The Beat Podcasts! More to Come: iTunes – The Graphic Novel

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Recorded live in New York, it’s More To Come, the weekly podcast of comics news, interviews and discussion with Calvin Reid, Kate Fitzsimons and The Beat’s own Heidi MacDonald! This week, the More to Come Crew – Heidi “The Beat” MacDonald, Calvin Reid and Kate Fitzsimons – discuss digital comics news from Archie, Hoopla, Google […]

E-book sales slipping, paper still popular but beware the phone

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As many have noted of late, e-book sales are slipping, and Publishers Weekly’s Jim Milliot has a report on how slowing e-book sales hit profits of two big publishers, S&S and HarperCollins: Parent company News Corp blamed the weak sales performance on lower Divergent sales and lower e-book sales. Digital sales, which include both e-book […]

How To Make Crowdfunding Sustainable For Comics

Jimmy Palmiotti has been a prolific crowdfunder.

A little while back, Brian Hibbs wrote a piece involving the place of Kickstarters in the comics world that still seems to be making the rounds online.  It comes at it from the retailer angle, and as somebody who’s run a few Kickstarters, I have a few different thoughts about how crowdfunding fits into the […]

Interview: Jennifer Crute Opens Up in Jennifer’s Journal

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By Nick Eskey Jennifer Crute is a native New York City artist, turned comic creator. She began her love for making art at an early age, surrounded by other creative people such as her mother and brother. Jennifer spent years drawing and painting, and later graphic design. From some prompting from friends, she found herself […]

Digital pioneer 2000 AD offers DRM-free downloads

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Quick, which publishers are the pioneers of digital comics? You might think IDW or Marvel, but the UK’s Rebellion, publisher of 2000 AD, has been selling digital editions of its book since all the way back in 2005 with great success—it’s the fastest and cheapest way to get Judge Dredd if you don’t live in the UK after all. Now they are making their downloads DRM free. All comics purchased—past and present—via any method—web, Android, iOS—will now be available in DRM-free PDF and CBZ files.

MATT CHATS: Comics Marketing with Cory Casoni

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Welcome to MATT CHATS, a weekly interview with someone working in the comics industry. This week that person is Cory Casoni, and his job isn’t to create comics but to make others aware of them. After five years of marketing for Oni Press he moved on first to Namco-Bandei and then to help run Scott […]

Archie Joins the Humble Bundle Bandwagon; Image Scores with 2nd Bundle

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By Bruce Lidl Following immediately on the conclusion of the second Image Comics Humble Bundle, Archie Comics has joined the Humble Bundle comics movement with its first release. Humble Bundles are curated collections of digital comics available under a “pay what you want” revenue model. Customers can choose their payment amount for the basic pack, […]

ImageExpo 2015 in Depth

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By Bruce Lidl As has become a tradition at Image Comic’s semi-annual event, the announcements of upcoming titles came fast and furious today at ImageExpo. After a suitably rousing “state of the company” presentation by Image publisher Eric Stephenson, the stage at San Francisco’s Yerba Buena Center saw a procession of comic luminaries hyping new […]

Dynamite Launches Their Own Digital Comics Store With Ten Cent DRM-Free Downloads

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Dynamite is launching their own digital comics store today.  The comics will DRM-Free, which makes DRM-free the new (and welcome) trend in digital.  And just because they can, they’re launching with some $0.10 comics and 10% of all digital sales for the first month will be donated to the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund.

Is Diamond Selling Digital Comics For DC?

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Is 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 […]