Mobile comics platform LINE Webtoon is huge in Korea and getting bigger here, and they are no slouches in the diversity department. According to a release, 42% of LINE WEbstoon’s creators are female, 48% of its comics feature female leads, and 50% of its over 6 million daily readers are women. Impressive, if not surprising statistics. And they’ll discuss them more at a “Women in Digital Comics” panel to be held at SXSW on Friday, March 18th. Participants include moderator Tom Akel, LINE Webtoon’s director of content, and 2 Broke Girls’ star Beth Behrs (Dents), digital star Michelle Phan (Helios : Femina), LINE Webtoon creators Kaitlyn Narvaza (Where Tangents Meet, Siren’s Lament) and Susanna Nousiainen (ShootAround), and one of the winners of LINE Webtoon’s recent Superhero Comics Contest, Sandra Diaz (Supersonic Girl).
Back in the long ago days of the TokyoPop original English manga explosion, one of my favorites was a book called I Luv Halloween by Keith Giffen and Benjamin Roman, a world building comedy about a Halloweentown where people could be very naughty indeed. Giffen has gone on to many other things, like helping reinvent […]
As you may recall, several companies out there are trying to become the “Netflix of Comics” with a streaming service that offers tons of comics to read. One such as ComicBlitz, which launched last year an an app, which just became available on all iOS devices and has improved its platform. ComicBlitz offers all all […]
Brian K. Vaughan, Marcos Martin and friends made a big splash with their digital-first, pay-what-you-want series The Private Eye. But they always intended for the publisher they created, Panel Syndicate, to house more than just their stories. The first and to date the only other work to appear on Panel Syndicate is Universe! from cartoonist […]
Boutique apps for digital comics aren’t the big thing they once were, but they are still out there. Comicker, a website that was introduced earlier this year with five comics series, just launched an iOS app, powered by the Horizon Factory. The app is free; a monthly subscription is $2.99. Comicker series will remain available […]
Over the last few weeks, Comixology’s role within parent company Amazon has gotten much stronger: Amazon is now part of the CX logo, you can log in to Comixology with your Amazon account, and as a couple of people pointed out, purchasing a book from Comixology is now linked directly from the main entry for a book. In the past, the options were for print, audio and Kindle, but the digital buy button now is a single link for Kindle and Comixology.
Above: the EXCLUSIVE first look at the cover to Inheritance #1 As we’ve been ruminating here for a while, digital comics are well established for various platforms—phones, tablets and computers—but with mobile becoming the main way people interact with the world, comics have yet to be natively optimized for reading on phones. A new company, […]
Wrapping up Tech Thursday in comics news, Comic Blitz, a standalone app that offers streaming comics, has upped it’s offerings since its launch, just after New York Comic Con. Starting today the app is available globally for iPad. In addition, they’ve added several publishers to the line-up Comic Blitz launched a few weeks ago offering […]
It must be digital Thursday as the news is flying fast and furious. Archie has also announced it’s own new digital initiative, called, Archie Comics Reader, a new standalone iOS app, designed by Madefire, that offers two reading experiences: buying individual issue or an all-you-can-eat streaming Archie Unlimited option. The app is spearheaded by Archie’s […]
According to a letter sent to content providers earlier this week, Scribd, an online ebook service, is retiring its retail store in favor of its subscription service. Scribd offers over 1 million books, audio books and comics; the comics section launched earlier last year and was a quick success. According to the letter: Thank you […]