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Thursday, March 19, 2009


In theory, I really think this whole PSP for reading comics idea's really neat. (Honestly, I didn't even know you could do that with things like Kindle or iPhones either. I'm out of touch.)

In practice though, am I the only one who thinks the whole one-panel at a time thing sounds like it'd drive me crazy? I mean, seriously. I can't even handle books on tape because they talk so damn slow compared to how long it takes to actually read the book. One panel at a time would be like that dripping water torture!

But it's still a neat idea.


  • At March 19, 2009 9:08 AM, Blogger Nick said…

    How damn fast do you read a book? lol.

    Listen to something narrated by Neil Gaiman, it'll change your views on audiobooks.

    I will agree with you on the one panel at a time issue however. A lot of my friends who can't afford comics anymore, download them and read them that way. I tried it, and after a couple comics I said screw it. When I want to read a comic I don't wanna have to work for it, I just wanna turn a page and read it. Till technology can find a better way to provide comic content to the masses it's but a nice notion for now. Trade is king now while singles die a lonely death. Course with rising prices on every issue and more ads versus actual content, maybe the single deserves to die.

    Sorry for the long rant.

  • At March 19, 2009 10:08 AM, Blogger Sea-of-Green said…

    I've had a PSP for a couple of years now, and I love it. However, I also have some misgivings about the comic book idea.

    Mr. Sea and I do have the all of the issues of Spider-Man (up to 2007) on a DVD-ROM. It's a neat thing to have, but we hardly ever look at the thing because, quite frankly, pulling up an entire page and reading it onscreen is really not a very reader-friendly way to view comics. It works for Kindle, but that's only because the Kindle is set up TO accommodate full pages.

    I'm not sure the the PSP panel-at-a-time approach is something most ARTISTS will like, but it's been proven via marketing that viewing comic STRIPS a panel-at-a-time onscreen IS more reader-friendly than trying to view an entire strip. Don't know how that approach will work for an entire (much longer) comic book, though. I guess we'll find out.

  • At March 19, 2009 10:54 AM, Blogger kalinara said…

    Nick: I appreciate good narration, don't get me wrong. But speech just can't keep up with text, since it's inherently limited to one word at a time.

    If I'm not familiar with the original book, it might work a bit better, but if I'm at all familiar with it, I'd just be endlessly chomping at the bit for them to get to the next part already. :-)

  • At March 19, 2009 11:44 AM, Blogger SallyP said…

    I would think that showing a single panel at a time would definetly take you out of the flow and rythm of the comic page. You would certainly miss out on all of those layouts, where there are a progression of silent reactions, not to mention that "beat" between the panels.

  • At March 19, 2009 3:22 PM, Blogger The one letter wonder said…

    I agree one panel at a time does seem tedious. I have been curious about comics on the kindle but, then I heard the kindle doesn't have color and lost interest (that's the same reason I don't buy the essentials/showcase books).Personally, I still think nothing beats the floppy regular comics.

  • At March 21, 2009 10:25 PM, Blogger Flidget Jerome said…

    You'd basically have to write the comic for the PSP for that one-panel-at-a-time thing to really work, otherwise it's going to play havok with the page-flow.

    Also, those things have a ridiculously low battery life for a portable device. I've had one for over a year and I don't even use it to play games because I got tired of having to constantly charge it.


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