Mark Waid has stated several times over the last few years that he did not see print-first comics as a viable future in comics, and has pushed the industry to start considering digital comics as the new future of the industry. He even went as far as to sell his comic collection to help start Thrillbent.com, a webcomic site featuring work by Waid and other comics professionals, as a hopeful alternative to the traditional print medium.
While he hasn't reneged on his comments about digital, Waid did admit his thoughts about print comics were wrong in a new blogpost posted on 13th Dimension. In the post, Waid admitted that his thoughts about the decline of print media were faulty, and acknowledged that the digital and print formats of comics have a symbiotic relationship rather than a competitive one. And while it his thoughts on comic books stores were rather obvious by his recent purchase of Alter-Ego Comics in Muncie Indiana, Waid also admitted the value of brick and mortar stores in the industry. Here's an excerpt from his post:
A year or two ago, when readers (new, old and lapsed) began reporting that reading comics online spurred them into stores, we considered that to be anecdotal evidence that there was a positive symbiotic relationship between the two. Today, we have hard data to back that up; every shred of evidence goes to show that one does not “steal” from the other. Not only can digital and print co-exist, they can feed one another. Digital is the outreach, but brick-and-mortar is the community gathering place, the sales platform, the pop-culture oasis.
Waid also mentions that he's experimenting with different ways to have digital comics play more of a role at his comic book store, which includes a kiosk that will allow readers to view and purchase Thrillbent comics.
All in all, Waid's post is an interesting read, and you should read the full blogpost for yourself.