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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
LAUNCHED TODAY


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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FREE ROCKET RACOON INFINITE COMIC THIS WEEKEND ONLY!

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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SDCC 2013 - Marvel: House of Ideas Panel

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.

Source: Marvel.com

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Marvel Announces Second Weekly Infinite Comics Series

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!

Source: Marvel

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Wolverine: Japan's Most Wanted Begins Today

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:

WOLVERINE: JAPAN'S MOST WANTED
An All-New 13-Part Weekly Infinite Comic Series Begins TODAY!

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!

Source: Marvel

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Dark Horse Digital Summer Blockbuster Sale

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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Meet Your Makers - comiXology Summer Event

2:00 PM, Thursday, June 27th, 2013 - Posted by Brant Fowler

ComiXology is making history as the digital publisher presents its first big summer event, in the grand tradition of the comic industry. It's the "Meet Your Makers" event, where they introduce readers to the creators behind the various titles they offer. From now until San Diego Comic Con, each week they'll be revealing aspects of the event.

The company, founded in 2007, has become an industry leader in the world of digital comics, and offers many comics from mainstream to independents.

Below is the official press release for the event:

ComiXology Announces
Their First Summer Event!


Fans... MEET YOUR MAKERS!


A celebration of comic creators and the creation of comics

This summer, fans... Meet Your Makers - comiXology's first summer event celebrating comic creators and the creation of comics. Each week from now until Comic-Con International '13, comiXology will reveal a new aspect of the Meet Your Makers event celebrating the people behind your favorite comics and the act of creating comics.

"Without comic creators there wouldn't be any comics to enjoy, so all of us at comiXology wanted to use the summer to have a celebration of comic creators and the creation of comics," said comiXology co-founder and CEO David Steinberger. "We can't wait until people see what we have in store for this event!"

"At comiXology we're proud of our ability to help creators get their work to all corners of the globe," said comiXology co-founder John D. Roberts. "And we wanted to take the summer to give back to those creators that have given us so much."

As part of their commitment to creators, this past March comiXology debuted comiXology Submit, an easy to use self-publishing portal that enables independent comic book creators to reach comiXology's global audience of comic fans.

Today, comiXology is proud to announce that it is a minor sponsor in both the Eisner Awards Ceremony and the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund Welcome Party that both take place during Comic-Con International. These sponsorships are just one part of comiXology's commitment to the greater comic book industry and also give support to two comic book industry institutions that have aided and celebrated creators for decades. This summer also marks comiXology's second year as a corporate member of the CBLDF.

Stay tuned for further announcements.

About comiXology
Founded in 2007, comiXology has revolutionized the comic book and graphic novel industry by delivering a cloud-based digital comics platform that makes discovering, buying, and reading comics more fun than ever before. ComiXology's Guided View™ reading technology transforms the comic book medium into an immersive and cinematic experience, helping comiXology become one of iTunes top 10 grossing iPad apps in both 2011 and 2012. Offering the broadest library of comic book content from the top 75 publishers, and including independent creators as well, comiXology will not stop until everyone on the face of the planet has become a comic book fan. A privately held company, comiXology is based in New York City. For more information visit www.comixology.com.

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Superman 201 Sale! Get Digital Comics for only $.99 each!

5:00 PM, Thursday, June 13th, 2013 - Posted by Brant Fowler

This being Superman Month, and Man of Steel hitting theaters tomorrow, DC Comics is holding a digital sale on a bunch of Superman comics! Covering the first appearance way back in 1938 all the way through the beginning of the New 52 in 2011. All for just $.99 each!






Source: DC Comics

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Exclusive Man of Steel Content on Nokia Lumia

8:00 AM, Sunday, June 2nd, 2013 - Posted by Brant Fowler

Nokia Lumia is gives us a treat while waiting for the Man of Steel movie next week with the exclusive Man of Steel app! And through the app, you can win tickets to the New York premier, get all kinds of exclusive images and games, watch trailers and more. Here's the official word from them after the jump:

As we wait for the most anticipated movie of the summer, Warner Brother's Man of Steel(TM), its official app is now available exclusively on Nokia Lumia Windows Phone 8 devices in the Windows Phone Store here.

Fans who can't wait to line up for the Christopher Nolan film can get into the early action through the app features:
  • Take part in a photo competition and stand a chance to win tickets to the New York premier
  • Four chapters w/40 game challenges that reveal rewards - unlock wallpapers, ringtones and DC Comics digital comic books (full length Superman Origins by DC Comics)
  • Watch the latest movie trailers, bios of the cast, info on Man of Steel filming locations and follow the latest buzz about the Man of Steel
  • Using the share menu on Lumia, you can let your friends know as you unlock rewards and photos created in the Man of Steel application, and you can do this over text messaging or on social networks
  • Find nearby theaters with HERE Maps while also being able to buy tickets right from the app through MovieTickets.com (US, UK) and Fandango (US)
  • Countdown timer until the theatrical release

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King Conan Available on Dark Horse Digital

9:00 AM, Friday, May 31st, 2013 - Posted by Brant Fowler

Recently, Dark Horse launched a brand new Conan series, KING CONAN: THE HOUR OF THE DRAGON, which is an adaptation of Robert E. Howard's only Conan novel. And now the first issue is available through Dark Horse Digital.

King Conan has faced many threats over the years. None more of these threats is more deadly than a traitorous alliance backed by the resurrected sorcerer Xaltotun, who is so powerful he can command to mountains crumble. A fan-favorite creative team returns to Conan, with writer Timothy Truman, penciler Tomás Giorello, colorist Jose Villarrubia, and cover artist Gerald Parel. We aim to push the Conan awesomeness to the limit! Get issue #1 now!

In other DH Digital news, LAST OF US: AMERICAN DREAMS #2 is also available, and next week comes EMPOWERED. Check out more DH Digital releases here.

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