Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Comixology, why? Oh why!? And a promise to use this blog more.

So at the start of the week I signed into my Comixology account on my iPhone and it said that I had to download a newer version of the app.  So, with no thought at all to the recent acquisition of Comixology by Amazon, I deleted my Comixology app and downloaded the newer version.  It hit me as I tried to browse through the store of the newer edition of the app I could not browse through the new titles.  I thought it was just me so I proceeded to pound the screen with my bruised digits with venom for half an hour.  After much blustering, heavy tears, scratching my head a lá Stanley Laurel I went back to the app store and tried to see had I downloaded the wrong version of the really handy digital way of buying digital comics.  I looked to the reviews and noticed that one person had commented that they could no longer by  comics with the app.  Maybe it was a bug.

So I googled the issue, 'Why can I not buy comics on my Comixology app?'  It was then in the news section I came across some articles that made my heart sink.  Since then it has been reported in Forbes and in the United Kingdom by the Guardian newspaper.  .

I downloaded the Comixology app when I was bored in hospital one night and had nothing better to do than read.  What I wanted was a comic.  It was about eleven o'clock at night and I had just wrapped me head around the fact I had a smart phone.  It was a Samsung yokey-me-bob and I can't remember what I bought first but at about three in the morning my bank texted me to say there was some unusual activity on my account.  I had to get out of bed and explain over the phone in the hospital lobby to a quite amused bank security person that I was reading the Justice League in my hospital bed.

After a pause: 'Excuse me?'

'I am reading comics on my phone.'  It's very hard to explain that to a lass sniggering on the other end of a phone who is monitoring strange purchases on a card.

'Justice League?'

'Yes, you know Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, the Flash...' I slowed down around here as I realised I could hear her holding her laughter in.

'No.  I am afraid I don't know that.'  She laughed a little.  'I will register the purchases as comics.  You shouldn't (little titter of laughter here) get any more calls about this again.'

I remember being in a dressing gown standing in the lobby looking at my phone thinking, 'she thinks I am crazy,' followed by 'must check out some other stuff on Comixology now.'

I then moved to a iPhone and it was great.  Easy to use.  I could purchase a comic and read away no problem.  It was the beauty of the app I could, if I was in the mood, check online on my phone a wee book that I would might not have thought about sampling.  I don't live near any comic shops.  I worked in a bookshop for years and could get a graphic novel edition but if I wanted to check out a comic I could just sample it on my phone.  People who would not normally buy comics could easily just go to the app and try comics out.  It was a great way for people to just try out a series.  Don't get me wrong I still love the smell, feel and getting comics as physical things but for the digital just get a comic as a casual thing to buy Comixology was brilliant.

I know there are other ways of reading comics digitally but I did enjoy using it as I am sure others would too.

Such a pity really.

Oh and as I said above.  I promise to write on this blog more.  I have just recently gone full-time into freelancing and the first eight weeks has been interesting and fun.  Between workshops, chasing work and doing the odd freelance gig it has been fun.  I have tomorrow to answer a few questions from David Baillie


  1. Hi Aiden!

    We've actually got a great mobile site that would allow you to purchase on your iPhone. Once you purchase the books will sync to your account and you'll be able to download the books in the app. Here's a handy guide on how to add the webstore to your iPhone:

    If you have any other questions or comments you can always reach us at


  2. HI Comixology,

    Thank you for your reply, I understand that. I know I can go to the website I am sorry I didn't make that clear above. I was lamenting the handy way of buying before. For casual buyers it might not be a convenient way of buying comics. I had/have always recommended it to parents of children or people who would like to try comics again to use it as a tester for comics or reading comics. I will, I'm certain, go to Comixology's site as I have done before as I am a comics reader and it is still (I find) the best digital readers of comics around. Thank you again for clarifying that for others. I just found it so easy to use before.