As ComicsAlliance readers are already aware, I'm pretty interested in digital comics. That's why I've spent the past few days experimenting with Graphic.ly, and I've noticed that there's one thing that really sets it apart from other platforms like comiXology: It has a feature that allows you to make notes directly onto the pages of the comic.
If you've ever added a note to a picture on Flickr, it's essentially the same thing, and as an idea, there's a huge amount of potential here for annotations and creator commentary. But in practice, the fact that the feature's open to Graphic.ly's entire user base means that going through a story with the comments on is pretty much like trying to read a comic with the entire Internet reading over your shoulder. And that works out about like you'd expect.
But in the words of LeVar Burton, you don't have to take my word for it. I've gone through a few of the comics that Graphic.ly offers for free to bring you what is unquestionably some of the most amazing commentary to ever be written directly onto Witchblade's rack.
Just a thought here: If you're going to write an inspirational message about God's plan, you may want to do it in somewhere that's not page 4 of a Mark Millar comic. And if you have to, at least try not to put it right after, and I am not kidding, three comments about how since it doesn't look like the movie, "Wanted" must be based on the video game.
Because really, who among us hasn't thought the cover to "Witchblade" #1 would be better with added Miley Cyrus lyrics?
This one actually did improve this issue, and I am not even kidding. If you imagine monkeys behind every painting you see in a comic, they become like a million times better.
Have you ever been reading an issue of "Witchblade" and forgotten that there's definitely someone out there masturbating to it? Well buck up, kiddo: The 21st Century has solved that problem.
Rather than the obvious, I'd like to focus on the fact that in addition to the comments, there's also a feature that displays a character's name when you hover your mouse over him or her. I'll admit that's pretty neat, but seriously? If you can't make it through 14 pages of "Hunter Killer" without being constantly reminded of who the characters are, there might be a problem here that can't be solved with pop-up captions.
I defy you to find anything in a comic book creepier than the dude who was in such uncontrollable agreement with what had already been said that he had to add a fifth comment to the discussion about Samantha Argent's woefully inadequate ass.
You may not be able to tell thanks to the position of the comment, but the guy with the Marilyn Manson icon is totally in support of this girl's Swastika print crop-top. So, you know. There's that.
For whatever reason, "Berserker" has by far the most comments of any comic I saw on there, with literally dozens on every single page, with most of them being readers attempting to outdo each other in "hilarious" captions, because nothing quite lends itself to comedy like a book about a guy punching people's faces off in the Middle East. I will say, though, the one above cracked me right up.
I have no idea what Grampa Comicsreader here is trying to say and whether he's just trailing off at the end or lapsing into wistful thoughts about how a "charicter" took half or more during his last divorce, but I'm 100% willing to agree with him. You don't get to have a moustache that rad without learning a thing or two about fictional ladies.
Man, Public Service Announcements have gone way downhill since Rachel Leigh Cook smashed that egg with a frying pan.
And finally, the comment that I think really sums up the whole experience:
Spartacus: Blood and Sand #1: