DC's Digital Boss Teases New Platforms, Formats

After tablets, computers and smartphones, could televisions be the next venue for digital comics?
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After tablets, computers and smartphones, could televisions be the next venue for digital comics?

DC Comics might be coming to your television -- and not in the sense of shows adapted from DC Entertainment properties like The CW's Arrow, or the in-development Flash, Gotham or Constantine. Instead, it's the comics themselves that are being teased for future TV appearances by Hank Kanalz, DCE's svp integrated publishing.

Asked during an interview about DC's digital comic program whether the publisher's digital releases might one day be available via smart televisions, Kanalz said, "Yes, yes I can … We do have a roadmap to what's next, and I'm not trying to be coy or cagey, but I definitely think DC2 [the format used for the publisher's Batman 66 and Teen Titans Go digital series] would look great on your HD television."

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He continued, "Our attitude here at DC is to have our product available where people want to have our products. That's one of the reasons we're on a variety of platforms; if they want to build their comics library with comiXology, that's fine. If they want to use Kindle, great. It's the same with Nook or the iBookstore. It's an interesting time for entertainment and media companies. There's all these different options available, and if you want your material out there, you have to be ready to go out there and do it."

Another future option, Kanalz suggests, is the digital comic version of enabling binge viewing. "You look at something like Netflix and Orange Is The New Black or Arrested Development that release their entire season at once, and people watch that in two or three nights as opposed to weekly in a traditional television season format," Kanalz said. "I wonder what would happen if we were to put a digital first series -- all it's chapters -- up at once. It's a curious thing, and would be a different strategy. I don't know what would happen -- you could look at is as a collected edition in the way we've been trained to buy things. It'd be an interesting thing to try."