I still buy comics, but I’m way behind in my reading. I spent part of my maternity leave trying to catch up, but only partially succeeded. I got through my Marvels and most of my DCs, but there are plenty of independents I need to read. The problem? Comics are too physical. Do I have all of the issues? Where did I put them? Did I finish the last issue, or am I just half-way through? And who spilled apple juice on the cover? And forget going to the comic book store – no time. I have them delivered.

That said, I read a lot of books before I went back to work — all on my Kindle for iPhone. The screen was easy to read, I could always tell where I left off, and I could read whatever I wanted with one hand. I didn’t have to worry about where I’d left the book or whether my bookmark had fallen out. Why can’t reading comics be as simple?

It’s starting to look like maybe it will be. I’ve been hearing rumors of an Apple tablet for years, but this latest round seems pretty credible. It looks very likely like we’ll see this tablet in the next year or so. Coincidentally, LongBox is a company which is developing an iTunes-like store for comics (great concept; lousy website so far). Depending on how this works out, this could be a partnership made in comic geek heaven. No more storing comics in big boxes. No more accidentally missing an issue or buying the same comic twice. No more worrying about random toddler incidents.

So, Apple, hurry up with that tablet already.