Here’s something interesting, Brian K. Vaughan (Ex Machina and Y: The Last Man) and Marcos Martin (Amazing Spider-Man, Daredevil) have just released the first issue of their new comic series, The Private Eye. It’s available now and online only through Panel Syndicate.
Everything about this release is awesome. First, there’s the promise of a fun ongoing story about a PI in a future L.A. that no longer uses the internet. More importantly, it’s a creator-owned release, independently distributed in a variety of formats (PDF. CBR, CBZ) and you can name your own price! Even better, it really feels like it was made specifically for online distribution: the wonderful artwork is laid out in landscape format that is more conducive to a 16×9 screen. And reading with a good CBR browser (like CDisplay) means no clumsy interface and navigation between you and the artwork.
This is exactly the sort of product I would love to see more of, especially from such top-drawer contributors. Online comic reader stores and platforms are useful for the occasional fix, but usually charge full retail price for crippling DRM and silly restricted usage on their own servers. Check it out and support independent distribution, so we receive more of this goodness!