Alarm over Marvel’s future digital plans

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GoodEReader is site that often has interesting digital news, but it just posted an alarmist article called Marvel Phasing out Retail Comic Distribution to Focus on Digital, which frankly is just wacky.

Kelly Angel: “Put a tiny hat on a snake and people go crazy” [Interview]

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TweetKelly Angel is the writer and artist of Anything About Nothing, a webcomic which describes itself better than I ever could. But I shall describe it anyway! A collection of strips, longer-form comics, illustrations and worries about her cats, Anything About Nothing is one of the biggest and most popular web series on Tapastic. Down […]

Bandette’s Coover and Tobin Talk about Digital Comics Going into Print [Interview]

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TweetOne of the real breakout comics of 2013 was Bandette, from the husband and wife team Colleen Coover and Paul Tobin. A digital comic that is creator-owned and sold by Monkeybrain for only 99¢, the tale of young Parisian cat-thief Bandette and her team of accessories has been a hit both creatively and commercially. Awarded […]

Read 15,000 Marvel comics for 99¢ for one month

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Marvel is planning some big digital announcements at SXSWi, it interactve conference taking place at the end of the week, it seems, and to kick things offer they’re making all the comics in their Marvel Unlimited app available for 99¢ for the next two weeks. You can also download 12 of the comics for free. This is an introductory subscription offer—similar to those you get for the Franklin Mint series of Presidential Chia Pets, for instance—in subsequent months you’ll be billed at the going rate for Marvel Unlimited.

Comixology announces their SXSW schedule

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Tweet  Comixology will once again be making a big splash (although hopefully not the same kind as they amde last year)at the SXSWi interactive conference which runs March 7-11. Activities will encompass: sponsoring the SXSW Geek Stage; a special panel; happy hour; free comics offered throughout the event; and handing out $150,000 worth of $5 […]

RIP: Diamond Digital

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It’s hard to remember those timid days when digital comics were a threat to civilization as we know it and not a solid revenue stream, but one of the artifacts of that era, Diamond Digital, has been laid to rest. This was a program whereby retailers, instead of licking ‘em could join ‘em by setting up their own digital storefronts via Diamond. It never really worked out, for various reasons including a long, protracted roll-out, and at one point Brian Hibbs reported he had made a grand total, net, of $22.89 in a year from the program.

Ryan K. Lindsay: “These are the sorts of stories I want to tell” [Interview]

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TweetRyan K. Lindsay has made that fabled journey from comic-critic to comic-writer, balancing both aspects of his writing neatly as he launches new books at both Monkeybrain Comics and Sequart. With his newest series now announced – Headspace, a Prisoner-esque mindtrip of a story which throws absolutely everything at the lead character – Ryan was […]

Top Shelf’s Chris Ross on DRM-Free Graphic Novels and Print-Digital Bundles [Interview]

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TweetBy Bruce Lidl Indie comics publisher Top Shelf announced yesterday that they will be selling a selection of their digital titles, without any DRM copy protection technology. Joining Image in the trend away from DRM on comics, Top Shelf will now offer eleven graphic novels from their own website in a variety of open formats, […]

Kicking the Kick-Troll: Shadowbinders Returns to Kickstarter! [Interview]

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TweetShadowbinders is a webcomic from creators Kambrea and Thomas Pratt. Having previously worked for Disney, the duo decided to take their latest idea to the internet, where it’s spent the last four years building up an impressive fanbase – and a vast, magical world, filled with monsters and floating ships and myths and legends. Focusing […]

Interview: For Jonathan Larsen, The Endling is only the Beginning

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Tweet_________ By Matt O’Keefe One of Thrillbent’s first launches, The Endling is a story in which characters of the present interact with humanity a billion years of evolution later. I chatted with its writer Jonathan Larsen about the story and art of The Endling, writing in the “swipe” style that Thrillbent pioneers, his future in comics, and a lot […]

Interview: Mark Waid on the Inner Demons of Daredevil, Attitude Adjustment for the Hulk, and the Thrill of Digital Comics

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Tweet________ By Matt O’Keefe Not only has Mark Waid been pioneering digital comics over the past few years; he’s also broken new ground in mainstream comics. In Daredevil and Indestructible Hulk heroes are actively addressing their mental health, taking steps to lead better lives. I spoke to Waid about the approach he’s bringing to his […]

Sequential and SelfMadeHero team for enhanced digital graphic novels

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Tweet The British graphic novel scene has been swiftly developing, with publishers like SelfMadeHero, Blank Slate and NoBrow leading the way. IPad app Sequential has been setting up a virtual store for electronic GNs using their own software, and they’ve just added a bunch of SelfMadeHero titles, including Kiki de Montparnasse, by José-Louis Bocquet and Catel, […]

Vaughan and Martin’s Panel Syndicate to add more creators

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Tweet Brian Vaughan and Marcos Martin of PRIVATE EYE fame did a Reddit AMA the other day, and they dropped some hints that a new comic may be joining their Panel Syndicate operation soon. Asked if he thought PRIVATE EYE’s pay-what-you-want for a PDF download model could work for unknowns, Vaughan replied, “Marcos and I […]

Image Expo: Digital Remaining DRM-Free

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Tweet by Bruce Lidl Last week’s 2014 edition of the ImageExpo has generated a large amount of coverage for both new title announcements, and for the dearth of diversity among the presented creators. From a practical standpoint, Image Publisher Eric Stephenson and Business Development Head Ron Richards clearly got their money’s worth of publicity from […]

Comixology was the #1 grossing non-game app on iPad in 2013 with four billion comics pages served

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Tweet ComiXology sent out a little horn tooting this morning, but it was deserved. The Comics by comiXology iOS app charted as iTunes’ #1 Top Grossing non-game iPad App for 2013 and ranked #11 overall.   They also released some new stats: they have served over 6 billion pages of comic books and graphic novels […]

The week in Submit 1/8/14: Blastosaurus etc.

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TweetComixology’s Submit portal has become one of the biggest digital publishing programs on the web and probably in comics; creators upload their comcis, and Comixology digitzes them for the Guided=View and the two split the proceeds. Pretty simple. Every week or so there’s an announcement of the new comics available via Submit and here, without […]