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 […]

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. […]

Graphicly Folds – Will Creators be Paid What They’re Owed?

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TweetThis week saw digital comic publisher Graphicly announce that they have been acquired by Blurb, a book publisher who will be subsequently folding the comics section of Graphicly. The question, however, is if the move means that the many creators – self-publishers and small-press – who used Graphicly will be paid the money that the […]

Interview: Christian Beranek Offers ‘Validation’

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TweetChristian Beranek is the writer of Validation, a webcomic telling stories from the life of a trans girl living in the city. The series addresses the idea of her looking for a place in society as she finds friends, goes dating, reads a lot of comics (of course) and gets involved in the comics community. […]

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 […]

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 […]

Amazon removes ability to buy comics through Comixology app to cut out Apple

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TweetWith Comixology’s acquisition by Amazon, the number 1 digital comics app is now but a pawn in the larger Kaiju battle of Amazon, Apple, Google and so on. And as many predicted, the first victim of this has been the ability to actually BUY digital comics through Comixology’s ipad and iphone apps. Amazon does not […]

Thrillbent 3.0 launches with app, subscriptions

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Over at Thrillbent, the webcomics portal he devised two years ago, Mark Waid has announcedThrillbent 3.0, which includes an iPad app that will allow users to sync their website purchases, see where theyleft off, and other up-to-date functions. In addition to the free comics Thrillbent has always offered, Waid is adding what he calls a “Hulu Plus” level that includes new content for a monthly subscription of $3.99, which is, as Waid points out, is the price of one comic. For this you get:

How to find Comixology Submit’s technical guidelines

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TweetThere’s a pretty lively discussion of Comixology’s Submit program going on in the comments of this post. And while SUbmit seems to be a very useful thing, it seems taht a lot of books that are…submitted to the program are rejected on technical grounds. In the above post I mentioned that I couldn’t easily find […]