Remember back in 2007 when Radiohead released their album In Rainbows online, asking their fans to pay whatever they felt was fair? If so, then you probably remember the waves of controversy that followed. Not to mention the smashing success the move proved to be, all while doubling their sales from their previous effort as well as giving the band a new number one album. Since then, times have changed, though not by much. The execs still live in fear of the online pirate, yet more and more artist are tearing down the fourth wall by finding unique ways to distribute their material to those who deserve it most; those being we, the people.
Last week, Brian K Vaughan author of Saga and Y: The Last Man and artist Marcos Vincente unveiled their new publishing label Panel Syndicate, a bold and exciting new way for fans to get comics; by paying what they want. Their first offering is The Private Eye, a detective story that takes place in a world where everyone wears a disguise and nothing is what it seems. This is a great read made all the more interesting by the creator’s choice to release it themselves, free from the shackles of commercial distribution. Though none of that would matter if the story wasn’t very good, but this is Brian K. Vaughan we’re talking about here, so ya, the story is very good.