I've been working on a new comic book idea and have been leaning towards using a smaller, digest format instead of the traditional American "floppy" format of 6.625 inches (16.83 cm) × 10.25 inches (26.0 cm). Through the years I have acquired a small collection of comics from several countries and various decades. I've scanned them to show my creative partners and thought it might be interesting to post them here.
My main reason for exploring this size is to be able to vend them from spiral-vend snack machines more easily than floppies. But I've also heard that they are preferred in other countries, specifically Mexico, where the smaller size is easier to read with one hand and is easier to stuff into a pocket or bag. They are simply more mobile than the larger, thinner format. Plus it's just an enjoyable experiment into a new format that changes the pacing of the storytelling.
I'd appreciate your thoughts on this. If you read comics which format appeals to you and why? Does your country have a history of these smaller comics? Please let me know in the comments.
Thanks to Wes Street and Chris FitzPatrick for their kind additions to my collection of mini-comics.
|Captain America mini-comic from 1987. This is just a reduced size of a standard format comic which makes for very small images and type.|
|Commando from 1983. One of my favorite comics.|
|A 1977 JLA paperback that appears to be reprinted versions of earlier comics. However the artwork seems to have been "broken apart" to fit the paperback format.|
|The Detective Novel, Mexico 2007|
|That should be 125mm x 140mm. Spinal Tap level mistake.|
|Private-Eye Picture Stories, Republic of Ireland 1963. I love the title of this series.|
|"TAKE OFF YOUR TROUSERS!"|
|Starblazer, UK 1980|
|Trucker Stories, Mexico 2004. Always good to see stories about people who don't wear capes and masks.|