Digital comics

In the age of digital comics, we are all comic book fans

With the Age of Ultron A box office-ripping Marvel movie, it’s easy to forget that the comics weren’t always easy to get to or well-regarded. Modern comics have come a long way. Gone are the days when it was considered an anomaly to see someone reading a comic in the subway, in a park or in a cafe. But comics (including graphic novels and manga) certainly haven’t stagnated as a result. They are diversifying, both in content and in audience, and tackling topics that would have been unthinkable a few years ago. In some ways, you have technology to thank, because what’s increasingly noticeable is how people read comics.

Comics are increasingly what you read on your phone or tablet

The truth is, comics are increasingly what you read on your phone or tablet and store in the cloud. Of course, many comic book fans still read print versions, but the digital world is booming. To understand the relationship between print and digital, we spoke with a comic book theory guru Scott McCloudComixology founders John Roberts and David Steinberger, and creative director and webcomic creator of Symbolia Joyce Rice.

And in case you haven’t noticed: Top Shelf is back! This episode is the first in a four-part series that will explore how technology is changing our lives. We can’t wait to show you what we have in store.