Sony will shut down its PSP digital comics store as print comics win a huge battle in the war to destroy digital comics.
Despite the beliefs of many industry analysts that digital comics would destroy print comics and put all local comic shops out of business if they are priced somewhat reasonably and available before they are old and outdated, it was print comics that scored a major victory today, as Sony announced that it will be shutting the doors of its digital comics store on October 30. Purchases in the store will be available for download until January 2013, but, after that, readers will be out of luck, which will give the comics community our first opportunity to see what happens when a store shuts down with this model of digital sale, where customers are not able to store and transfer actual files. Asked for comment on how this screws customers over, Sony replied that customers could just ask the hacker community nicely to grab copies of the comics the next time they are stealing all of Sony's PS3 network passwords and credit card information.
Meanwhile, local comic shops around the country were celebrating the demise of one of their greatest enemies, throwing massive parties where customers were invited to purchase single issue comic books that take roughly three minutes to read for $3.99. "Soon, you'll have no other choice," said Bob, owner of Bob's Comics in Cleveland, Ohio, to a store full of gloomy, defeated customers. "This is the future."