'The Private Eye' tops six figures in downloads, sales

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The release of a new issue of Brian K. Vaughan and Marcos Martin's excellent and, given recent news, timely The Private Eye is always enough to warrant a "Best of 7" post. But the icing on the cake is that Vaughan revealed some sales data last week for the series thus far -- and business has been good for the talented team.

No doubt the well-regarded writer of Y The Last Man and Saga and artist of Daredevil and Amazing Spider-Man could have taken their creator-owned series anywhere, but instead they elected to try out something new. Under their Panel Syndicate imprint, they launched The Private Eye as a "pay-what-you-want" 10-issue digital comic. Now on its eighth issue, Vaughan shared some details on how the book is doing, as reported on The Beat.

"Even though readers can still pay whatever they want for our DRM-free files (including nothing!), artist Marcos Martin, colorist Muntsa Vicente and I are proud to reveal that The Private Eye is already well into the six figures for both issues downloaded AND dollars earned," Vaughan said, "and that’s without advertising, corporate backers, Comixology-like distributors, or even a Kickstarter campaign."

Their experiment has been successful enough that Panel Syndicate will soon feature a second title. Vaughan notes in the latest issue of The Private Eye that they'll be releasing a comic by a different creator soon -- "someone I'm confident is going to surprise and delight you." I'm looking forward to it.

Check out a preview from issue #8 below. You can download all the issues thus far of The Private Eye on the Panel Syndicate website.

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