Europe Comics brings more Euro-comics to English in digital

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The Comixology-Delcourt team-up to bring some of the finest French language comics to the English speaking world via digital is just the start. Europe Comics is another digital initiative, this one launched by Mediatoons, licensing agent for Média-Participations, publisher of Dargaud, Dupuis and several other imprints, and Izneo, the French Comixology. The website is a […]

Marc Silvestri and Michelle Phan team with LINE Webtoon

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And another new business venture for SDCC Week: LINE Webtoon is a digital comics service, powered by NAVER, Korea’s biggest search engine. They have a pretty huge library of Korean content, and have been in tyhe us for about a year—but now they are adding original English language materials, starting with a digital relaunch of CYBERFORCE by Marc Silvestri and Matt Hawkins, and a new comic written by YouTube fashion and beauty maven Michelle Phan. The Enchantress is a 26-chapter story “delving into a near-future world of oppression, where elemental magic and ancient alchemy in the hands of one hero may save humanity. ” Random quotes from PR:

Delcourt bringing comics to US via Comixology

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First big announcement of the week: Delcourt, the biggest independent comics publisher in France, will release a line of their book in English for the first time via Comixology. The initial line of books includes books by Charlie Adlard (The Curse of the Wendigo) Pénélope Bagieu (Josephine), Alfred (Some Prima) and much more. A total […]

Image partners with Trajectory for digital distribution to libraries

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The Beat’s head is beginning to spin a little bit from the flurry of digital comics announcements that are flying fast and furious in advance of ALA and SDCC. One thing we do know: getting digital comics into libraries is a smart move, and as DC just partnered with Hoopla, so Image Comics has just […]

Dark Horse comics finally to be offered on Comixology

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Welp, the last hold-out has just joined the giant team. Dark Horse had long been missing from Comixology and other standlaone apps as they preferred to develop their own platform — an admirable resolve for a company that is the result of one man’s do it yourself spirit….but not really that practical in a world […]

Marvel re-ups with Comixology for singles and expands to Kindle

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While there’s been some shifting around and experimentation with other platforms for some publishers, it seem Marvel will makes theirs Comixology, at least where digital comcs are concerned. They’ve just announced a renewal of their agreement to sell Marvel digital comics, with an expansion to the Kindle platform for the first time:

New IDW / Top Shelf Comics Humble Bundle offers some great comics

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The Humble Bundle model of “bundling” digital comics for a pay what you want price (while offering a percentage to charity) has had a pretty big impact on both comics readers and publishers over the past year, generating over $4 million in sales for ebook last year. You can see why publishers would be hep […]

PREVIEW: ‘High Crimes’ #10 is a chilling read

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  The latest issue of Monkey Brain‘s digital first comic High Crimes is available at Comixology. I have read the review copy and it’s exceptional and chilling. Page one gives you the same cold feeling when you open a walk-in freezer. Christopher Sebela’s striking and circumstantial words pair with Ibrahim Moustafa’s art on various levels. Lesley Atalnsky’s colors have a […]

Exciting new comics site launches: Zco.mx, with Lasky, Langridge and dozens more

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There are scores of great webcomics to read from indie cartoonists on these internets. There are also tons of great mini comics on sale from cartoonists at CAFs. But what if you can’t get to a CAF or want a more curated portal to help you find good stuff? Zco.mx (pronounced zee·com·ics) is a new site that offers a curated list of cartoonists with selected digital offerings, all available to read for free — but you are also encouraged to make a donation. Comics are downloadable as CBZ files via torrents or DC. I’m not super crazy about that format, but the reader on the site itself works very smoothly, and I don’t have any room on my iPad anyway.

Marvel teams with Fandango to offer free digital comics with purchase

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A common comment often heard around the con floor is “Why doesn’t Marvel Studios do more to promote the COMICS with all those movies?” Some would think that seeing the Avengers on every product and website and TV show known to humankind would be a lot of promotion, but let’s take that complaint for what […]

New open source Comic Smart Panels allows you to make your own animated comics

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As digital comics have become a cornerstone of comics reading, several companies have offered their own version of a technology which allows the panels to transition for digital reading. Comixology has “Guided View,” Marvel has its Unlimited technology; iVerse offers uView. The iVerse systems can be applied by users to comics viewed through their platforms, and Comixology also allows publishers to adapt their own comics.

Yugoslavian software developer Zoran Bosnjak writes to inform us of a new open source software that allows you to apply this kind of technology to any comic. It’s called Comic Smart Panels Creator & Viewer (available for Windows for now) which allows fluid panel animations and scaling for any kind of comic. Balloon sequence can also be defined, as seen with the Thrillbent comics and other “ecomics” platforms.

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 […]

Dynamite bundles up with BitTorrent to offer 200 comics

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Dynamite is the King of Bundling—huge collections of comics in digital form for a low, usually pay what you want price. Yhey’re so good at it that they’ve actually persuaded MORE COMPANIES TO START BUNDLING COMICS. This time it’s BitTorrent, which is now a totally legit place to download content. They’ve done music in the past but this is their first comics bundle. This is a mega-bundle of 200 comics, with a minimum payment of $6. So between all the other bundling that Dynamite has been ofering, you can pretty much catch up with their entire oeuvre in no time. This bundle runs through Friday, April 17, 2015.

Surveying the tablet comics world: Symbolia, Wormworld, Sequential, Madefire

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NOTE: the below is me spitballing at 3 in the morning just to get some dialog going. I invite your comments and corrections. I’ve had this news item floating around for ages and kept meaning to write it up: Symbolia, the journalistic comics magazine for tablets, has wrapped up its final issue. Founded by Erin […]

Digital imprint Comicker launches with five series

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Another new line of digital comics? Yes. Comicker, founded by Saori Adams and Sean E. Williams (Fairest) as a plat form to serialize digital comics. Collections can be purchased at DriveThru and eventually Comixology and a subscription mobile app, developed by The Horizon Factory. Adams: