Almost exclusively because of my inability to lead effectively with a clear message, there’s been some confusion over the fact that, initially, we offered up free downloads of all our comics in PDF and CBZ format and now we seem to be inconsistent and all over the map on that. And that’s just around the Thrillbent offices. I can only imagine how puzzling it looks to you.
So after much deliberation, here’s what we’re gonna do. Here’s the standard policy as of today:
We will continue to offer free CBZ-format downloads of all the weekly installlments if the creators are cool with that. (For those not in the know, CBZ files are just zip files with a .cbz extension that makes them readable by a number of comics-reading apps and programs. As an app, I use ComicZeal. For Windows, I recommend CDisplay; for Mac, Simple Comic. Your mileage may vary.)
Downloadable PDFs are another story. We’ll soon get back to offering these–but with bigger chunks of story and more nicely packaged than the weekly CBZs. For one thing, we’ve found PDFs not as popular a format for downloads as the CBZs, but more importantly, led largely by the example of Tim Gibson and what he’s doing on his own Moth City site with PDF packaging, we’re going to take the extra effort to use the PDF’s hyperlink capabilities to enhance them in exciting new ways that we can’t with a CBZ. More news on this to come very soon. But doing this right takes time and energy and personal bandwidth that we can’t free up at least until San Diego Comic Con is in the rear-view mirror, so thanks for your patience. And remember, you can always read for free online. We may be rethinking the PDFs, but there will always be free-to-read material on Thrillbent.
And feel free to hit me back with feedback in the comments. Your voices matter. We’re all in this together, building and exploring this new format and this new world….