I love minicomics. To me, they are the most perfect form of comics - comics in their most refined state. They are a formal embodiment of comics' most attractive feature: comics, unlike film or theatre or even music, require no collaboration, no real financial resources to make happen. One person can do it all. With minicomics, that person is not only producing the work, but more often than not printing, assembling and stapling the things as well. If comics are the people's artform, minicomics are its most accessible manifestation.
So if it's a digital minicomic, is it still a minicomic? Who knows? I don't know if I'm that bothered about the label, to be honest. If I'm concerned about anything, it's that being sold as a proper comic alongside a lot of slickly-produced material might give readers unrealistic expectations. The nice thing about putting a physical minicomic into somebody's hands is that the format has a kind of in-built humility to it. It says, "Don't expect Maus here. This is just a bit of fun." I hope that, even without those visual cues, Comixology's customers will approach this throwaway, trifling bit of fluff in the right spirit.
All this is irrelevant to you, the Hotel Fred reader, of course. Simply by reading this, you have all the context you'll ever need - and a DRM-free version of the comic if you want it, to boot.
Anyway. All of this gives me an excuse to share these graphics I created for Comixology...
I shall keep you posted about my digital adventures.