Comixamazon weekend round-up

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People are STILL talking about Amazon’s announced plans to acquire Comixology, although it has settled into the wait and see mode for now, as the deal won’t be final until June. But while you’re making up your own forecasts, here’s more of what people were saying. ¶ JK Parkin at Robot 6 has a good […]

Will Comixology go the way of Audible or Zappos?

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The great digital hope has been acquired by one of the giant fire breathing kaiju of the digital era. Will they trample tiny cottages beneath their feet or become a lovable behemoth? Ask me in a year. In the meantime…

First off, will you be able to read your comics? A story at the Guardian indicates yes…but…

A few more details on the Comixology/Amazon deal

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The Beat just participated in a conference call with Comixology CEO David Steinberger and Amazon’s vp of digital content David Naggar, and while details are at Publisher’s Weekly, everyone sounded very chipper about Amazon’s planned acquisition of Comixology. “Comixology is in a better place than ever for the diversity of our content ad the diversity […]

Science: reading stuff online rots your brain

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It’s common wisdom that reading short bursts of information online subtly changes the way you process paper-based written information, but here’s a nice comforting report on just how that works: Researchers are working to get a clearer sense of the differences between online and print reading — comprehension, for starters, seems better with paper — […]

Margaret Trauth on Decrypting Rita: “I’m in an Intensely Experimental Phase Right Now” [Interview]

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Every so often a comic arrests you on the spot, and you’re drawn wholly into a new world, style, and story. It happens sometimes completely by chance, which is what happened when I first came across the webcomic Decrypting Rita, by Margaret Trauth. Starting out with a single world, the series quickly develops and shows […]

Jules Rivera: “Why do they Never Show the Poor Magic Schools?” [Interview]

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It might be all well and good for Harry Potter and his inherited money and fancy scholarship-based schooling in a Scottish castle, but stories about young magic-users rarely seems to ever look beyond that. We always seem to end up reading about Chosen Ones, rather than stories which look beyond prophecies and epic fates. For […]

Marvel launches audio for its AR app, adds Ultimate Spider-Man Infinite Comic – UPDATED

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Marvel announced some improvements to its AR app at SWSXi yesterday, including finally adding the audio components it talked about last year. It also has improved the panel flow and the AR extras will now be available in all digital comics. They also announced an Ultimate Spider-Man Infinite comic, to be aimed at younger readers. Ultimate Infinite Spider-Man — that sounds pretty indestructible.

Comixology offers top 100 Submit comics for $10 until Monday

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Comixology has been very busy at SXSW Interactive, giving away a ton of free graphic novels and gift cards to Amazon. They’ve just announced a new promotion making the top 100 books from the Submit program available for only $10, to celebrate the one-year anniversary of the program.

Comixology hacked; change your password

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In a letter to users this morning, ComiXology announced they have suffered a security breach, as stated in a letter that went out to users this morning. Unfortunately, the rush to go and change passwords led to the site getting swamped, however, I just went and did it in two seconds so I guess things […]

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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Kelly 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 […]

Mark Millar: not a very good futurist, but here’s a Starlight preview anyway

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Yesterday Mark Millar took to CBR to reveal that he kinda missed the boat on that whole digital thing, when he refused to allow his books to have day and date digital release for 2 and a half years. He did it, he said at the time, because he wanted to support comics retailers and […]

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.

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.

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

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By 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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Shadowbinders 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 […]