I am super excited to announce that On the Verge is officially making the jump to the digital comics universe with today’s release of ON THE VERGE: SHADOWS on Comixology and is available for 99¢ and can be read on you smart phones and tablets as well as the web. If you already have the Comixology app, you can browse their store for “On the Verge” or “Jason Smith” to find me. Or click this link here to check out their store via your browser.
I’ve been thinking about ways to get On the Verge in front of a wider audience and I’ve experimented with stuff like releasing THE BEGINNING for free. I really wanted to get onto something like Comixology for a while now and when they came out with their Submit program I figured it was the best way to actually do it. So back in May I submitted SHADOWS, heard it was accepted around the start of June and then have been waiting since then for it to be released.
So you might wonder to yourself why I’m charging 99¢ for something that I’ve already posted here for free and that’s a really good question. First off, I think that reading it as a webcomic is probably not the most convenient of reading experiences*. I spent quite a bit of time trying to decide on a good price for SHADOWS because of this problem (is it a problem?) and a dollar seemed to be about right to me. My hope is that any of you who are longtime readers might want a copy for you collection. That you can read it whenever you want – with the convenience of the Comixology app – and that 99¢ is the perfect price and definitely worth it.
My other hope is that the digital edition brings in some new readers. There are a lot of people who read comics through Comixology that obviously haven’t heard of On the Verge and this is a great way to get the story in front of them. I’ve got quite a good catalogue of work at this point, so there’s lots to dig through and there is a definite possibility of more digital editions in the future.
What does all this mean for the webcomic? It’s not going anywhere, that’s for sure. I’ll continue to post new work every Tuesday just like I have for the past couple of years. But I do think that the digital comics are an interesting way to get my work in front of people who aren’t going to read webcomics. I’ve tried a number of different ways to try to get some eyeballs on the stories that I’ve produced and this is just another thing to try that hopefully does that. I’m always looking for new ideas. I’ll have to let you know what the results are.
*I follow quite a few webcomics and let’s face it, reading via a browser on a computer isn’t as easy as reading on a tablet. But you get to read the stories for free, so that seems like a fair tradeoff to me. To be honest, I wasn’t rushing into the digital comics age right away… Until I got a tablet myself and actually read a few comics that way. It really changed my opinion and now I actually read quite a few comics only on the tablet. It’s super convenient and I think more and more people, once they try it, will make the jump.
Here’s SHADOWS for sale on the Comixology site. Buy it here >>>