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How digital media is reinventing comics

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2014-04-11 15:00

For the uninitiated, the term "digital comic" might sound like someone simply scanned a paper copy of their favorite issues of Batman into their computer. The scope of the digital comic world is actually pretty wide, with artists and writers taking advantage of the medium to play around with what a comic can be, and how to distribute content.

Here's an excellent debrief on the world of digital comics. Plus, check out these examples of digital comics that capitalize on the possibilities of the medium.

News Comics

Among the freedoms of publishing a digital comic is the ability to stretch what a comic can be. The team behind Symbolia, for example, use the medium to tell news stories with sound, links, animations, and interactive charts. 

You can check out more about Symbolia here.

Self-Published

Digital comics also allow artists to self-publish and sell their own comics. Artist Dean Trippe's Something Terrible is an autobiographical work about how his interest in Batman helped him cope with being the victim of rape at a young age.

You can read more about Trippe's story here.

Free download of first issue

Not unlike the mobile game model known as "freemium," publishers of digital comics will sometimes offer a first issue for free in the hopes that readers will be hooked enough to purchase subsequent issues.

The critically-acclaimed "Saga" series, for example, offers its first issue free for download here.

Subscription Series

There's also the option of subscribing to a series, which is not unlike subscribing to a newspaper's phone or tablet app. In addition to regularly receiving new issues, subscribers often have access to classic comics that have been uploaded by the publisher. Access to Marvel's annual subscription costs $99.

You can check out more about Marvel Unlimited here.

Life sentence for stiletto killing

BBC - Fri, 2014-04-11 14:42
A Texas woman is sentenced to life in prison for stabbing her boyfriend to death with the five-inch (13cm) stiletto heel of her shoe.

Obama Taxes Show Big Drop In Income, Charitable Giving

NPR News - Fri, 2014-04-11 14:37

The Obamas reported an adjusted gross income of $481,098, a 21 percent drop from the $608,611 they reported in 2012.

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VIDEO: V&A exhibit celebrates Italian fashion

BBC - Fri, 2014-04-11 14:31
An exhibition celebrating Italian fashion over the past 70 years has opened at London's Victoria and Albert Museum.

Tidying up with financial spring cleaning

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2014-04-11 14:31

Once you're all done with your taxes, it's the season for spring cleaning. Organizing ... decluttering your house ... throwing out old furniture, money can work the same way, too.

Personal finance expert Farnoosh Torabi gives us her recipe for a productive financial spring cleaning.

Automate your bills: “Automate your bills because that means less stress. It’s minimizing your financial burdens ... Also, to make sure you’re always paying your bills, never getting behind.”

Go paperless: “This is something as a country we’re doing more and more of, but some of us are a little bit behind ... That will help to declutter and give some piece of mind.”

Hold onto three (or six) years worth of tax documents: “If the IRS does come a knocking with an audit, they will want to see the last three years of your records, and all your supporting documents. The one exception, you have to answer this honestly, if you’ve been underreporting income and the IRS audits you for that reason, they can go back as far as six years. So if you’re somebody that takes a little bit of risk with your reporting, and pushes the envelope, make sure you have even more support and backup.”

Look ahead: "Spring is a time when we’re looking ahead. A lot of families perhaps are thinking about a home, people are buying cars, applying for loans for school, so this is a good time to get a firm understanding of where you stand credit wise. Go check your report at annualcreditreport.com (and that’s free!)."

What are your tips for financial spring cleaning? Share them in the comments, on Facebook, or on Twitter @LiveMoney.

VIDEO: Miliband makes 'painful' Israel visit

BBC - Fri, 2014-04-11 14:22
Labour leader Ed Miliband says on a visit to Israel that he is a supporter of "the homeland for the Jewish people".

Two released in terror investigation

BBC - Fri, 2014-04-11 14:12
A man and a woman arrested by police investigating dissident republican terrorism in County Armagh are released unconditionally.

Farah and Weir eye marathon glory

BBC - Fri, 2014-04-11 14:10
Mo Farah's bid to win his first London Marathon and David Weir's attempt at a seventh title are among the highlights.

US inmate ends hunger strike in Cuba

BBC - Fri, 2014-04-11 14:10
US contractor Alan Gross, who has been in jail in Cuba for more than four years, ends a week-long hunger strike, his lawyer says.
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