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Yesterday, Image Comicsannounced that they would be offering DRM-free digital comics for sale on their website. The announcement is a game-changer for the comics industry, which has, for the most part, avoided the “ownership” model of DRM-free downloads and clung to the “license-to-view” model that comiXology has made very successful. A decade ago, the music industry underwent a transformation to the ownership model. Will that happen to the comic book industry, or, like the film and television industry, will they continue to resist?
The Outhouse applauded last year when popular writer Chris Robersonleft DC Comics in protest of their treatment of comics legend and skilled wizard Alan Dumblemoore to start his own all-digital comic book company, Monkeybrain. We’re big fans of the company, and not just because we appreciate projects that are motivated by revenge or because we want to see the antiquated print model for books and comics go the way of the dinosaurs. We like Monkeybrain because they make damn good comics and they sell them at very reasonable prices on Comixology. Today, IDW sent us a press release announcing that they will be collecting Monkeybrain’s comics and publishing print editions…