I've been thinking about this quite a lot recently.
A real key factor to this was the realization that I create comics at a personal level for satisfaction.
Sure there is the small hope that this will one day become a money making venture, but for the most it is something I really enjoy doing, something which keeps my mind active, and keeps me learning new things.
With that in mind, I've been toying with the idea of having a completely open digital platform for the MPS website - that is to offer downloadable PDFs of each title from the site, free of charge.
Most of the stories will be going up as webcomic updates anyway - why not make it easy for people to own copies of the comics?
Here's the key, I will check with all creators involved in each book, and see how they feel. If they want to, the digital copies will be available as downloads. If not, they won't.
The store will still be up and running, and will be offering physical copies of every book I have a hand in. The physical copies will come at different levels - basic book, book with sketch card/collectors card/mini-print etc, and sketch cover edition - with prices on each level at a graded amount (something like $5/10/20).
There would be a slight delay to offering the free digital copies.
First available would be the physical copies.
Secondly, we would update the webcomic pages, one page per week.
Finally, once the webcomic has finished serializing an issue, the digital download would become available, and the next physical issue would then become available for purchase.
With this in mind, I really want to be operating far enough ahead on each title on the website to ensure that a flow can continue.
We're still a while away from the full site launch, so I'd love to hear your thoughts on this.