Interviews with Comicbook Pirates

iFanboy hat ein ziemlich interessantes Interview mit einem Comic-Scanner. Ist der erste Teil einer Interview-Serie, ich habe mir das Blog grade in den Reader gepackt und wenn die Serie vollständig ist, mach' ich nochmal was dazu.

How do you respond to critics who say scanning hurts the industry and the people who work in it?

Going around to different shops and talking to different collectors really made me feel like it only hurts the industry when the industry is hurting itself. One store regular lamented that comics come out every month because they come out every month. Not every month does a writer feel like they have a great story to tell. Instead, they have a deadline. When people feel that way, I think scanning does have an impact. Yet, even as a scanner I was also a collector. I read almost everything I could and often went to buy copies of books I read online because I decided I wanted to own a copy. Like anything else, I feel it can have pros and cons.

I also wanted to read my comics on my computer, laptop, ereader, phone, etc… Now that the companies are moving that way, I’m buying a lot of digital books legitimately and downloading less.

What kind of interactions have you had with creators, either at conventions or online? Have you ever discussed scanning with a writer or artist?
I have discussed the concept with a few creators at conventions, sure. Most of them seemed either unconcerned or ambivalent. A few were militant anti-piracy, but they were also higher up the ladder in the company and wore hats outside of creative. A few actually reached out to the scanner community and thanked us for sharing their work with more eyes. One company president said that piracy added to print sales. But of course, another said every download was a dollar stolen, so you have to take everything in stride.