Fangirls, I keep going back and forth on digital comics. A big part of me feels like I should hate them and just collect digital comics, but another part of me keeps remembering that one of my friends gave me her Marvel Unlimited account info so I can read a ton of digital comics.
The problem is, I love going to the comic shop. I love going into Earthworld Comics (shown above; in Albany, NY), seeing my friends, and catching up on my stack of comics. Such an amazing shop deserves my money and I just want to hang out with all of them all the time because everyone that works there is so kind and helpful.
Plus they give great suggestions. The crew that’s usually there when I go in knows me and what I like, so their suggestions aren’t just things that sell well, but things that they know I’ll enjoy. Once (when I was still collecting Wonder Woman), they put a copy of Sensation Comics in my pull box. I had asked them to take it off the list the month before, so I reminded them, and they told me that they put it in because Amy Reeder did one of the short pieces in it, and they know I love her art. It’s really great to have a place where they genuinely want you to have a great experience.
It’s a trek, though. Albany is an hour drive from where I live, so it’s a lot of work to go get comics. But so worth it. If I didn’t have a shop I loved so much, I would have comics mailed to me (Graham Crackers does that, as do other places). My love of Earthworld has always stopped me from getting into digital comics. But when my friend offered me her account info for Marvel Unlimited, I jumped on it.
Since I’m not spending money on digital comics, I don’t feel like I’m taking business away from my shop, but I can take comics with me wherever I go, without risking their safety. I’ve been trying to do a bit of exercise every day, to help myself gain confidence and be happier, and one of the things that I do a lot is use a recumbent bike. My mum suggested watching Netflix or reading a book, but with Marvel Unlimited, I can read comics on the bike.
Now, I don’t sprint at all on the bike. It’s more of a “it’s better to have some movement than none” type thing, so I’m just kind of lazily pushing my feet out. But that’s something I can read comics while doing. Since I have MU on my phone, I can swipe through digital comics while I bike, without risking any sweat getting on the pages or ripping anything accidentally. It’s safer for my comics, plus I get to experience comics I usually wouldn’t go searching for.
Everyone has recommended Hawkeye to me. Everyone. But I pick up a lot of comics, and it’s already a lot of money and time. I don’t really read much “for pleasure” anymore; it’s usually stuff I like to write about or recommend. So buying and spending time on pleasure books isn’t my main priority. With MU, I got to read the Hawkeye that’s available there (which is most of it), when I have time, and without spending money. It’s also helping me explore the Marvel Universe more. Most of my exposure has been to DC Comics, so a lot of Marvel is foreign to me. Slowly, I’m learning more.
When it comes down to it, I like both. I don’t think I will ever buy comics exclusively digitally, because I really enjoy collecting physical comics. But if you’re short on space and always on the go, digital may be the way to go. Either way, you should probably get Marvel Unlimited because it’s really neat and about $10 a month.
Also, read Hawkeye by Matt Fraction because it’s amazing.
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