Image Comics, BOOM! Studios, and Archie Comics have announced they are joining GlobalComix as part of its ever-growing roster of publishers in time for the imminent debut of its app. Other named publishers announced to be joining the service include TokyoPop and NBM Graphic Novels.
GlobalComix is increasingly becoming one of the main digital comics alternatives that publishers are turning to following Amazon’s controversial move to de facto shutter the Comixology service and subsume it into Kindle over the past year. Since January, GlobalComix has reportedly seen a 50% increase in new users and added over 5000 new comics.
Christopher Carter, CEO of GlobalComix, was enthusiastic about this announcement:
“I have waited for this moment for years! Not only are we finally about to change the landscape of digital comics publishing entirely, but we are also fortunate enough to do it together with a vibrant community of creators from both popular web and indie comics; and also many of the most venerable and well respected publishers in the entire world [of comics].”
“We will be bringing more comics to even more readers, worldwide, and doing so in a fiscally accessible way. With this, we’re paving the way for a vibrant and thriving ecosystem in which creators and publishers can make a sustainable living, doing exactly what they love, and that is one of the major reasons for why we’re doing what we do.”
Image, BOOM!, and Archie are probably the biggest get so far for the app, which already has titles from Humanoids, Source Point Press, Mad Cave Studios, Papercutz, Valiant Entertainment, and more. Last week it was announced that TKO Studios was joining the service and, in August last year, Image imprint Top Cow Productions joined, coinciding with the service’s addition of individual digital issue and bundle purchases to the service.
GlobalComix started as a website catering to all-you-can-eat subscription experiences with the needs of the creative community and comics readers firmly in mind. An app has been in development for some time and the launch is planned for end of the first quarter of 2023 (so late March, early April). Demos of the app will be available at C2E2 (March 31-April 2).
The app itself – which will be on both the iOS and Android ecosystems – promises a number of features. According to the press release:
- “Over 40k+ books in catalog with 25k+ more in pipeline and growing
- “In-App subscription purchase with worldwide access
- “Catalogs from top publishers, indie and webcomic creators
- “Curated recommendations for hundreds of new series, weekly
- “Opt-in to follow creators & publishers for new release notifications
- “Fully searchable personal library collection with reading status filters
- “Filter searches by type, format, genre, theme, art style, language, paywall, and other meaningful facets
- “Comment, react, and share your favorite stories with friends and community alike”