|9:00 AM, Monday, March 10th, 2014 - Posted by Brant Fowler|
This year, ComiXology celebrates the one-year anniversary of the launch of the Submit Self-Publishers program. To celebrate this speciall occasion, ComiXology announced at the South by Southwest Gaming Expo (SXSW) they would be presenting a very special limited time deal.
The deal is a Submit Starter Pack, which is a bundle of the top 100 books in the Submit program. This bundle of 100 digital comics is only $10! That's a savings of over $300!
If that wasn't enough to intrigue you - and really, how could it not be? - then consider this. The 100 books include offerings from stellar publishers like Oni Press, creative and critically acclaimed independents like Watson and Holmes and Super!, and the very popular Doc Unknown.
If you're looking to give some new, unique titles a try and step outside of the larger publishers, this is an absolutely great place to start!
But you have to act fast, as the deal expires TONIGHT, March 10th at 11:59pm EDT!
Find the Submit Starter Pack here, and read the full press release in our forums here.
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|5:00 PM, Tuesday, January 28th, 2014 - Posted by Chuck Moore|
Everyone is jumping into the web and digital comics game these days but the startup Tapastic is promising something different. Its recent announcement that it has raised a new $2 milliion round of funding is turning heads.
Targeting an initial presentation as a webcomics portal, founder and CEO Chang Kim sees Tapastic as targeting not just the comic crowd but online visual storytelling in general. He comes from Google having headed up Blogger in the past and sees a recent partnership with Daum Communications (the company that operates the largest webcomic portal in South Korea) as positioning well to make a large splash. Using visual storytelling in a broader way may set this company apart over time, but the 70/30 revenue model (with the larger amount going to the creator) is already attracting creators. Daum, the partner company, has already had tremendous success in South Korea taking webcomic properties to film and television.
Start to finish, Tapastic is most certainly a company to watch!
Chuck Moore writing for ComicRelated.com / Source: TechCrunch
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|10:30 AM, Wednesday, January 15th, 2014 - Posted by Brant Fowler|
First, the Amazing Spider-Man image was leaked, then it was confirmed, and then advance solicits were released. Now, we learn that there will also be an Infinite Comic!
Coupled with the print relaunch of Amazing Spider-Man #1 this April, Marvel is also putting out a 13-part Infinite Comics Amazing Spider-Man story written by Joshua Hale Fialkov with art by Juan Bobillo.
The story starts with Peter Parker having lost all of his memory. Explains Fialkov in an interview on Marvel.com. He doesn't know who he is. He's in the process of robbing a bank, and doing so wearing a full body stocking. He finds out, in the process of the first installment that he's Spider-Man.
Peter is put through the paces and has to go through with the farce or risk his identity being revealed. He has to ask himself if he's robbing a bank, how does he still be the best guy he can be while being a bad guy.
That's what's great about Peter. Says Fialkov. You can put him in horrific situations, but it's inherent in him to deal with things with a light touch.
The Infinite Comics Amazing Spider-Man story drops to your favorite digital device in April.
Read the entire interview on Marvel.com
Here's the official press release about the story:
AMAZING SPIDER-MAN: WHO AM I? Launches in April as Marvel's Next INFINITE COMIC Series!
Your Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man Returns in Marvel's Latest Infinite Comic!
Gear up for a Spider-Man epic unlike any other in Amazing Spider-Man: Who Am I? - the latest game-changing Infinite Comic hitting digital devices this April! Following hits like Wolverine: Japan's Most Wanted, Iron Man: Fatal Frontier, and the recent Deadpool: The Gauntlet, AMAZING SPIDER-MAN: WHO AM I? 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 the medium's greatest strengths!
Blockbuster writer Dan Slott (Amazing Spider-Man, Superior Spider-Man) joins red hot writer Joshua Hale Fialkov (Ultimate Comics Ultimates) along with artists Juan Bobillo & Antonio Fabela with layouts by Geoffo Beauleau & JL Mast to take the recently-returned wallcrawler to places you never though - the criminal underworld!
"The story starts with Peter Parker having lost all of his memory. He doesn't know who he is. He's in the process of robbing a bank," says series writer Joshua Hale Fialkov in an interview with Marvel.com. "If you remove identity and get to the core of who Peter Parker really is, is he a hero? Would he act as a hero, when presented with the opportunities of a villain?"
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.
With a freshly returned Peter Parker seemingly turned to a life of crime, what does this mean for the hero once known as the Amazing Spider-Man? Find out in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN: WHO AM I? this October!
Available right at your fingertips, these new Infinite Comics will be available for purchase this May on the Marvel Comics app (for iPhone®, iPad®, iPod Touch® & AndroidTMdevices) and online in the Marvel Digital Comics Shop!
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|2:00 PM, Friday, December 20th, 2013 - Posted by Brant Fowler|
Archie Comics continues to grow the digital side of their business model with a new partnership. As the press release states, Archie has teamed "with BlueToad, a leading technology provider in the digital publishing industry." This partnership will extend the reach of Archie Comics digital offerings into new digital marketplaces and territories.
On December 3rd, Archie announced the Archie Comics App on the Windows Store, and this was apparently the first project under this new partnership with BlueToad. They've also developed the Android App for Archie, which is now available through the Amazon Appstore and Android. Both offer a subscription option for $9.99 per month as well.
"We're very excited about Archie's continuous growth in the digital market and by partnering with the esteemed company BlueToad, we're confident they will propel us to new heights," stated Archie Comics Publisher and co-CEO Jon Goldwater.
"BlueToad is thrilled to support Archie Comics in their quest to introduce their content to new audiences across a wide range of devices. Our content forward design showcases the legendary look and feel of Archie Comics." explains Paul DeHart, CEO and President of BlueToad.
As the relationship goes forward, Archie is looking to expand into more Apps and markets, and expand their offerings past the now offered Archie, Betty & Veronica and Life with Archie series to include Afterlife with Archie, Kevin Keller, the Red Circle Comics line and more.
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|5:00 PM, Thursday, December 19th, 2013 - Posted by Brant Fowler|
There are tons of newly released Digital titles to keep you busy reading over the holidays.
First up, Dark Horse has added over 20 new titles to their digital store. These include B.P.R.D. Hell on Earth #114, Buzzkill #4, Ghost #1, Itty Bitty Hellboy #5, Nexus Omnibus Volume 4, and many more.
Haven't tried out their new series, Never Ending? It's on there as well. And we here at CR can't recommend the Dark Horse Star Wars comics enough. new offerings include Star Wars: Dark Times - A Spark Remains #5, Star Wars: Dawn of the Jedi - Force War #1, and Dark Horse Staff Pick, Star Wars: Darth Vader and the Cry of Shadows #1.
STAR WARS: DARTH VADER AND THE CRY OF SHADOWS #1
During the Clone Wars, a single trooper-left for dead during battle-comes to hate the Jedi generals who abandoned him. Years later, he lives on, bitter and angry, until hearing tales of a great warrior. Now, this clone believes he may have found the leader he should have been following all along . . . Darth Vader!
Dark Horse also carries Dynamite Entertainment titles in their store. And new releases from Dynamite include Codename: Action #4, Mark Waid's Green Hornet #8, The Spider #16, Red Sonja #6, and Jim Butcher's The Dresden Files: Ghoul Goblin to name a few.
Dark Horse is also offering bundle packs of The Chronicles of Conan.
DC Entertainment also has their latest titles up digitally, like Batman & Two-Face #26, Forever Evil: Rogues Rebellion #3, Teen Titans GO! #2, and their Spotlight Pick, Harley Quinn #1!
You can see full listings here.
HARLEY QUINN #1
Written by: Amanda Conner, Jimmy Palmiotti
Art by: Chad Hardin
Cover by: Amanda Conner
Harley is set to begin her new life, but she needs a job first! Enter the Coney Island Roller Derby! It's game time as Harley sets out to destroy her competition-literally!
DC also has new offerings at a lower price, including Animal Man #24, Birds of Prey #24, He-Man and the Masters of the Universe #7, 100 Bullets: Brother Lono #5, and Fables #134, among others.
And there are many other offerings as well. Check them out here.
Not to be left out, DriveThruComics.com also has some new titles, like Gunnerkrigg Court #1 from Archaia, which you can get FREE, Think Tank #11 from Top Cow, 10th Muse: Giant-Sized, and the manga, Countdown 7 Days Vol. 1.
FREE PRODUCT OF THE WEEK
GUNNERKRIGG COURT #1
Antimony Carver is a precocious young girl enrolled at gloomy Gunnerkrigg Court, a very British boarding school that has robots running around alongside bodysnatching demons, forest gods, and odd mythical creatures.
The first volume of the award-winning web series chronicles Antimony's first year at the schoolwhere she begins to unravel the many mysterious hidden in within Gunnerkrigg Court.
Find more from DriveThruComics.com here.
Pro Se Productions has also joined the digital game featuring ebooks with their digital imprint, PRO SE SINGLE SHOT.
Pro Se Productions, a cutting edge independent Publisher, announced the beginning of a new digital line. The best short fiction in Genre Fiction and New Pulp will now be available asdigital ebook singles through Pro Se Productions' PRO SE SINGLE SHOT digital imprint.
"There's nothing like," says Tommy Hancock, Pro Se's Editor in Chief, "a really good short story to an avid reader. And now, thanks to the wonders of eBooks, the ability to pick up one story instead of an entire collection is literally at a fan's fingertips. Whether it's a story from an existing collection, like the first four in the debut of our PRO SE SINGLE SHOT line, or tales to tease an upcoming work, or even short stories exclusive to the imprint, PRO SE SINGLE SHOT lets readers get a taste of New Pulp in easy to read and easy to get bites."
PRO SE SINGLE SHOT titles will be available for 99 cents via Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Smashwords.
Although word count will vary, the featured stories will generally be 15,000 words or less. Covers for the Ebooks will either be redesigned covers of the full length collections the stories appear in or, for the tales exclusive to the line, newly commissioned works of art.
To kick off the line, Pro Se Productions has taken four of the best stories from its existing catalog and made them into Pro Se Single Shots. Ferguson's story, as featured in BLACK PULP, joins Andrea Judy's 'The Bone Queen'- the original short story introducing her stunning Pulp villainess in THE PULPTRESS collection, as well as two tales from Barry Reese's REESE UNLIMITED imprint- 'Kaslov's Fire' from THE ROOK VOLUME 2 SPECIAL EDITION and 'The Girl with the Phantom Eyes,' from THE ADVENTURES OF LAZARUS GRAY VOLUME ONE.
The first four singles- THE BONE QUEEN, THE GIRL WITH THE PHANTOM EYES, DILLON AND THE ALCHEMIST'S MORNING COFFEE, and KASLOV'S FIRE are now available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Smashwords. Four additional singles will be released the week of Christmas as a second wave in the line's premiere. After that, at least two new singles will be released every two weeks.
Learn more at www.prose-press.com
And not to be out done, ComiXology announced yesterday that they were adding over 700 French Language books from the Delcourt Group.
LANFEUST DE TROY
Over 700 French language titles from Delcourt Group (Editions Delcourt, Soleil Productions & Tonkam) are now available in the U.S. and Canada through comiXology, the revolutionary cloud-based digital comics platform available across the iPhone, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire, Windows 8, and www.comixology.com. This release of French language comics, and Bande Dessinee for the US and Canada is something no comics fan will want to to miss.
Whether you speak French yourself, have been looking for a fun way to learn, or are just curious, visit comixology.com today to see all of our latest French language content!
"Just as we were excited to launch these French language titles through comiXology in Europe now we're just as thrilled to be able to digitally debut these books in the US and Canada," said comiXology co-founder and CEO David Steinberger. "And to read these wonderful French Bande Dessinee and comics with comiXology's cinematic Guided View reading technology is a great experience for any comics fan."
"ComiXology has helped bring the great Delcourt and Soleil library of Bande Dessinee and comics to digital and now they are helping us debut in the US & Canada, we couldn't be happier," said Delcourt Group's founder and publisher Guy Delcourt. "They are unmatched in the digital comics space and we could think of no better way to present our BD and comics than through comiXology's simply amazing platform."
Delcourt Group, the 2nd largest publisher in France, now features on comiXology a library of over 700 titles including popular French Language series such as Lanfeust, Trolls de Troy, Les Legendaires, La Rose Écarlate, Noob, Promethee, Le Chant des Stryges and many more.
American comics fans can also rejoice knowing that French language versions of hit series like Criminal, League of Extraordinary Gentlemen: Century, Chew and more are also available now.
The expansion into France started this past January, when comiXology announced the formation of comiXology Europe, a division headquartered in Paris, France. Since then comiXology has signed more than 40% of French comic publisher in France, including Aelement Comics, Akileos, Ankama, Éditions Ça et Là, Glenat, I Can Fly, Indeez Urban Éditions, Panini & more.
With over 40,000 comics and graphic novels from more than 75 publishers, comiXology offers the widest selection of digital comics in the world. ComiXology's immense catalog and unique Guided View reading experience is available across the iPhone, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire, Windows 8 and the Web-making it the best digital platform for comic and graphic novel fans worldwide.
Of course, ComiXology also has their regular new releases, ranging from Marvel and DC, to IDW and BOOM! Studios, to Valiant, Archie and ComixTribe. You can see them all here.
So that should keep you busy without ever having to leave your warm, cozy living room, and still get to enjoy some amazing comic entertainment! Happy Holidays!
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|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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