Are we living in the Jetsons or a Cormac McCarthy novel? Will the iPad take us to a world where readers pay for content…or is it yet another false prophet leading the way to a bleak wasteland with poor 3G coverage?
To no one’s surprise, reaction pieces seem to be the main subject of the internet today. Specifically:
• Kiel Phegley caught up with a lot of comics folks.
CBR News reached out to many players from across the downloadable comics sphere for early reactions to the news of the iPad and found many responses as to what the next step for publishers and content providers will be. Although one thing was generally agreed upon, fans can expect everyone to get into the mobile comics business after today.
• Vaneta Rogers has a similar piece.
• Rich Johnston started out with some quick Twitter reactions including the sensible:
Bryan O’Malley: not reading the iNternet, iBusy drawing Scott iPilgrim
but followed up today with yet more industry reactions and think pieces. Of those quoted, we like NPR’s Glen Weldon’s take at whether iPad will really save comics AND the whale
But ever since the tablet rumors started, members of the comic book cognescenti have been eager to dismiss those advances as half-measures. Take Chicago Sun-Times reporter Andy Ihnatko, who has become something of a one-man-band on the subject of the Apple Tablet’s rumored potential; the tune he’s been singing to the comics blogosphere sounds an awful lot like, “The Apple Tablet Will Save Comics (Radio Edit).”
And then there’s…the name, which Jezebel summarizes in That Time Of The Month: The Internet’s Best Period-Related iPad Jokes. After watching the all-male presentation video and reading all the comics industry reaction pieces which quote men exclusively, it’s easy to see why this giggle-inducing name was chosen — it’s highly doubtful that a woman of child-bearing age ever came anywhere near the marketing plan.
If anything, it backs up our “nerds fear women and envision the world without them” theory — given the marketing we’ve seen, Apple obviously considers women a market that doesn’t even need to be marketed to.
Bonus: • Marc-Oliver Frisch looks back to his fie years ago predictions:
It’s a wild-eyed, faintly obnoxious and ultimately baseless speculation on what the North American comics market will look like in 2014, and since we’re about halfway there now, I thought it’d be fun to check back what the Future looked like to me November 19, 2004.
Our overall takeaway? Digital comics are the future. BIG SHOCKER. The iPad — which lacks Flash and multitasking and is still tied to the horrid AT&T — is obviously just a step in that direction, a direction that at long last everyone in the publishing world is embracing.