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Image Comics' solution to comic book piracy: remove DRM

Digital content from Image Comics

It’s one of the most iconic images in comic book history: Superman bursting free of oversized, heavy steel chains. For more than 70 years, the Man of Steel has been tearing those flimsy and ineffective chains asunder.

And on July 2, Image Comics’ publisher Eric Stephenson helped comic fans everywhere feel a bit more like Superman.

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The democratization of comics

While the print comics industry has been slowly shriveling, an interesting new world of comics has emerged on the Internet. Known as webcomics, these new comics range from those professionally illustrated to those, well, not. Whether geek-inspired, or erotica (I'll let you Google that one), webcomics give us an idea of what an industry looks like when its content becomes democratized.

It's not all good, but it's not all bad, either. » Read more

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