More activity and announcements on the digital side of things leading up to NYCC.
First off, iVerse has another exclusive publisher in Ape Entertainment, specifically with the App and KiZoic imprints. Ape had a major success with Pocket God on iVerse, but this marks the first time they’ve formally gone exclusive.
Go go digital distributor wars!
“We’re thrilled to be working with iVerse on this new initiative,” Brent Erwin, Ape Entertainment COO. “Michael pioneered the digital comics medium and we could not be happier to have him and his company as our exclusive digital partner. We’re particularly delighted to debut our upcoming comics on ComicsPlus, especially titles like Fruit Ninja, Temple Run and Squids.”
Current plans call for Temple Run to make its Comic Plus debut first, followed by Squids and then Fruit Ninja. Future titles and release plans will be announced soon. An Ape Entertainment/iVerse collaboration that’s already borne fruit is the Dreamworks Comics app, currently available from the App Store. It features all of the Ape Dreamworks comics, including Shrek, The Penguins of Madagascar, Madagascar 3, Kung Fu Panda and Puss in Boots. Future plans call for a comic prequel to “Rise of the Guardians”, scheduled for release on October 17, 2012.
New Paradigm, the imprint behind the Watson & Holmes digital comic, is announcing their NYCC plans including the usual ashcans and then something slightly more unusual:
New Paradigm Studios (NPS) is proud to announce its big plans for New
York Comic Con 2012. TOP TALENT will be at hand to discuss the success of WATSON &
HOLMES #1, as well as announce new projects, including a special appearance by mighty artist,
the wonderful WALT SIMONSON (Thor, Avengers).
No, I don’t know what Walt Simonson is doing there, but it is a good question isn’t it? New Paradigm is also having a Facebook contest for a sketch by Rick Leonardi.
Finally, Madefire (that’s the “Motion Books” digital comics firm with Liam Sharpe, Dave Gibbons and Bill Sienkiewicz bouncing around the creative front office) has announced they’ve expanded their supported devices (previous iPad-only) to include the iPhone and iPad Touch:
The Madefire app, which delivers a fully-immersive, episodic comics reading experience, is now optimized for the brilliant 4-inch Retina display on iPhone 5 and supports Facebook single sign-on in iOS 6. The app is also available for iPhones 3GS, 4, 4S, and for 3rd and 4th generation iPod touch.
Todd Allen wears a lot of hats. At various times he’s been (alphabetically), a bouncer, college professor, humor columnist, Internet producer and an NBA/WNBA Beat Writer, among other things. He’s the author of Economics of Digital Comics. You should probably read it.