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Comic Tags Partners With Scout Comics To Make Digital Comics Collectible

We live in a world of digital entertainment. Movies, music, video games and more are not only widely available for digital download or on streaming platforms, but they are also the preferred method of consumption, making entertainment worlds accessible with just a few clicks or swipes. When it comes to comics, however, the digital revolution has been a bit slower to take hold. While fans can go online every day of the new comic and get their weekly readings digitally, the comic book experience is as much about collecting as it is reading – something that has left digital comic book sales to only a small percentage of overall industry-wide sales. Now a new product aims to change that with a new way to collect comics.

Comic Tags is a new product launched in partnership with Scout Comics and Entertainment as a way to both distribute and collect digital comics, addressing some of the biggest issues comic book collectors and publishers face. in terms of digital comics. Think of them as a hybrid of comics and trading cards combining the experience and convenience of digital comics with collectible trading cards to offer the best of both worlds. Comic Tags are limited edition collectible cards that have a unique code that allows collectors to download a PDF copy of the graphic novel featured on the card. Cards are attached to hanging brackets that open and close like a mini comic, with the holders showcasing interiors straight from the comic. It gives customers a preview of what they get with the digital PDF as well as a physical piece of art that they can collect with this collector card. The comic book labels even come packaged in their own bags for a real comic book buying and collecting experience, just in miniature. Even the physical purchase of the cards has captured the comic book shopping experience, with comic book stores and retailers having the option of using comic book displays that are reminiscent of roller racks.

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For James Haick III, founder and president of Comic Tags as well as partner of Scout Comics, the idea for Comic Tags came, in part, from the love of the comic book collection and the problems of space and storage that ‘she can present.

“As a long-time collector, I have dozens of comic book boxes in my garage that are difficult to access and difficult to handle,” Haick said. “I can’t easily read the comics that I have collected. Digital comics should solve this problem, but I never liked digital comics because I couldn’t touch or smell them – so I never felt like “collecting” anything. “

“I’ve always felt that digital comic book sales weren’t close to where they should be,” said Don Handfield, partner and board member of Scout Comics. “Digital comics should be to comic book publishers what CDs were to music labels or DVDs to movie studios. But digital comic book sales represent less than 8-9% of overall industry sales. I think it’s because collectors want something. they can touch and smell. Collectors want to collect.

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Launched today, comic book labels have a retail price of $ 6.99 each, a price that, to collectors, is a fraction of the typical price of print and digital paperbacks, which typically ranges between $ 14. , $ 99 and $ 29.99 each. The first wave of release features some of Scout Comics’ most popular series to date, including The shopping center, White ash, Master of the mind, Stability Rabbit, He eats what feeds him, Ghost gutt, Solar eruption, and Source. More titles to come, as are more publishers with comic book labels tailored to each publisher’s library with custom variations, holographic chase cards, foil, and limited edition metal cards, and even unique and artist-signed limited editions variant covers, just like the traditional comic book collecting experience.

“The collectible card market is a multi-billion dollar international business. Comics too. By combining these two collector favorites, we not only offer collectors a new way to collect and read their favorite titles, but also a new source of income for both publishers and retailers, ”said Haick. “We are currently in discussions with other publishers and hope to have more partnerships with Comic Tag publishers to be announced very soon.”

You can check the comic book labels for yourself on their website here.