Here’s what I’m thinking and my aim…
I’ve read a lot of posts recently from people who are disgruntled about DCU’s streaming service, heard a lot of complaints from people who are hot under the collar about the number of titles that were removed from the streaming library this month, and I’ve heard a lot of other negative posts from people who simply aren’t satisfied with what is available in the streaming library and from people who seem to think that the service is not what it should be.
If you happen to be one of the individuals I just mentioned, I want you to know that I respect your opinion because it is your right to have one. This is me expressing my personal opinion and I am not going to attempt to talk you into changing your opinions, that’s not what this post is about.
This post is about expressing what DCU’s service means to me and why it is so important to me.
Putting things into perspective…
We have officially reached the Digital Age of Comics. Digital comics are the standard now and many people, my self included, have made digital comics their primary reading format. In response, comic book companies have started providing “unlimited” subscriptions to their books, allowing readers to enjoy huge selections of comic books that we would have otherwise never had access to. Even if you could afford to buy a paper trade copy of every book in DCU’s reading library (which I doubt any of us could), how would you ever store, organize, and read them all in any kind of efficient manner?
I challenge everyone who is reading this to pause for a minute or two and really think about how incredible it actually is to have every comic book in DCU’s reading library available at your fingertips in as little time as it takes you to type what you are looking for into the search bar. And to think about all of the THOUSANDS of hours of manual labor that it took to individually digitize every one of those books.
Instead of paying $1-$5 (on average) per book, you now only have to pay $7.99/mo or $74.99/yr and you get to read as many of those comic books as you like, whenever you like, as many times as you like.
The epic conclusion…
No, DCU is not a streaming service that can compete with Netflix or HBO or Disney+ … it is something more than that, and to me, it is something much more important than that. Comic books are important to me. Reading comic books lets me relax, it lets me dive into stories that are meaningful to me, stories that I can relate to, it lets me escape from the rest of life’s craziness and gives me new worlds to explore. DCU has given me the ability to re-read cherished stories from my childhood and the opportunity to read all the new stories that I couldn’t read otherwise. DCU has given me the opportunity to pass on my love of comic books to my daughter. In short, it has become an invaluable part of my life and I am grateful to be a part of it.
If you feel so inclined to reply to this post, I encourage you to express why DCU matters to you. We’ve all spent a lot of time talking about and telling the developers what we would like to see in the future and what we believe needs to be fixed and that’s great. That’s an important function of this community. BUT here’s an opportunity to come together and let DCU’s staff and devs know what we love about them and how their work impacts our lives in a positive way.