Longbox Digital Comics

Longbox LogoAt Heroes Con this past weekend, Rantz Hoseley, who was the editor behind the popular Tori Amos inspired works within the Comic Book Tatttoo anthology, premiered Longbox. It’s nothing new exactly, as digital subscription services for comics have been around for a while now. However, there appears to be some genuine buzz about this software and just what it means. There’s an interesting interview with Hoseley up at comicbookresources now. BOOM! Studios and Top Cow are the first to sign up and individual issues can be bought for as low as 99c. Think of it as iTunes for sequential art. Hoseley has the right idea, and seems to know what he’s doing;

If there’s not the ability to have a very similar experience to what they would have going into a comic shop, then immediately it’s an inferior experience, not only in terms just purchasing comics whether print or digital, but also an inferior experience to other forms of digital retail like iTunes and downloadable content on WiiWare or X-Box Live. The idea of a secure, controlled distribution system that allows mass amount of content to come through in ways that modern consumers expect in terms of digital content, I think that’s a huge, huge part of it.

Read the rest of the interview here. The software has been in development for about three years and is expected to launch in September or October of this year.

Longbox Reader

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