I've been reading, and researching, more on digital comics over the last few days, and while I still like my idea of a digital download code being standard with the print version of the comic, I have to wonder how the Netflix model would work with comics.
For anyone unfamiliar, Netflix charges you $8/month and lets you then stream as much of their content as you like. They rotate through what is available and what isn't, but I've seen a fair amount that interests me and I just signed up for a free trial last week.
So could a NetComics fly? Marvel does, or did, I'm not sure, have their own digital subscription service that let you pay a monthly fee to read their digital content, but I've always felt that initiative suffered due to the rather random assortment of books available. When it comes to the older books, don't put up a random smattering of titles, at least do it by story arcs. The titles available were pretty random, without much rhyme or reason to which books were available. I'd rather see more complete listings rotated on a monthly basis than random books here and there.
I'd like to be able to use an app like Comixology to pay a monthly fee, and I can read as much or as little of what is available as I want. Give me an option to pay to download the comic to my hard drive, or to order a print copy. This way readers can sample a wider variety of titles than they might normally and could lead them to purchasing more titles.
I love my print comics, but I am really enjoying reading digital comics on my tablet as well, but the current digital model exactly having me rushing to purchase digital comics.