The GeeksverseNEWS | Thrillbent launches new “pay-what-you-want” storefront

NEWS | Thrillbent launches new “pay-what-you-want” storefront
Published on Tuesday, July 30, 2013 by
[UPDATED] Mark Waid-led comics collective launches a new digital comics storefront built on the “name your price” business model. Will retain weekly CBZ format comics but PDF versions will include exclusive extras such as behind-the-scenes essays and art not available anywhere else.

thrillbent_logoEisner Award-winning writer Mark Waid announced on the Thrillbent blog today the launch of the Thrillbent storefront. The weekly CBZ format Thrillbent comics will still be available to readers for free via the main Thrillbent comics portal, but the storefront will also make available DRM-free PDF versions of those comics with exclusive bonus features designed specifically for each comic, including variant covers, behind-the-scenes essays and art, and more. Select PDF issues will be priced based on the “name your price” model used most recently by Brian K. Vaughan and Marcos Martin for their creator-owned digital comic The Private Eye, while other PDFs will be sold at a fixed price. As Waid explains in his post:

I’ve said it a thousand times–we’re in this to make comics, not to maximize personal profits–but receiving money from fans and readers who feel like we’re giving them something of value in return, that’s what allows us to keep going.

With that in mind, all the collections of our flagship title, Insufferable, will be “pay what you will,” allowing you to set your own price when you buy. Yes, this means there’ll be people who will just download it for free; what we’re banking on is that there are enough of you out there who appreciate our work and our efforts who’ll maybe chip in a little more here or there, from time to time. We’ll do the work; you determine its value. If we’ve done a good job, everyone will win and we can expand this model across the Thrillbent line.

The launch titles for the storefront are Waid’s Insufferable, Christina Blanch and Chris Carr’s The Damnation of Charlie Wormwood, James Tynion IV’s The Eight Seal, Mast and Geoffo’s Pax Arena and The Walking Pandas, Tim Gibson’s Moth City, and Aw Yeah Comics! from the Eisner Award-winning Tiny Titans team of Art Baltazar and Franco Aureliani. The Walking Pandas and Aw Yeah Comics! are available in English and French editions, with expansion into more titles and more languages planned for the future.


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