Great piracy discussion on Twitter today

So Jim Zubkavich, of Image Comics’ “Skullkickers,” has been having a broad discussion on Twitter today about comic book piracy, and it’s one of the best discussions I’ve ever read on piracy in general. I know there must be a better way to relay it than by taking screenshots of the most interesting exchanges, but I’m afraid I don’t know how to do the better thing yet, so for anyone interested, here’s the play-by-play:

What do you think? I’m obviously not a big fan of piracy, what with the job where I sell comics to people and all, but I’ve also never considered it a very serious threat, because I’ve always believed that piracy is more likely to mean “more readers” than it is to mean “fewer paying customers,” and it seems like reasonably priced legal alternatives to illegal downloading do a very good job of redirecting the impulses of some former illegal downloaders.

(I of course would rather not admit that I downloaded music like crazy when I was young(er) and had no idea what money meant, or intellectual property, but assuming I did have such a wicked past, it would make it all the more striking that yesterday I paid $1.29 to buy a song I already own on CD. I didn’t have it on hand, but I wanted to play it for a friend, and it felt like a reasonable price for the instant gratification.)

So here’s to Jim Z.! Points for grace and style. And if, like me, you now feel like you should finally check out “Skullkickers?”

Here you go!

Skullkickers on House of Secrets Digital

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