|9:00 PM, Saturday, November 16th, 2013 - Posted by Brant Fowler|
Heroic Publishing's digital comics are making the jump to ComiXology in 2014, beginning with Alter Ego #1.
Heroic is the publisher known for such titles as Liberty Girl, Flare, Champions, Chrissie Clause and various other Golden Age inspired titles.
Here's the official press release about the new endeavor:
Alter Ego #1 Spotlighted in November Comixology Promo
The Heroes of Heroic Publishing are headed to the #1 digital comics service. Heroic, the California-based publisher of FLARE, CHAMPIONS, and others has been publishing since 1987 and is best known for their line-up of self-assured, sexy super-heroines. Comixology is the leading distributor of digital comics in the United States, with a significant worldwide presence too. So far, titles including ALTER EGO, CHAMPIONS, and CHRISSIE CLAUS have been approved for Comixology distribution. More of Heroic's extensive library will roll out through Comixology in 2014.
The first Heroic comic available, ALTER EGO #1 is priced at only 99 cents. Created by legendary writer and editor Roy Thomas, with co-writer Dann Thomas and artist Ron Harris, ALTER EGO is the story of teenager Rob Lindsay, who finds a magic mask that transports him to a world where comic book super-heroes of the Golden Age are real. Drawing upon Roy Thomas' experience a co-founder of comics fandom and as the top writer of characters of the 1940s at Marvel and DC, the landmark series celebrated its twenty-fifth anniversary in 2012 with a brand new issue (#5) which paid homage to the crime comics of the 1950s.
"We're definitely looking forward to working with ComiXology, and eventually bringing our entire line of classic comics, as well as new upcoming issues to a new audience of digital comic book readers" said Heroic publisher Dennis Mallonee.
Heroic is represented for digital rights by licensing agency Grand Design Communications.
Heroic Publishing's comic book titles are distributed exclusively by Heroic Distribution's online web service. Retailers interested in carrying this and other Heroic Publishing titles should register for a free retail account at www.heroicmultiverse.com/heroicdist
Source: Heroic Publishing
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|7:00 PM, Tuesday, August 13th, 2013 - Posted by Chuck Moore|
8 Most-Loved Shonen Jump Manga Series Including BLUE EXORCIST, BLEACH, NARUTO, NISEKOI, ONE PIECE And More Debut Today In The U.K. On Barnes & Noble's NOOK HD and NOOK HD+ Tablets!
San Francisco, CA, August 12, 2013 - VIZ Media continues to expand its digital publishing presence in the U.K. with the launch of several of its bestselling manga (graphic novel) titles in the Barnes & Noble U.K. NOOK Store. VIZ Media will debut all currently available volumes for eight popular series from its Shonen Jump imprint, which will be available starting today to U.K. NOOK customers with the award-winning NOOK HD and NOOK HD+ tablets, as well through the Free NOOK Reading Apps for iOS and Android. Pricing for these digital volumes will be 4.99 punds each.
The following manga titles are available today:
BLEACH Vols. 1-57 * Rated 'T' for Teens
BLUE EXORICIST Vols. 1-10 * Rated 'T+' for Older Teens
DRAGON BALL Vols. 1-16 * Rated 'T' for Teens
NISEKOI: FALSE LOVE Vols. 1-4 * Rated 'T' for Teens
NARUTO Vols. 1-62 * Rated 'T' for Teens
ONE PIECE Vols. 1-67 * Rated 'T' for Teens
RUROUNI KENSHIN: RESTORATION Vol. 1 * Rated 'T' for Teens
TORIKO Vols. 1-17 * Rated 'T' for Teens
"This is the first time these series will be available digitally anywhere outside of North America and we're extremely excited to work with NOOK on this groundbreaking partnership to bring some of our best-loved Shonen Jump manga titles to avid manga readers across the United Kingdom," says Gagan Singh, Executive Vice President and CTO. "Moving forward, all new volumes for these series will also debut digitally in the U.K. NOOK Store on the same day that they come out in print in North America!"
"NOOK is committed to offering customers the very best in digital reading from across all genres, and we are pleased to be the first platform to bring digital Viz Media manga titles to the UK," said Jim Hilt, Managing Director, Barnes & Noble S.a r.l. "More and more readers are looking to access the best in manga and digital graphic novels, and through strong relationships with publishers like Viz Media, NOOK is well positioned to continue to deliver the leading selection of this unique and popular content."
Viewing manga on NOOK is an authentic experience thanks to NOOK's innovative technology that formats manga in its original right-to-left reading order. Manga fans can access their favorite graphic novels on the award-winning NOOK HD and NOOK HD+ tablets, which feature stunning HD displays that enable customers to fully enjoy the artwork and compelling storytelling that brings this genre to life. Viz Media manga titles will also be available on the Free NOOK Reading Apps for iOS and Android devices, available for download at
For more information on VIZ Media manga titles, please visit www.VIZ.com.
For more information on NOOK U.K., please visit uk.nook.com.
Source: Viz Media
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|6:00 PM, Thursday, August 1st, 2013 - Posted by Brant Fowler|
Uproar Comics is a go, and the D.E.C. has landed!
"Not Dead Yet" is the debut title for Uproar Comics' lates venture: The Digital Experience Comic Series (D.E.C.).
Launching yesterday, the D.E.C. Version 1.0 presents the first installment of "Not Dead Yet" containing eight post-apocalyptic stories, totalling 93 pages of animated awesomeness. In addition to that, there are 5 unlockable character bios with back stories, audio tracks and more. All for just £1.99 (about $3.00 US). Here's more about the comic:
"Not Dead Yet" is an animated, interactive, motion comic incarnation of the Multi-Award Winning Comic series"Zombies Hi ". And When we imagined comics moving before your eyes, the added dimension of Sound and a host of collectable and unlockable features, we knew we had to make "Not Dead Yet".
Digital comics has been a rising medium and one which we here at Uproar HQ are moving forwards in leaps and bounds. The Uproar Comics team is dedicated to ushering a new age of limitless storytelling possibilities. Take a look at our Pilot Projects below for more info on how you could shape the future of digital comics.
Available from the iTunes AppStoreNOW!
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|5:00 PM, Tuesday, July 30th, 2013 - Posted by Brant Fowler|
In honor of the new DC animated movie, Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox, releasing on DVD and Blu-Ray this week, July 31st, DC is holding a special Flashpoint Sale. Starting today, July 30th, DC is selling all Flashpoint comics for $.99 each digitally for the next 7 days! So if you missed the mega event that kicked off the New 52, or you want to read what the new animated feature is based off of, here's your chance to get them cheap and quick!
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|2:00 PM, Monday, July 29th, 2013 - Posted by Brant Fowler|
Barkane is a new comic from Terry McCarthy and Jeff Honeyman that makes the claim of being the "world's first comic designed expressly for smartphones." It's an adventure strip that is available in the iTunes Store and Google Play Store. Trying to break out of the mold of fitting standard size comics into the constraints of a smartphone, McCarthy and Honeyman set out to make something that is meant to be viewed on a such a device.
What the actual story is about, I couldn't tell you beyond what's in the press release below. It's basically about a military commando leading his team on seemingly impossible missions. But I will say that the creation of the story is ambitious, and if it's a well done story, then kudos to them for making it happen. It's nice to see someone take the initiative.
Whether it's actually the first comic designed specifically for a smartphone, I really don't know as I don't own one. Regardless, it's certainly a challenge creatively, and hats off to them if they truly did get out ahead of the pack on this one.
You can check out the full press release below, and you can find links to download it via one of the aforementioned stores here.
WORLD'S FIRST COMIC DESIGNED
EXPRESSLY FOR SMARTPHONES
ANN ARBOR, Michigan, July 29, 2013 - BARKANE™, the world's first adventure comic strip designed expressly for smart phones and tablets launched today and is now available for free download on Apple's iTunes Store for Apple devices and Google's Google Play Store for Android devices.
"Marvel and DC Comics simply make digital copies of their existing print comics," said author and BARKANE creator, Terry McCarthy. "That makes for cumbersome reading on a smart phone. BARKANE is crafted from the ground-up just for smart phones and tablets, so the whole experience is smooth, readable and fun."
According to Jeff Honeyman, Editor and Project Manager, "The app format allows us to be flexible in telling the BARKANE story. It starts with traditional storytelling but borrows from cinema, story-boarding and subtitling to ultimately create a cutting-edge experience. Great characters, great action and intrigue - and we put it right in the palm of your hand, available anytime, anywhere."
BARKANE was developed by McCarthy to tell the exploits of the world's first military commando, Commander Barkane of Carthage, as he and his soldiers roam the ancient Mediterranean solving one impossible military mission after another. BARKANE is exclusively available on and is designed only for the compact electronic screen.
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|9:00 PM, Saturday, July 27th, 2013 - Posted by Brant Fowler|
This weekend only, Marvel is offering a free Rocket Racoon Infinite Comic for FREE! So if you're a Guardians of the Galaxy or Rocket Racoon fan, you have a very limited time to enjoy the FREE comic. You can get it through the Marvel Comics app, as explained in the official press release below.
This weekend from July 26th to July 28th only, take a journey through the stars with Marvel's breakout character from San Diego Comic-Con in the FREE Guardians of the Galaxy: Rocket Raccoon Infinite Comic! Available through the Marvel Comics App, this FREE Infinite digital-first adventure starring everyone's favorite Guardian of the Galaxy is yours for the taking! For his size, Rocket Raccoon sure talks a tall tale, but what happens when his big mouth rubs the galaxy's seediest the wrong way? The fists--and fur--will fly for Marvel's most fearless outlaw! Brought to stunning life using the innovative Infinite Comics story-telling, the free Guardians of the Galaxy: Rocket Raccoon Infinite Comic brings a new universe of excitement of reading comics never thought possible!
And while you're visiting the digital comics storefront, take part in Wolverine's blockbuster weekend with Wolverine: Japan's Most Wanted #3, the latest chapter in a 13-part Infinite Comics epic on-sale now! Suit up with superstar creators Jason Aaron, Jason Latour and Paco Diaz as they take Wolverine on an adventure like you've never experienced before! Stranded in the far reaches of Japan, Wolverine must slice his way not only through the deadly Silver Samurai, but the entire Tokyo police force. Yet even when he's outmanned, outgunned, and on the run, Wolverine is still the best there is at what he does--but he's not the only one. With the endless possibilities of the digital canvas, Wolverine: Japan's Most Wanted #3 is the best there is at what Infinite Comics can offer!
The future of digital comics is NOW! Take the next step in your Marvel experience with
Guardians of the Galaxy: Rocket Raccoon and Wolverine: Japan's Most Wanted #3
Infinite Comics today!
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|1:00 AM, Saturday, July 20th, 2013 - Posted by Brant Fowler|
Yesterday, Marvel held their traditional House of Ideas panel on day one of San Diego Comic-Con International (SDCC). No big announcements yet, but some additional info on some things we already were aware of. Like the digital Wolverine: Japan's Most Wanted comic and other digital projects, as that seemed to be the focus this year.
Here's the official panel description from the SDCC website:
Love having the best comics in the industry on your mobile devices? Want to know how Marvel stays on the cutting edge of technology while bringing you what you love? Want to learn more about Infinite Comics? Well, this panel is for you, True Believer! Get exciting news from Ryan Penagos (executive editorial director of digital), C. B. Cebulski (SVP, creator and content development), and Arune Singh (director of communications) on what's happening with the Marvel Comics App, Marvel Dot Com, Marvel's vast social media presence, and more in this can't-miss panel!
Singh began by introducing the concept of digital comics, talking about the Marvel Digital Comic Shop, the Marvel Comics app and so forth. This goes back to the Re-Evolution initiatives that began it all for Marvel, all the way to the present initiatives building on those basics. From there, he played a trailer for Infinite Comics, which featured edtors Ellie Pyle and Daniel Ketchum, showing off storytelling features in Wolverine: Japan's Most Wanted, which recently launched.
Marvel Editor-in-Chief Axel Alonso stated that "With Infinite Comics, we're not only changing the way you read comics, but the way we make comics." He elaborated, noting the constraints print media has and how with digital media, we're not constricted to the traditional flow of panel stacks.
Brian Michael Bendis then chimed in on how he came to the Guardians of the Galaxy Infinite Comics. Bendis said he took Mark Waid's lead from working on the AvX one, going to Marvel style scripts, which he compared to working on a book report for a book that doesn't yet exist, and allowing the artist to flesh it out. For those not familiar, old Marvel style scripts are plot only, then the artist takes the plot and draws the story. The writer then goes back and adds dialogue to match the art. Talking about the progression of the stories, Bendis claimed for Groot he "wrote The Godfather of Infinite Comics," which Editor Steve Wacker said would have ended up being about 9,000 panels.
Digital expoert Ron Perazza spoke up saying "There's almost an imaginary line between comics and other forms of digital entertainment. With comics, the reader needs to retain control of the experience, not just watch. That's what we're trying to do with Infinite Comics."
The discussion then shifted to the aforementioned Wolverine: Japan's Most Wanted weekly digital series as Penagos invited fans on stage to sample the comic. Written by Jason Aaron and Jason Latour with art by Paco Diaz, the comic costs $2.99 per issue digitally. And following on the heels of that, this October, another weekly digital series launches in Iron Man: Fatal Frontier, by Kieron Gillen, Al Ewing and Lan Medina. Interesting to note is that in the live blog Marvel did during the panel, it was confirmed that weekly digital Infinite Comics would continue for at least the next year, so other characters will soon be getting their own series as well.
Discussion of the Marvel Unlimited subscription service was next, as Penagos noted there were roughly 30 new issues each week through the service. He also said that many are on a six-week delay from print to the subscription service. The service also includes the "This Week in Marvel" podcast, which features Marvel staff talking about the comics they read. And those at Comic-Con who sign up at the booth get an exclusive action figure.
Bendis, ever the hype machine, called the Marvel subscription service the Netflix of comics. His recommendations included Old Man Logan and Nextwave.
The new video show on Marvel's website, Earth's Mightiest Show, hosted by Blair Butler, was discussed next. The first episode featured an interview with Seth Green, as well as with the Man of Action writing team and other Marvel features. During Comic-Con yesterday, Butler interviewed Matt Smith (Doctor Who), as the show will be a general pop culture show. Though Alonso joked that he hoped it would never focus on DC characters.
Some other videos played featuring Marvel AR and other stuff. They discussed Marvel's The Watcher, the weekly news show hosed by Lorrraine Cink, and mentioned starting next week there would be a Watcher page in their comics spotlighting cool stories and features from Marvel.com.
Battle of the Atom, the upcoming X-Men mini-crossover event was talked about next, as they will be releasing a new online game to tie in with the event. There will be more info on Marvel games on Saturday, but they did say that this was only the beginning of Marvel Games and Marvel Publishing working together.
Speaking of games, they mentioned an Infinity tie-in to the Marvels: Avengers Alliance game on Facebook, and noted a Superior Spider-Man costume will be available in the Marvel Heroes MMO game that just recently came out.
There were a few quick questions to wrap things up, but nothing of import. And that's your House of Ideas panel for SDCC 2013.
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|5:30 PM, Wednesday, July 10th, 2013 - Posted by Brant Fowler|
Hot on the heels of the new Wolverine Infinite Comics weekly series from Marvel, comes the second weekly Infinite Comic series IRON MAN: FATAL FRONTIER, which launches in October. The new series, by Kieron Gillen and Al Ewing, ties into the continuity of the monthly Iron Man title, also penned by Gillen. Here is the official word from Marvel following the image:
IRON MAN: FATAL FRONTIER
Blasts Off As Marvel's Second Weekly
INFINITE COMICS Series!
The Armored Avenger Fights for the Future in Marvel's latest Infinite Comic!
New York, NY-July 9th, 2013-Armor up for an Iron Man epic like no other in Iron Man: Fatal Frontier-the latest game-changing Infinite Comic hitting digital devices this October! Following Wolverine: Japan's Most Wanted, Iron Man: Fatal Frontier is designed specifically for mobile devices and fully embraces the technological opportunities. Representing the latest form of comic book storytelling using tablets and smartphones as a new canvas, each new Marvel Infinite Comic continues to take advantage of modern technology while staying true to medium's greatest strengths!
Blockbuster writer Kieron Gillen (Iron Man) & red hot writer Al Ewing (Avengers Assemble) team with fan favorite artist Lan Medina (Venom) to launch Tony Stark into the cold depths of space for a star-spanning adventure that only anInfinite Comic could contain! When an powerful new element is discovered beneath the moon's surface, a cosmic gold rush breaks out between the Marvel Universe's greatest factions and foes-including the Master of Evil himself, Doctor Doom. As chaos erupts, Iron Man must race to the moon-yes, THE MOON-for a knockdown, drag-out war with the Lord of Latveria.
This ties into the continuity of the monthly Iron Man book and you'll see characters from Kieron's run playing crucial roles in this story," explained Marvel Senior Editor Mark Paniccia. "But...something big is going to happen in Iron Man: Fatal Frontier that will impact Tony in moving forward and Tony may never be the same."
Fueled by the overnight success of Infinite Comics, and combined with the demand from fans and creators who saw a world of infinite potential in this new format, these stories are designed specifically for mobile devices and fully embracing the technological opportunities.
"When it comes to technology, Iron Man is always three steps ahead of world," said David Gabriel SVP of Publishing, Print & Digital Sales. "With all the technological innovations that the Infinite Comics hold, Tony will feel right at home in a comic that's light years ahead of anything else."
With this strange element up for grabs, who will claim what might be the greatest power source in the Marvel Universe? Can Iron Man quell the lunar grudge-match and the might of Doom without attracting the entire galaxy's attention? Find out in Iron Man: Fatal Frontier this October!
Available right at your fingertips, these new Infinite Comics will be available for purchase this October on the Marvel Comics app (for iPhone®, iPad®, iPod Touch® & Android™ devices) and online in the Marvel Digital Comics Shop!
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|8:00 PM, Tuesday, July 9th, 2013 - Posted by Brant Fowler|
Back in March, at SXSW, Marvel revealed that two weeks of teasers led to a digital, weekly Wolverine series. Well, today is the launch date for that 13-week comic to begin. It's called WOLVERINE: JAPAN'S MOST WANTED, and is timed to begin just before both San Diego Comic Con next week, and THE WOLVERINE theater release in a week and a half.
The story, like the film, will see Logan in Japan fighting Silver Samurai, ninjas and others. Here is the official word from Marvel with some preview images below:
New York, NY-July 9th, 2013-He's the best there is at what he does, and today Wolverine kicks off an explosive new 13-part Infinite Comic series in Wolverine: Japan's Most Wanted! Blockbuster creators Jason Aaron, Jason Latour and Paco Diaz send Wolverine back to the Far East with a giant target on his back. Marvel brought digital comics to the next-level in early 2012. and now ignited by the red-hot success of Infinite Comics and combined with the demand from fans and creators who saw a world of infinite potential in this new format, Wolverine: Japan's Most Wanted is designed specifically for mobile devices and fully embraces the technological opportunities. This is first time Marvel has ever offered all-new weekly digital comics content-and Marvel is doing it in style! Perfect for new readers, but also set in current continuity to provide interest for long time readers, Wolverine: Japan's Most Wanted tears through the new storytelling possibilities that make Infinite Comics so exciting.
"Following the critical acclaim we had with Guardians Of The Galaxy and Ultimate Spider-Man, fans are primed to immerse themselves in comics like never before as we take advantage of the technical aspects of the digital reading experience and continue to bring them to the next level," explained David Gabriel, SVP of Publishing, Print & Digital Sales. "By providing these comics on a weekly basis, we are furthering our commitment of bringing a new kind of digital reading experience to a wider audience than ever before."
Available right at your fingertips, Wolverine: Japan's Most Wanted is available on the Marvel Comics app (for iPhone®, iPad®, iPod Touch® & AndroidTM devices) and online in the Marvel Digital Comics Shop!
With the Silver Samurai, hordes of ninjas and the deadly Sabretooth hot on Wolverine's tail - will Logan make it out in one piece? So what are you waiting for? Check out Wolverine: Japan's Most Wanted today!
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|9:00 AM, Saturday, June 29th, 2013 - Posted by Brant Fowler|
This weekend only, Dark Horse Digital is holding a Summer Blockbuster sale on all comics with up to 50% savings. Titles like Star Wars, R.I.P.D., Hellboy, Conan, 300, Alients, Terminator, The Mask and much more.
Books regularly $5.99 are now $1.99. Books regularly $24.99 are $7.99. Tons of great savings like this for this weekend only, so act now.
You can find all on sale titles here or by clicking the image below.
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