Comixology Goes DRM-Free On Selected Publishers

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TweetIf you look at the history of digital music, the combination of a standardized format, moderate pricing (compared to CDs) and DRM-free files were what sparked sales.  Comics still doesn’t have a standardized format or a lower pricing tier for new issues, but DRM-free just turned up.  Comixology has announced they’re going to be having […]

SDCC ’14: Comixology announces DRM-free backups for Image, Top Shelf, Dynamite, Monkeybran, Thrillbent

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TweetWith a line up of publishers yet unknown, Comixology has announced that from now on publishers will be able to choose a DRM-free option for their comics downloads. It’s both an acknowledgement of the reality of technology and a pretty forward facing move for a company that faces some skepticism since being acquired by Amazon. […]

Is Diamond Selling Digital Comics For DC?

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TweetIs Diamond going to be selling DC’s digital comics?  It certainly looks that way.  As you may recall, Diamond entered into a new digital partnership with Trajectory in May.  Here’s a bit from the Publisher’s Weekly piece on it: Jim Bryant, CEO of Trajectory, said the new deal reflects “a significant amount of demand around […]

Report: Digital comics sales at $90 million in 2013

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Tweet Milton Griepp has run his annual analysis of digital comics sales and the numbers are up again. He reports that digital was at $90 million in 2013, up $20 million from 2012. Although the percentage growth isn’t as big as in past years (Last year saw a $45 mil 180% jump from 2012) it’s […]

Sales Chart: Apple iBooks Comics Bestsellers, June 29, 2014

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Sales Charts! You love them, I love them, and here’s one I haven’t linked to before. Publishers Weekly (my other job) is running category best sellers lists for Apple’s iBooks portal and here’s the line for the last week of June. I’m pubbing the whole list this time just to get you sale chart analysts ginned up, but in the future a link will do. Note these books are iBooks format and not via Comixology.

Wombats, Beasticles, Eggs, Robots and Squinckidoodles: Moose Kid Comics is Available Free Right Now

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TweetI’ve been waiting all weekend to recommend this to you, but Jamie Smart’s all-ages digital comic Moose Kid Comics hit the internet last Friday. A 30-odd page anthology of kids comics, the book features all sorts of people like Jess Bradley, Sarah McIntyre, Neill Cameron and Smart himself – it’s a who’s who of UK […]

Viz joins Comixology

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Tweet After a long wooing period, Viz has finally joined Comixology. Viz has its own ebook portal for manga and so was no stranger to digital, despite the difficulties inherent in getting Japanese material on digital. However now some 500 titles are available via the Comixology paltform.  Among them some of the world’s most popular […]

WOOL graphic novel now available on Comixology and Amazon

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Tweet The graphic novel adaptation of Hugh Howey’s WOOL is now available in a serialized digital format via comiXology and Amazon.com. The adaptation, by Jimmy Palmiotti, Justin Gray and Jimmy Broxton, will be serialized in six parts for digital platforms. It’s one of the first offerings from Jet City, Amazon’s own in-house graphic novel arm. […]

Interview: Mark Waid Talks Re-Establishing his “Empire”

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TweetBy Matt O’Keefe Over ten years in the making, Mark Waid and Barry Kitson’s Empire is finally back. Volume 2 just debuted as on Thrillbent as a comic. I spoke to Mark about transitioning the series and updates on Thrillbent’s iOS app and new subscription model service. Can you describe Empire for those who haven’t […]

Electricomics: Alan Moore Reinvents Comics. Again.

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Tweet Alan Moore, Writer, along with Leah Moore, Editor Anything that has the tagline ‘Not so much pushing the envelope of comicbook storytelling as folding it up to make a nice hat‘ just shouts Alan Moore, doesn’t it? But there’s no point my trying to tell you what it’s all about where there’s a handy […]

By the numbers: Doctor Who Humble Bundle now at more than $500k

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Tweet We’re not going to keep doing weekly updates on comics Humble Bundles, but since this is a new way of promoting comics—digital bundles on a pay-what-you-want model to a mostly gaming audience—is seems worth checking in on the first couple. The first comics Related HUmble Bundle was with Image comics, and raised about $400,000. […]

Is Apple fighting back against Amazon/Comixology with DC Comics special?

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Tweet When Amazon purchased leading digital comics provider Comixology and subsequently removed in-app purchases from Comixology on iOS devices to avoid paying Apple a 30% cut, the big question was whether Apple would notice and act or not. Motley Fool has a typical think piece on the matter here. While Comixology absolutely put digital comics […]

Free Comics! The Comics Unmasked Digital Anthology

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Tweet Yesterday I wrote about the important Comics Unmasked art show on at the British Library. For those of us who can’t go see it in perseon, we can still get a 150 page digital anthology of comics from the show, via Sequential. Here’s what you get: This free digital anthology gives you over 150 […]

C2E2: Digital Comics: The Next Page

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by Johanna Draper Carlson

Promising a look into the technological future, “Digital Comics: The Next Page” featured a variety of perspectives on making digital comics. Hosted by Josh Elder, account director at iVerse Media (and writer of Scribblenauts Unmasked for DC), the panel featured

* Jim Chadwick, editor of DC Comics’ DC Squared and digital-first titles, including the popular Injustice
* Jen Brazas, webcomic cartoonist since 2004
* Christina Blanch and Mark Waid, both of Thrillbent, described as a “digital comic platform experimenting with all forms of digital comic distribution in the 21st century”.

iVerse CEO Michael Murphey, originally listed as participating, did not appear.

Op-Ed: “Comixology has gone from virtual spinner rack to virtual comics shop”

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Tweet By “Cornelius Stuyvesant” [This opinion piece was submitted to us; the author would rather not use his name, but we thought it was sufficiently indicative of some opinions on the new Comixology App that it was worth running. The opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect those of The Beat -- Editor] Comixology has always […]

New ComiXology: Publishers can run their storefront apps for now

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Tweet Just in case you were at your mountain retreat over the weekend, the big news was that the new Amazon/Comixology moved swiftly to disable in app purchases via ioS. Comixology issued a new app, where you can sync up your purchases after download. There were also changes to the Android app: now you CAN […]