New York ComicCon was this past weekend, and while it yielded cool news, there were no massive announcements to shake up geekdom and be hashed out over here on the Geek Beat. But that in itself is interesting -- every major movie website and news organization sent representatives just in case, and those of us unlucky enough to be stuck at home waited breathlessly for dispatches. That's pretty crazy -- when did comic book conventions become a major media scene?

As I mentioned in a sleep-deprived manner last week, it's a very interesting time to be a fan. Two of the most intriguing announcements from the con weren't about comic book movies, but about the future of comic books. You can already download your weekly comics into your computer or your iPhone, getting rid of those pesky longboxes and creaking shelves. According to io9, two new distributors, UClick and iVerse, are seamlessly transferring comics to iPhones without animation or voice over gimmicks -- UClick even does it panel by panel so you can read spoiler free, which is a major improvement on the old paper books.

Meanwhile, Marvel announced plans to sell digital "in motion" comic books via iTunes, akin to what Warner Bros and DC have been doing with Watchmen. Panels will have animated scenes and dialogue spoken by voice actors. Brian Michael Bendis was excited about it, which makes me feel like a female Walt Kowalski for grumbling that it's a death knell for literacy. (I mean, really -- when it comes to reading, you can't get any easier than comic books ... why not just abandon comics for cartoons if you're going to go that far? Now get off my lawn!)

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