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Episode 88 | And Then Mary Magdalene Couldn’t Even

This week’s episode was recorded on October 9th, 2016.

Tia and Brian join Mike this week to talk comics, and then ramble on a bit about how they pick their comic books reading formats (digital, floppies, collected editions, etc.).

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  • 00:00:00 – Start/Last Week in Comics
  • 00:23:43 – Comic Picks
  • 00:29:59 – [ad] Mobilescape Adventures Kickstarter
  • 00:31:35 – Choosing Book Formats
  • 00:55:09 – Credits
  • 00:57:07 – And Then Mary Magdalene Couldn’t Even

Comic Reads/Picks for this week

  • Green Valley #1
  • The Black Monday Murders #2-3
  • Reborn #1
  • Doctors by Dash Shaw
  • Shipwreck #1
  • The Belfry
  • Darth Vader #25
  • Monstress #7
  • Southern Cross #8
  • Raven #1
  • Champions #1
  • Death of X #1
  • Death of X #2
  • Black Widow #7
  • Raven #2

Relevant Links/Information

This week’s music was by GRiZ and Infinity Shred.

This week’s episode was produced by Mike Rapin and edited by Zander Riggs.

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  1. Roger Rabb Roger Rabb

    I was very interested in your discussion about reading in different formats, especially the digital comics discussion. As a comics reader from way back, about 1970, I did several decades of floppies (which have now all been sold or otherwise disposed of), a decade or so of bookshelf format (all gone but three omnibuses), and have been digital only through ComiXology since 2012.
    In your discussion of digital, I was struck by how much the experience and impressions of the format must vary depending on the equipment you’re using. My first two months or so on ComiXology I was reading on a 3.5 inch iPhone using guided view. Doable, but very straining. Then I had a standard 9.7 inch iPad for over three years and that was very enjoyable. Without zooming in, pages were a bit smaller than a standard floppy size, and with a quick zoom they were about the same size and required only a small amount of scrolling on each page. For the last year, I’ve had a 12.9 inch iPad Pro and comics on this are glorious. Without any zooming in portrait mode the digital page is basically the same size as a floppy page. With one quick tap, a zoom gets me a page that is bigger than a standard omnibus with only a small amount of scrolling required to read the whole page. I also have an iMac with a high-resolution screen that can display large, beautiful, sharp pages if I want to read something on my desktop, but because the tablet is a more comfortable reading experience, I only use the iMac for taking quick peeks at books for reference purposes and such.
    My long winded point here is that, unlike with the paper formats where the experience is generally consistent from reader to reader, I can see that with digital the experience varies quite a bit. I can’t imagine trying to do all of my reading on a phone or small tablet, although perhaps someone with younger eyes would have no problem with that. But if you can afford a good tablet with a large screen, which I realize not everyone can do, going 100% digital is easy and offers a great reading experience.
    Moreover, while I’ve never done the math, I’m pretty sure that even if I factor in the cost of the tablet, I’m spending less money. Digital sales and price drops are prime buying opportunities, and once I buy an issue, I never need to buy it again in a different format. Plus, no need to drive to get books and no need to address storage or shelving issues. This pleases my minimalist spirit, although I recognize that not everyone would feel the same.
    Finally, the digital storefront changes the way I approach buying. Nothing goes out of stock. I can buy books monthly to stay reasonably current, or I can wait and buy an entire run when it’s finished or grab that older run that I love or never got around to reading. For new books that I really love, I like to buy monthly, but I can stockpile issues and read an arc at a time if I want.
    Just my 2¢. Or is that $4.99 now?

    • mike mike

      Rob, thanks for your response to our episode!

      I’m right there with you about the ease of reading on digital. I’m a fan of reading a book half on my desktop then switching to a tablet to finish a book. It’s so simple. Making the switch when I moved was almost too easy.

      Have you tried reading in Guided View for any of your books on comixology? It’s probably not necessary on large screens like an iMac or an iPad Pro (WHICH IS GLORIOUS FOR READING COMICS IF YOU ASK ME), but on a phone or small tablet (I have an iPad mini), it’s fantastic (especially when you use the “show page on entry” feature to take the page in and then continue in guided view).

      And the storage/availability thing is by far the best part of digital–and if you need a backup, Image and a bunch of other publishers offer that through comixology. I don’t think I would be able to keep up and/or discover as many books as I do without digital.

      Thanks again for replying!

      • Roger Rabb Roger Rabb

        Back in 2012, before I got my first iPad, I read all of Y: The Last Man on my iPhone in Guided View. Looking back, I’m not sure how I made it through. I’ll have to go back and read it again some day on the iPad.

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