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Glenn Hauman

Glenn is VP of Production at ComicMix. He has written Star Trek and X-Men stories and worked for DC Comics, Simon & Schuster, Random House, arrogant/MGMS and Apple Comics. He's also what happens when a Young Turk of publishing gets old.

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12 Responses

  1. Anonymous says:

    Very nice to read about the history of Marvel's slow crawl into the online world. Their DVD archives are useful, but they really don't get the web. Today's site [when it didn't give pages of database errors ] is like Marvel getting into Web 1.0 when the rest of the world is using Web 2.0. Not that ComicMix seems to be that far ahead, but I suspect [and hope] that you all have more tricks up your utility belts! Show old media how it's done!

  2. Alan Coil says:

    Marvel's server continues to be up and down today, so not everybody has been able to see it.

  3. Alan Coil says:

    As to the complexity (or lack of it) of this site, I appreciate its simpleness. No having to wait 2 minutes while 6 different colored backgrounds load one atop the other, no endless links from here to page 2 to page 3 just to get to the newest article, no endless points where if you pass the cursor over a point, a pop up menu or ad appears, and a;; of the ads are on one side of the page so that my eyes are not distracted while trying to read.I recently read a stat that, as of September of 2006, 44% of those on the internet were still on dial-up.KISS is a good motto.

  4. mike weber says:

    Someone will provide software to download the content permanently (if there isn't one already).

  5. Anonymous says:

    Why are they even messing with this? Why don't they take a cue from the successful webcomics out there? Offer up new comics (stuff they're not printing) for free and sell advertising on the site. They've got the talent and the advertising base already. It would be an opportunity for them to put out stories about character who probably don't sell well enough for a print run (Cloak and Dagger, Blade, etc) and a good spot to try out new talent. Done. This isn't rocket science.

    • Anonymous says:

      Well DC hasn't done that bang up of a job so far doing new stuff with Zuda. Marvel is going to find out how important this distribution network is they just move like the dinosaur they are.

  6. Anonymous says:

    Marvel's intent clearly is to keep tight hold on their valuable property. By creating scarcity (the evaporating subscription), it can continue to re-sell the product in many formats. Until print really is dead–a prediction that still has not come true–Marvel is probably right in a business sense to do so. But this assumes an old-fashioned business model that the Internet is turning on its head. And that's the problem. Marvel is thinking about tomorrow with yesterday's mindset.

  7. Mark Badger says:

    Marvels a weird mix they actually did online comics with AOL long before anyone in comics thought it was anything important. I listened to all the profoundly brilliant comics people tell me "No one will ever read comics on their computer" or "I don't like the comics on the screen" When I asked if they had ever looked at the comics I was doing with Mark Bagley the esteemed pros all admitted they never bothered to look. At one point during their bankruptcy Online Comics was the only department making money for them.So they deserve some hipster credit, 11 years later DC is finally catching up with them.Then they would flip out when I showed them some of the work combining Painter and 3-d back in 1996.Of course the V-P of Internet with a Computer Science degree couldn't download an attachment from his e-mail and find it on his computer either. And he wasn't even a comic book geek, white males in power can be dumb as a brick in any field.