Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Coming Soon: Online Comic Archives

Update: http://marvel.com/digitalcomics/ is still slammed. Perhaps one of the reasons is that it's using MySQL for the database? Seriously, Marvel. MySQL? Don't you have enough money to pay for MSSQL or Oracle? Don't you think you're going to need it?

I just read this CNN article today and it's pretty exciting and finally targets my demographic of comic fan, but not comic fanboy. All I want to do is be able to read all of the issues of a comic without having to own them and it seems that will soon be possible...and legal.
The publisher is hoping fans will be intrigued enough about the origins of those characters to shell out $9.99 a month, or $4.99 monthly with a year-long commitment. For that price, they'll be able to poke through, say, the first 100 issues of Stan Lee's 1963 creation "Amazing Spider-Man" at their leisure, along with more recent titles like "House of M" and "Young Avengers." Comics can be viewed in several different formats, including frame-by-frame navigation.
Though most comic fans are collectors, some simply want to catch up on the backstory of their favorite characters and would no longer have to pay top dollar to do so.
And of course, now that this news has been posted, Marvel's site is down (by kooshmoose traffic, no doubt).

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