Brian K. Vaughan and Marcos Martin Start Name-Your-Price Comic Publisher
Brian K. Vaughan is one of my favorite writers. He wrote Y The Last Man, Pride of Baghdad, Ex Machina, and he created my favorite superhero team, the Runaways. Marcos Martin is a pretty good artist, too. I got into Spider-Man when he was still doing art for it and it was pretty good. Now these two people have joined forces to release comics. And the best part? You pick the price.
This week, Vaughan and Martin started Panel Syndicate, a new digital publisher they started to get digital comics into the hands of readers around the world. Readers will be able to pay whatever they want for the comics released on Panel Syndicate. They recommend $0.99, but you can get the comics for free if you want. All of the comics are DRM-free and come as CBR, CBZ, or PDF files.
The Private Eye was the first story released through the publisher. According to the site…
It’s a detective story set in 2076, when everyone in the United States has a secret identity. Our protagonist is a member of the paparazzi, outlaw private investigators who dig up the kind of personal dirt no longer readily available through search engines. It’s a mystery with lots of masks, but no superpowers. We know how the story ends, and we think it will take about 10 issues to get there.
I haven’t gotten a chance to check it out but I’m really excited about this. If this catches on, we could see more and more writers and artists launching their own publishers and releasing comics where the reader gets to pick the price.