One that I know of just off the top of my head is Girl Genius
, a funny gaslamp steampunk comic. They sell high resolution PDFs
of the comic, as well as DTF format
of the graphic novels. They don't seem to suffer piracy issues, though afaik printing and content extraction are disabled on the sale PDFs.
I will say that I'm frankly stunned and amazed by the Libertarian ideology being displayed in that post, though
Copyright and patent are government fiats, more about control of innovation than anything else. Without a government there initiating force against infringement of this "right", you'd be stuck trying to convince an arbiter that despite no property having been removed from your custody you are nevertheless a victim of theft. I mean, really! Copyright at its basest is little more than that.
Next up, the popularity issue. I see 1392 members showing on the forums. What's the hit count per day/week/month/year on the site? And for Roswell specifically? I am not disparaging the comics, I enjoy the comics on the site for the most part (even if the superhero genre isn't my favorite, sorry aditandimedh). But do you really believe there's enough existing fan base out there to support a massive piracy effort?
Lastly, studies have shown that a vast majority of downloaders go on to purchase "legitimate" copies from the artists they actually end up enjoying. The major exception is people who like the one song from an album, but really don't care for any of the others they hear and so don't end up paying for the album just to have the one song. Mises, also, has noted that distributing their ebooks actually increases the sales of the paper versions of the books in question. So, let's say that you distribute (for some pay amount) PDFs or something of Roswell and/or Probability Broach. And the worst case scenario, they get massively pirated, happens. What that would mean is that you'd have gotten free advertising for the other products you actually do sell, including the paper comics, knick knacks and even the "officially sanctioned" copies most likely, while at the same time spreading the ideology presented in the stories just that much further. Seriously, win-win. And for the record, I can't find Girl Genius on any of the warez sights I know and love, heh. If Roswell (or Probability Broach) for that matter pops up on them, I will seriously cheer for you guys. Because it means that people outside of the usual crowd will have gotten exposed to the ideas, and you'll probably be getting the revenue stream for your other goods at the least that would result in.