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, […]

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Image Does Humble Bundle Once Again

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By Bruce Lidl Lost somewhat in the initial burst of news from last week’s ImageExpo was the announcement of a new Image Humble Bundle offering, beginning that morning and lasting until January 21. The “Humble Image Comics Bundle 2: Image Firsts” is a massive collection of digital comics that can be purchased for whatever price […]

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Jimmie Robinson on Five Weapons, the Convention Craze and Digital Challenges

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By Bruce Lidl The Sacramento Wizard World convention was an opportunity for comic fans in Northern California to gather and celebrate their passions with other fans and celebrities. It was also a chance for Jimmie Robinson, a veteran Bay Area comic book creator (and frequent commentator at The Beat) to meet his readers and spread […]

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Bandette’s Coover and Tobin Talk about Digital Comics Going into Print [Interview]

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One of the real breakout comics of 2013 was Bandette, from the husband and wife team Colleen Coover and Paul Tobin. A digital comic that is creator-owned and sold by Monkeybrain for only 99¢, the tale of young Parisian cat-thief Bandette and her team of accessories has been a hit both creatively and commercially. Awarded […]

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Top Shelf’s Chris Ross on DRM-Free Graphic Novels and Print-Digital Bundles [Interview]

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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, […]

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Image Expo: Digital Remaining DRM-Free

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 […]

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Should Digital Comics Still Be Locked Down?

by Bruce Lidl   If nobody cares about DRM on digital comics, why does everybody keep bringing it up? San Diego 2013 was unquestionably a triumph for digital comics heavyweight comiXology, with a stream of announcements of new initiatives and new partnerships. Chip Mosher may have been one of the busiest men at the Con […]

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INTERVIEW: Colleen Coover and Paul Tobin on Bandette

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By Bruce Lidl There’s lots of excitement for the Monkeybrain crew at Comic-Con, with a slew of new titles announced to celebrate the digital first company’s successful first year. But nothing would cap this amazing year like an Eisner Award, and Colleen Coover and Paul Tobin’s Bandette will be carrying the Monkeybrain banner high tonight, […]

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