The iPad app and online store operate somewhat differently, but prices are the same on both platforms: $1.99 for most comics, with a few first issues offered for free or for 99 cents, and a few comics, featuring more content, available at higher price points. The online store also allows readers to buy bundles of comics — a six-issue story arc of “B.P.R.D.,” for example — at a discounted rate over the price of the individual issues. Parkinson told CBR News that at this point, the feature is not available on the iPad app because the iTunes store has no way to bundle purchases.
I don’t understand this. Why can’t they add a separate iTunes Connect item for a “digital trade” that combines the issues into one file? That would solve the problem. Users could buy the singles in-app, or you could buy the digital trade in-app. I wonder if this was dropped so they could get the app out on time. Or rather, several months late.
Right now, the cheapest iPad costs $499. If you wanted to go the route that I had and get the 32GB iPad, you’ll be spending $599 to complete your digital comic dreams.
I use my iPad for comics about 90% of the time. That 10% I refresh my Twitter app looking for things to troll @JonesyLovesBeer about.
If you’re anything like me, you want to have access to your comic collection in the palm of your hand(s). I want to be able to carry around thousands of comics with me at all times thanks to the glory of the cloud - ready to download on my tablet. I don’t care how you shake it: being able to download comics whenever you want is an amazing thing. The first time I downloaded The Walking Dead at 1am while still laying in bed blew my mind.
This is something that will make comics accessible for folks that don’t have access to a local shop. Unfortunately, paying nearly $600 for a device that will complete your tablet comic buying dreams ain’t so hot.
The Kindle Fire has the potential to find new comic fans more than the iPad has, or will.
I don’t speak in hyperbole much, outside of my Bagley Scale of Bad Comics Art™ but I’m being srrous.
Anyone that says they’d love to get into digital comics, but doesn’t like to read on their laptop or phone, and doesn’t want to buy an iPad - take a look at the Kindle Fire. Just do it.
$199 gets you access to the entire comiXology library of comic books - which is over 16000 comics at this point, bro. I’ve read a few comics on the Kindle Fire myself and for whatever reason, it feels like colors are more vibrant than on iPad. Personally, I still prefer my own iPad 2 for reading.
For someone waiting to jump onto the digital ship, though, you’d be a fool not to throw down $200 bucks on the Kindle Fire. Reading aficionados will adore this thing.
What about that 8GB HDD? Surely you can’t hold many comics on that, right?
You can hold plenty, but guess what? Who cares if you can’t store them all? Embrace the future. Adore the cloud. You now have the ability to have “longbox in the cloud” with comiXology. Store what you need on the device, and put the rest back in the longbox for download in the future.
These days I generally only store my favorites on my iPad, and download new stuff for reading that week or next. Planetary, FELL, and Logan are my usual mainstays on there. Luther Strode, Batman, Invincible, The Walking Dead, and others are on there any given day, but then go go back into cloud storage.
The Kindle Fire could be comic’s secret weapon to find new readers.
And that ain’t not bad in my book.
For many years, I’ve held off doing a Skype podcast because I felt it wasn’t worth the effort.
The audio-quality usually is junk. If you have more than two hosts it can be very difficult with timing and knowing when to speak. There are so many Skype podcasts out there that just sound absurdly bad. You probably already listen to them. Like, two dudes use their iPhone earbuds, plug them into their Mac, record in Garageband and then post it to iTunes. Who wants that? On what planet is that acceptable? Get out of here with that.
With Paperkeg taking a break due to scheduling being nigh impossible, we wanted to goof around a bit in our off time. I’d be moving to another state, there would be more kids in our families, and we’d have no time to shedule a locally recorded show.
Turns out you don’t need to be Dan Benjamin to do a high quality Skype podcast.
How can this be done you say? Well, I’ll tell you. I won’t go into ways where you can make it sound moderately better, I’ll tell you how to do it if you want it to sound like The Flap and Paperkeg. There may be easier ways of doing things, but this is the way we do things.
It will cost you between $50-$120 to get into the game. Fair warning. And yes, I know there are USB microphones out there around the same price as what I’m going to describe for you. I just didn’t go that route. This route allows you to also do a local show if you need to down the line.
First of all, I don’t use Skype. Skype is dogshit. We use Google Hangout.
Every host has his own mixer at his place, a microphone, headphones, and his Mac. There you go, that’s pretty much it for one person. Total cost if you already have headphones and a computer, around $75-120.
I mentioned that we use Google Hangout to chat, but we do NOT record that audio. I repeat, we do NOT record Google Hangout audio. We record the audio that we get locally on our own mixers sitting next to us.
My XLR microphone goes into my Behringer mixer. My mixer’s Main Output is a Behringer USB Sound Card which is plugged into my Mac’s USB port. I record that audio using Garageband which is set to record the USB input. I turn on Monitoring in Garageband so I can hear myself. Google Hangout’s Audio In is set to my USB Sound Card. And finally, my headphones are just plugged into my Macbook as usual.
If you sound confused about that or think what I’ve described is too hard, maybe you shouldn’t be podcasting.
Dale’s set-up is just like what I’ve described. Everyone records their own audio at their own computer. Once we’re done, we upload other’s Garageband-exported audio. We jiggle them around in a Garageband project and make sure everyone is sync’d up. Snip out the beginning and end, and we have a show.
Now, it can be very difficult to get the hang of NOT talking over each other. Google Hangout is beneficial for this as you can see each other if you have a web-cam. (Most Macs have this installed.)
I had one goal in writing this: less shitty sounding podcasts. It’s very easy to just sit in front of your Mac, using your external microphone, record you and your buddy yapping about something and call it a day. But why not put some effort into it? Why not WANT to have the show sound like it was recorded locally on good equipment?
I’m really proud of Paperkeg and feel slighted when others put out an inferior product and don’t bother to try to make it something more.
Be arrogant in thinking you can do it better, bro.
– with love, @slim.
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Thanks for the kind words!
It’s very easy to create your own podcast. And it’s also very simple to make it sounds pretty smooth as well. We take great pride in what we put out and get stoked when folks feel the same enthusiasm we do.
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