The Week’s Most Popular Posts: November 23 – 27, 2015

This post originally appeared on Panels, which is now Book Riot Comics

Let’s take a look back at the week that was, here on Panels:

These purchases don’t mean that I’m dedicated to blowing the entirety of my monthly comics budget on Marvel and DC books again. My commitment to small press and indie comics is just too great. Also, while I admire their recent developments, I’m still kind of skeptical about some of Big Two’s decisions, and whether this progress is going to remain constant. That said, these books look amazing, and I can’t wait to see if these two often loud and wrong publishers try to get things right for the future.

from 5 Titles That Ended My Big 2 Boycott by Troy Wiggins

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Jessica Jones is also a show about women saving women, women protecting women, and the complicated relationships they have with one another. It’s a show about a deep and honest friendship between two women. It’s a show about women who make good and bad decisions, and regardless of the outcome, the fact is that they’re allowed to make those decisions.

from Women Saving Women Saving Women Saving Themselves by Preeti Chhibber

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Swapna unboxes the Star Wars Smugglers Bounty Funko subscription box, because did you really think she wouldn’t order one when they were announced?

from Star Wars: Smugglers Bounty Unboxing by Swapna Krishna

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That’s the secret to stamping out online piracy. If you make the official versions simple and easy to get, they will eventually win out. In recent years, the manga industry has been making a concerted effort to court digital readers. Many companies make their titles available on legitimate online readers such as Kodansha does throughCrunchyroll Manga. Others simultaneously publish new chapters such as Yen Press has recently begun to do with Black Butler. VIZ Media often releases buyer-friendly discount bundles of their digital manga.

While those are definitely ways to combat and beat out scanlations, the largest remaining hurdle rests with the time it takes to license new titles in North America.

from The Manga Industry’s Scanlation Problem by Vernieda Vergara

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The year has flown by and with U.S. Thanksgiving coming up some of the crew at Panels have picked the comics we’re most grateful for this year.

from Comics We’re Thankful For This Year by Kris Saldaña

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