In a move that should have happened five years ago when comiXology launched, the Amazon-owned digital comics platform finally announced plans to allow users to make DRM-free backups of the comics they paid real, physical money for. With the click of a button, users of comiXology can download a PDF or CBZ of their comics.
Well, as long as those comics are not from Marvel, DC, or IDW, because Marvel, DC, and IDW apparently believe that you don't have the right to own a digital comic you paid for and do with it what you wish. Or, they think you're a no good thief who wants to take that digital comic and put it up on online piracy sites. Nevermind that every comic ever made is already up on online piracy sites, despite the DRM. Because fuck you, human scum. Pony up that sweet cash like an obedient consumer, but leave the rights where they belong - with a corporate "person."
Oh, sorry, I got distracted. So yeah, if you're reader of Image, Monkeybrain, Dynamite, Zenescope, Top Shelf, Thrillbent, or any number of other independent, small-press, or self- publishers with comics on comiXology who have opted in, you can now both enjoy the rich experience of reading your comics on the cloud in guided view, and owning an actual copy of the material you paid for, like a legit human being. And that's pretty cool. So go and buy some stuff from them and show the industry that publishers who give readers what they want will flourish.
Anyway, nice job, comiXology... but what took you so long?