At the beginning of 2009, DWAP Productions had already printed several books and we had several more to come but we were also starting to explore the world of digital comics. It was relatively virgin territory back then, a kind of wild west with exciting things to come from companies like Amazon, Graphicly, comiXology, Panelfly and my personal favorite: DriveThruComics. And let’s not forget some of the amazing work that many incredibly talented creators already had done and were about to do in webcomics. And so MagnificentCreatures.com was born – we wanted to see what we could do in that world and Mulele had done some prodding.
Beside our webcomic efforts, DWAP Productions started signing contracts with digital distributors – even a few of the above mentioned. Even with the zeal that we had, DWAP Productions only made it into a few of the above and most of that was because we could do it on our own – big successes for us were Amazon and DriveThruComics where we could take responsibility for our own posting and did not have to wait for the limited conversion bandwidth that came with having to change our digital files from our format to their format. Within the next few years, the choke of the money machines, the big 2 pushing to get their stuff digital has become almost unbearable and it’s a DIY market once again.
Although many of the bigger players in digital comics have essentially been bought up by the big 2, drowning out the accessibility to and for indies, webcomics is still an incredible place to find amazing creators. And that’s where you’ll still find some amazing work by people, no, creators taking it upon themselves and doing some inventive work, helping sequential art along.
All that having been said, Deconstructing Comics #223 Electronic Comics is another flashback to Dale Wilson of DWAP Productions jawing away at what he thought he knew about the comic book industry. Some of it is gem-worthy and other stuff, well, it’s not as insightful as I thought back then. Give it a listen and learn from history.