Yeah...yeah...the whole world is going digital. I know. I still like paper. I draw with a pencil. I ink with...well, INK. I've purchased 5 books in the past month. TANGIBLE books. A book to me is more than the read...it's something. I read two newspapers every morning. The kind that you spread out on your kitchen table and turn actual pages. I tear out feature articles I want to give a closer read later on and rip out recipes and cut out the occassional cartoon strip to stick on my fridge.
And speaking of cartoon strips...I love looking at real works of cartoon art. There's something mesmerizing and amazing about actually seeing the brush strokes, the pen scratches and the light traces of erased pencil sketchings...knowing that the ink on the page was connected to the creator. Somehow it makes the art more real. Does that sound weird? I don't care. It's true. I enjoy the cartoon whether I read it in a book or read it online. But seeing the art up close and personal is a different experience all together.
Digital has its place. And its place is expanding at the speed of light. I know that as well as anyone. My head's not stuck in the sand.
But...I kinda think the all-encompassing, ever-expanding take-over of digital is doing something we probably don't even realize most of the time. It's making paper a little more "real"...and a little more personal...and a lot more special.