The Private Eye

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Cover art for The Private Eye #1 (March 2013).

The Private Eye was a science fiction mystery digital comic written by Brian K. Vaughan, drawn by Marcos Martín and colored by Muntsa Vicente. The first issue was published by Panel Syndicate in March 2013. In 2015, the series won an Eisner Award for Best Digital/Webcomic[1] and the Harvey Award for Best Online Comics Work.[2]

The series is set in 2076, a time after "the cloud has burst", revealing everyone's secrets. As a result, there is no more Internet, and people are excessively guarded about their identity, to the point of appearing only masked in public. The story followed an unlicensed journalist, a "paparazzo", who is involved in a mysterious plot.[3]

The Private Eye, which lasted 10 issues, was self-published by its creators digitally through their website, Panel Syndicate, in DRM-free formats. Readers were allowed to determine how much they wanted to pay per issue.[3] To date Panel Syndicate has published comics in English, Spanish, Catalan, Portuguese and French.[4] The Private Eye and Panel Syndicate have received critical acclaim and media attention for its role as one of the first DRM-free, pay what you want comics.[5][6] In December 2015, the series was published in hardcover by Image Comics.[7]


  1. ^ Eisner Awards current info. Retrieved 13 July 2015
  2. ^ Harvey Awards official website. Accessed on August 22, 2015. Archived from the original on August 18, 2015.
  3. ^ a b Matheson, Whitney (19 March 2013). "Read this comic: 'The Private Eye'". USA Today. Retrieved 19 March 2013.
  4. ^ The Private Eye - Download Comic Retrieved 14 July 2013
  5. ^ Sava, Oliver. "Brian K. Vaughan's The Private Eye is a bold move forward for digital comics". The A.V. Club. Retrieved 14 July 2013.
  6. ^ Johnson, Mark. "The Private Eye: The First Digital Blockbuster And How That Changes Everything". Bleeding Cool. Retrieved 14 July 2013.
  7. ^ Brian K. Vaughan announce Walking Dead story for Panel Syndicate at Image Expo Retrieved 20 April 2016

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