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 where instant access is the most valuable commodity.
But now, Comixology will be offering the full digital catalog of Dark Horse collections, graphic novels, and manga, all offered on the day of their release to bookstores—so still no periodicals.
I think this is a very positive move for Dark Horse. There had been many fears in the early days of digital that it would hurt physical sales but obviously the opposite has proven to be true. Comixology, like its parent, Amazon, has some drawbacks, but if there’s one common truth these days it’s being on as many platforms as possible helps awareness and sales.
“We are very excited to announce that we have reached an agreement which brings the Dark Horse catalogue found in the Kindle Store to the comiXology platform,” said President and Publisher of Dark Horse Comics Mike Richardson in a statement. “For the first time, hundreds of Dark Horse graphic novels will be available to comiXology’s devoted readers. The technology is stellar and we are pleased that our books will be showcased flawlessly.”
“I’ve been a fan of Dark Horse since I was a kid – and have continued to be so throughout their rich history – so this is an important addition to comiXology not only for me personally, but for our customers,” said comiXology co-founder and CEO David Steinberger. “ComiXology fans have requested Dark Horse from day one and now they’ll get their wish by being able to read titles like Hellboy, Sin City, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Avatar: The Last Airbender and The Goon right now on comiXology, in terrific HD and in Guided View!”
More than 800 titles are launchign launch today including:
300 Astro Boy Avatar: The Last Airbender Blacksad Buffy the Vampire Slayer Fear Agent Frank Miller’s Sin City Hellboy MIND MGMT Serenity Usagi Yojimbo The Strain Grendel Umbrella Academy Halo Lone Wolf and Cub.
Heidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she worked for Disney, DC Comics, Fox and Publishers Weekly. She can be heard regularly on the More To Come Podcast. She likes coffee, cats and noble struggle.