Elliott Serrano, for Redeye
9:25 PM CDT, October 9, 2013
When it comes to comic books, there is a lot of debate as to how to get them to sell as well as they did back in the late 80's and early 90's. Many say that the downturn occured when comic books went from selling in local convenience and grocery stores, to just comic shops (called the "direct market"). The market has since changed with the introduction of e-readers like the Kindle, Nook, and iPad. Comics are now available on these devices with apps like Comixology providing access to digital versions of countless titles from most every publisher. The catch to it is that the books are kept in cloud-based storage and you are unable to share them.
Well, that all appears to be changing with the introduction of the new Aerbook reader which will offer comic books in several formats. And the new platform is debuting with the return of an "old school" independent comic book! Check out the following press release for the details:
Strazewski and Fricke Bring Back “Terror Tots”
In 1996, Len Strazewski (“Justice Society of America,” “Prime”) and Paul Fricke (“Trollords”) began a new series called Terror Tots. With the comics market entering a downturn, their tale of warrior monks reincarnated as suburban toddlers lasted one issue, with both Strazewski and Fricke leaving the world of monthly comics.
17 years later, Terror Tots is back and in color for the first time. The Tots’ initial battle against the also reincarnated Black Lama, The Monk and The Yak is available in digital formats through Aerbook Retail (http://aerbook.com/books/Terror_Tots-3498.html) and will soon be available in print.
To celebrate the return of the Tots, the first 50 customers purchasing a digital copy will receive a free print edition with a variant cover.
"The Tots are all about how there's more going on in a kid's world than their parents are sometimes aware,” says artist Paul Fricke. “That's something all kids can relate to. There aren't enough comics out there for younger readers, and this upgraded color Tots volume gives us a chance to connect with a new audience while doing what we love most - make comics."
"It's great to see my work with Paul Fricke back in distribution,” says Terror Tots author Len Strazewski. “The Terror Tots were a load of fun to create and Paul and I have lots more tales to tell, like our next one when the Tots face off with Dr. Kleever and the Mushroom Kids."
Aerbook Retail offers digital reading in several formats: Cloud Reader for browser-based reading; KF8 downloads for the Kindle Fire; and ePub downloads for iBooks, Kobo and Google Play. Aerbook Retail’s downloads are DRM-free and let the user own their files.
"It's exciting to be part of the newest step in the evolution of comics distribution,” explains Strazewski. “So many great comics stories never had the opportunity to reach their broadest audience because of the economic burden of publication. Now the market will be magnified beyond belief."
Aerbook’s platform of retail as a service allows creators to distribute previews of their work through social media links and sell their products without leaving the social apps. Through a strategic partnership with Ingram, Aerbook is poised to roll out a color Print On Demand service to compliment digital book offerings and insert the print books into the wholesale bookstore world, as well as direct to consumer, all while empowering the creator to be their own publisher and own their audience.
I've yet to see what reading a comic with Aerbook is like, but if it gives me the opportunity to store and share my books, I'm anxious to see what it's like!
Are you a fan of reading comics on your tablet or mobile device? Or do you prefer holding real comic books in your hands, turning actual paper pages with your fingers?
And now that you've heard about it, are you a creator who would consider releasing your comic book on the Aerbook platform?
Let me know in the comment section or hit me up on Twitter!
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