At his WonderCon panel this past weekend, Mark Waid spoke at length about digital comics, webcomics, selling his comic book collection, and much more. Of particular relevance to us here, of course, are his intentions to open new avenues for the design, functionality and overall approach to digital comics and webcomics. As part of the ramp-up to what he intends to do, he’s offering a free digital comic at his site, MarkWaid.com, right now. It’s a zombie tale called Luther, it’s free, and he encourages you to check it out, spread it around, and consider its method of delivery.
Past that, Waid is encouraging readers to return to his site on Monday, April 2nd “to see what else I have in mind for the future of webcomics and find out how you can participate. This is big.”
Frankly, when he says this is big, I’m given to believe him. Waid is a thoughtful guy with plenty to say about the creation, writing and production of comics. He’s never been shy to put himself out there in terms of his opinions, and he’s not afraid to address what he sees as problems (or even injustices) in the industry. If he’s putting this much time, effort, and, let’s face it, financial commitment, into a project like this, then you know he has intentions that are broad and likely important.
Speaking as a webcomic creator, I plan to pay very close attention to what he has to say. I hope that you do, too.