Hereville: How Mirka Got Her Sword

June 18th, 2008 by

This isn’t really a review yet, since I’ve only just sent money to Barry Deutsch for a paper copy of his enchanting comic book Hereville: How Mirka Got Her Sword. However, you can read Hereville page by page (one per week) on his website. Eventually, the whole story will be released on there, although I imagine that by that time, Barry will have another trade paperback to sell, or he’ll have moved on to other projects or something.

It’s such a great marketing ploy to incentivize readers to buy the trade just to finish the story they’re getting slowly in pieces on the website. I don’t think I’ve seen it done before. I would gladly pay extra just to get the TPB all at once rather than waiting for individual comics to come out. Of course, that’s a bit of a catch 22, since a lot of times I probably wouldn’t even know about the TPB without having seen (and flipped through) individual issues in a store. In this case, I’ve got the pages that are already online to give me a sense of whether I want to read the rest of the book. It turns out that, yes! I really do want to read the rest!

This kind of marketing is really aimed directly at impatient people like me.

(Link discovered this afternoon via Comics Worth Reading.)

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