Over the weekend at Heroes Con, Rantz Hoseley, the editor behind Image’s â€œComic Book Tattooâ€ anthology of comics inspired by Tori Amos, unveiled Longbox, a digital comics platform that Hoseley thinks will be the iTunes of comic books.Â Hoseley is using a similar model, hoping to sell digital comics for 99-cents each.Â Already on board are Top Cow Productions and Boom! Studios.
â€œEveryone’s been talking now for half a decade about the holy grail of digital comics, and how do you solve that problem: How do you make something that everyone gets on board with?â€ Hoseley told CBR. â€œAnd rather than just kind of jump into it willy-nilly, we’ve done a lot of research and actual development on the platform prior to even discussing it with any publishers.â€
While iTunes allows you to activate five system to listen to your MP3s, the Longbox software will only allow you to read your digital comics on three devices.Â If you are interested in becoming a beta-tester, you’ll need to attend the San Diego Comic-Con panel for the low down.
From the screen shots I’ve seen, and the passion Hoseley has for the project, I hope it works.Â I also hope the company eventually opens the program to other applications beyond the PC, Mac, and Linux systems, because as soon as those eBooks come in color, it might put Longbox Digital Comics out of business.