With misinformation out there and people who fear the digital world, I want to clear up why print comic books will never die. There is some overlapping in what I have listed below, but no worries, there are plenty of reasons that comic culture will always be in print.
- Artwork - When the Mona Lisa is worth nothing, then comic book art will be worth nothing. Buying a comic book is buying art.
- Easily shareable - Friends can borrow comics or people can leave them on a coffee table for others to read. It's more convenient for young kids (or adults) to just read a book rather than have to go on an iPad or computer each time.
- Ease of use - This relates to the last reason. It’s just easier to flip through than a digital version.
- Tangible experience - The feel and look of a comic book cannot be completely replicated onscreen.
- Better for display - It looks better and displays better as a book.
- Resale value - Digital books have no resale worth, but print does.
- Collectibility - They are fun to collect and some mature in value.
- Cheap comics - The comics that don’t mature in value get discounted as $1 and $.50 comics. There are also inexpensive reprints.
- Media feeds off each other - movies, video games, digital books, etc all increase the likelihood of more fans. The electronic versions help promote the physical books.
Just another note that relates more to comics in general rather than just print - superhero movies will never crowd out comics because the books contain perfect storyboards for movies. People always note the creativity and art of comic books, which are great, but the writing and storyboarding are phenomenal.