Combat digital with paper dispensers
Never mind the benefits of digital distribution for comics, try to do this on your iPad. At the Brussels Comics Festival recently, Olivier Van Vaerenbergh (previously of El Rios and Spirou), Dimitri Piot and Philippe Cryptonique presented their Automated Book Dispenser, a new(ish) way to bring comics to the masses.
For only five Euros, the machine gives you an original comic in paperback format (11 by 18 cm, some 200 pages). For the moment, you can choose between two titles : Jiu Jitsu, a French translation of a classic Dick Bos adventure by Alfred Mazure from 1942, and the very fresh Salaryman by Dimitri Piot himself. The cool part is that Piot’s book uses the same narrative mechanism as Mazure used to do, with one large panel per page, but in a style that is closer to classic Japanese illustration than Mazure’s sparse line art..
Yet another wondrous project from the comics laboratory that is Brussels.
(photography by Olivier Van Vaerenbergh)