week. I can’t just give it up that easily. You haven’t even bought me dinner yet.

Comics, digital comics to be more specific, are… wait, let’s start that over. Digital Comics! Four weeks into the experiment of which might work better for me—remember this isn’t a definitive battle to decide what comic delivery system is best in the entire world because, really, they both have merit and both work in different situations for different people—and I can see the light at the end of the tunnel. No, I’m not dying folks, I can simply start to see the end of this experiment and where it might end. I love comics, regardless of how I read them, and at the end of the day as long as I get to continue reading them that’s all that matters, right?

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“New” Hats are all the rage right now.

This week, though, I’ve noticed that while I’m still spending more because of impulse buys—like going back and buying a handful of Kyle Rayner Green Lantern issues, which totally should be .99 cents. I mean, come on DC it was, what, 20 years ago? Damn—and I still want to have more than DC/Vertigo issues ready for download at 6AM. It’s nice to be able to sit down and read all my comics without any real fuss. I’ve found that I’m actually reading my entire pull within a few days of release; there’s no ridiculous stacking of comics that I either don’t have time to get to or for whatever reason just never end up reading.

It’s easy to start at the top of “My Books” and just hit everything that’s wearing that tiny “New” hat on your way down to the bottom and, for whatever reason, which gets me through my weekly pull. Before, they would sit in an unorganized stack and I’d shuffle it around and try and order it how I felt like reading them but that would change day to day. Starting at the top and scrolling down almost forces me to just read and enjoy instead of worrying about reading a DC then a Marvel book, or an Image one or whatever. It also stops the reading from “most anticipated” to least and I just read comics, which of course, is the whole goal in the first place.

It’s hard now, and will be hard next week, to come to any sort of conclusion on this matter. I’m already anticipating this going into extra innings, so to speak, and even then I don’t know if there’s going to be a clear cut “winner”. I love my shop, I love comics, I love reading comics but I also like control of everything immediately, I like being able to just read and not worry about getting comics or wrecking them by bringing them to read at work or whatever. My iPad has been great, aside from that sudden storage issue that I had the other day, and the pages look good and the guided view stops my stupid wandering eyes from ruining some surprise on the next page.

If my head wasn’t shaved down to the wood, I’d be pulling out my hair trying to figure this out. We have one more week to go and that little “score” counter has been thrown out the window and ran over by a truck. Seriously, you should have seen it. Pieces everywhere. Nevertheless, we’re in the home stretch and there will be some sort of conclusion to all this. If you want to weigh in, drop a line in that big, fancy comment box below and I will banter and argue until I’m blurple in the face. So go out or stay in and read comics and tune in next week for the finale! Maybe. You know… unless I want to drag this out and babble some more.

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