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.
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.
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, […]
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 […]
_________ 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
________ 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 […]
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 hope […]
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 the […]
Sally Jane Thompson is one of the more brilliant lights in the comics industry, a multi-talented creator who can turn her hand to anything: writing, pencilling, lettering, portraiture, blogging, colouring. A constant bright presence at conventions around the UK, she is perhaps most well-known for her graphic novel Atomic Sheep and her portrait series Blood […]
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 – […]
When prize winning editorial cartoonist Matt Bors got a paying job at Medium, an internet start up funded by Twitter’s Ev Williams, the whole world of comics celebrated. But now he’s launching actual comics content every day of the year for The Nib, Medium’s comics hub, which Bors edits. And it’s AWESOME. A great line-up of cutting edge, diverse voices—just like comics can be.
We’ve lost track of just where Marvel is in their rolling reboot. We’ve had Marvel Now, All New Marvel Now and soon, no doubt, Marvel Now: Electric Bugaloo. There’s also All New Marvel Now .Now “Jumping on” issues. Hey anything to make it comprehensible. But anyway, the new All New Marvel Now rollout will include […]
I first noticed Artful Daggers, an ongoing series published through Monkeybrain, due to the artwork of Andrew Losq, who creates incredible abstract page sequences. Having read the first issue, I decided to catch up on the rest once the first story arc had concluded – that’s the benefit of a comics publishing model like Monkeybrain, […]
Has anyone come up with a definite name for those “swipe” comics? Many use comiXology’s Guided View, but there are other methods. Anyway, they are increasingly popular, and learning how to make them is becoming an actual comics skill set. Jeremy Rock, artist on Thrillbent’s The Eighth Seal, has a process post on these comics […]
Okay just in time for Cyber Monday and Black Friday and Small Business Saturday and I ate too much Sunday, comiXology has just announced they are making gift cards available in denominations from $10 to $500. Seems like a pretty nifty gifty. “Shopping for friends, family and loved ones is hard, especially if they’re comic […]