I just got done reading Marvel’s Star Wars issue #2. These comics do a lot right so far. The reveals of the beloved Star Wars heroes in the first issue are really well done. The character voicing and banter are completely spot on. The action is fast paced and a whole lot of fun, with my favorite set piece so far being Han and Leia hijacking an imperial walker, with Artoo and Jawas in the back trying to get the cannons working to blast Vader before he rips the walker apart with the force. The artwork is high quality and the style is both very “Star Wars-y” and yet the pacing, style, and vibrant heroes remind me a lot of recent Marvel movies at the same time.
I’m normally the first person to advocate for new technology. But, let me give a quick anecdote showing how sometimes the future sucks.
A couple weeks ago, I mentioned offhand to some friends while discussing the Matrix that I hadn’t seen the Animatrix. We decided to stop at the video store and check for a used copy, then get some Pizza Hut and party like it’s 2003.
We found a copy in a bin for $1.99. But notice the “buy 2 get 1 free” sale stickers. We actually bought 3 copies, so that everyone could take home their own copy. Without discounts or sales that’s 3 copies for about $6. With the sale and with my membership discounts it actually came out to something like under $1.15 per copy. Mine even came with a patch that I can sew onto my jeans/backpack and look like a dork.
How much does it cost to purchase (or rent) just one standard definition copy of such an old movie using modern digital distribution (iTunes), which is supposed to increase convenience and reduce costs?