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Kodansha Comes to comiXology

ComiXology has announced a digital distribution agreement with Kodansha Comics. The manga publisher is known for its bestsellers Sailor Moon, Akira, Fairy Tail, and current global phenomenon Attack on Titan. The agreement with Kodansha Comics sees the immediate addition of more than 350 manga titles to comiXology’s offerings, with several new series to be added in the coming months.

Today’s digital debut of Kodansha Comics on comiXology makes fan-favorite series such as A Silent Voice, Yamada-kun and the Seven Witches, Inuyashiki, and more, available through the comiXology apps on Fire tablet, Android, iOS, and the web at comixology.com. ComiXology fans will have access to new releases the same day as print as well as some digital-only debuts.

This is the second manga announcement in two days for the digital platform. Yesterday they announced the addition of Weekly Shonen Jump to their store.

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Weekly Shonen Jump Debuts on comiXology and Amazon

VIZ Media, comiXology and Amazon announced today the debut of Weekly Shonen Jump across the comiXology platform as well as Amazon’s Kindle Store. The English language digital manga magazine comes out weekly and is published simultaneously with the print version in Japan. This debut gives comiXology and Kindle fans a taste of the latest manga from Japan, on the same day, now accessible to English speakers across North America, the U.K., Ireland, South Africa, Australia, and New Zealand.

Today’s magazine contains chapters of such hit ongoing manga series as One Piece, Bleach, Blue Exorcist, My Hero Academia, and Food Wars! Shokugeki No Soma.

Weekly Shonen Jump is published digitally each week by VIZ Media and features the latest installments of some of the world’s most popular manga series released to English readers across North America, the U.K., Ireland, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand on the same day as the magazine’s general print release in Japan. Currently featured series include Black Clover, Bleach, Blue Exorcist, Food Wars! Shokugeki No Soma, My Hero Academia, Nisekoi, One Piece, One-Punch Man, Seraph Of The End: Vampire Reign, Toriko, World Trigger and Yu-Gi-Oh! Arc-V.

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Syrinscape’s In Hell’s Bright Shadow for Pathfinder Out Now!

SyrinscapeHell's Bright Shadow for Pathfinder RPG, the award-winning app that puts the power of custom, movie-like sound effects, soundscapes, and music, into the hands of the gamer, announces today the release of the In Hell’s Bright Shadow SoundPack for the Syrinscape Fantasy Player app.

In Hell’s Bright Shadow, the first module in Hell’s Rebels, the new 6-month Adventure Path for the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game, finds the city of Kintargo, which has long been a safe haven for artists, freethinkers, and those marginalized by the oppressive Chelish government, has been placed under martial law by inquisitor Barzillai Thrune. When a protest turns into a riot, a new group of heroes comes together to form an organized resistance against the devil-binding government and the church of Asmodeus. Can they survive long enough to establish allies, or will they become the latest victims of the Thrice-Damned House of Thrune?

With the In Hell’s Bright Shadow SoundPack from Syrinscape, players will experience a brand new Pathfinder Adventure Path like never before with fantastic sounds custom-made for the adventure, including:

  • An intense city protest, riot, and battle sequence
  • Zombies and skeletons
  • A super-evil female half-devil villain
  • Frustratingly gleeful gremlins
  • A battle with an alligator in a rebel alliance sewer hideout
  • Rodents of unusual size, feral dogs, disgusting lemures, and so much more!

In Hell’s Bright Shadow also includes sound samples from Pathfinder fans and players, recorded at both Gen Con 2015, and PaizoCon 2015.

The In Hell’s Bright Shadow SoundPack is available now on Syrinscape.com for $15.99.

Black Mask Studios Launches on ComiXology & Amazon

Black Mask Studios, comiXology and Amazon have announced a distribution agreement to release Black Mask’s digital comic books and graphic novels across the comiXology platform and Amazon’s Kindle Store. Today’s announcement sees the digital debut of Black Mask’s breakout hits. The publisher has been seeing consistent sell-outs which has caused their comics to go back to print multiple times. This deal increases easy access for those who are have been unable to purchase the comics until now.

Today’s launch of Black Mask sees hits like Matt Pizzolo and Amancay Nahuelpan’s Young Terrorists, We Can Never Go Home, Godkiller, Darick Robertson and Adam Egypt Mortimer’s Ballistic, Transference, Steve Niles and Christopher Mitten’s The Disciples, and Space Riders now available on comiXology and the  Kindle Store. Moving forward Black Mask releases will also be available same day as print for upcoming titles. New releases will also include Grant Morrison and Vanesa del Rey’s Sinatoro, Holly Interlandi and Zoe Chevat’s Last Song, Matthew Rosenberg, Vita Ayala, and Yasmin Liang’s Our Work Fills The Pews, and Tony Patrick and Ayhan Hayrula’s X’ed.

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Sequential to Offer Knockabout Titles on Kindle

UK comics publisher Knockabout Comix has announced that its graphic novels are now available worldwide on Kindle across all platforms. The digital versions have been put together by the team behind Sequential, the graphic novel app for iPad.

The range of titles includes A Disease of Language by Alan Moore and Eddie Campbell, Bolland Strips! by Brian Bolland and the award-winning Pinocchio by Winshluss. Also on offer is a range of books by Hunt Emerson including Calculus Cat, Dante’s Inferno and CityMouth. These titles are already available for iPad on the Sequential app, but this is the first time they have been made available for other platforms including Android tablets and Kindle Fire.

Knockabout Comix was founded in its first incarnation in 1975 by Tony Bennett as a means to distribute Gilbert Shelton’s hippy-slacker masterwork The Fabulous Furry Freak Brothers, Knockabout has published legendary British talents such as Alan Moore, Hunt Emerson, Eddie Campbell, Brian Bolland, Neil Gaiman, Bryan Talbot, Kevin O’Neill and Dave McKean, as well as work from acclaimed international creators such as Melinda Gebbie, Paco Roca, Winshluss and Max. Josh Palmano started publishing with Bennett in 1999 and both formed Knockabout Ltd, as it is now, in 2010.

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Fantagraphics Renews With ComiXology and Debuts on Amazon

Love & Rockets KindleFantagraphics Books, comiXology and Amazon announced today an expanded and renewed distribution agreement to continue selling Fantagraphics Books’ digital comics and graphic novels across the comiXology platform as well as debut their library to Amazon’s Kindle Store. Today’s announcement sees the digital debut of more than 300 celebrated Fantagraphics Books titles now in the Kindle Store including Love & Rockets by Jaime & Gilbert Hernandez, I Killed Adolf Hitler by Jason, How to Be Happy by Eleanor Davis, TEOTFW by Chuck Forsman & more!

Fantagraphics Books is one of the premiere publishers of cutting edge work from an impressive line up of cartoonists today and of the last 25 years.

Today’s digital debut of Fantagraphics Books on the Kindle Store sees titles such as Hip-Hop Family Tree (Ed Piskor), Hate (Peter Bagge), Dungeon Quest (Joe Daly), Violenzia (Richard Sala), and more. Kindle readers will have same day as print access to new releases.

The Kindle Store gives readers access to millions of books on the most popular devices and platforms, including Fire tablets, Kindle e-readers, iOS, Android, and more.

Archie Renews on ComiXology and Expands to Kindle

Archie KindleArchie Comics, comiXology and Amazon have announced an expanded and renewed distribution agreement to sell Archie’s digital comic books and graphic novels across the comiXology platform and bring Archie single issues to the Amazon Kindle Store. More than 1,700 single issues are now available for sale in the Kindle Store, including the newly re-launched Archie series by Mark Waid and Fiona Staples, the upcoming New Riverdale titles as well as Archie Horror and Dark Circle comic series.

While Archie’s graphic novels have long been available in the Kindle Store, their 1,700 single issues available today include many popular series and characters from the Archie Comics catalog, including Archie, Josie And The Pussycats, Sabrina The Teenage Witch, Afterlife with Archie, and a variety of Dark Circle titles.  Kindle readers will also have same day as print access to new releases, including the new Archie series by Mark Waid and Fiona Staples and the upcoming Jughead by Chip Zdarsky, Betty and Veronica by Adam Hughes and Life with Kevin by Dan Parent and J. Bone.

New Pathfinder PC SoundSets from Syrinscape!

Pathfinder PC SoundSetsSyrinscape, the award-winning app that puts the power of custom, movie-like sound effects, soundscapes, and music, into the hands of the gamer, releases today the new Pathfinder Player Character SoundSets.

Based on Pathfinder RPG’s iconic characters, the Pathfinder PC SoundSets are custom-made for players to use at the table with their wizard, rogue, cleric, and fighter PCs, and are chock full of hand-crafted, PC-specific sounds to bring fantasy players’ RPG characters to life.

Merisiel (rogue): This dexterous whirlwind of death comes to life with the swoosh of her rapier, the satisfying squelch of a dagger finding home, the strain of climbing a rope, and the unique joy of a lock clicking open!

Kyra (cleric): From the slice of her scimitar and the rustle of her armor and equipment, to the explosive power of her holy channel, and the divine sonic tempest of dozes of her spells, the sounds of the righteous warrior are in the palm of your hand.

Ezren (wizard): Arcane incantations from the genius mage become epic with the crackle of lightning bolts, the explosion of fireballs, and the weird hums and throbs of dozens of other spells.

Valeros (fighter): Punctuate your roleplaying with sounds for the brave warrior. With gruff laughs and growls, the rustle of armor and equipment, and the mighty slice of his dual-blades, the noble-hearted Valeros is always ready for battle.

Pathfinder PC SoundSets are available for $3.99 each, or all four in a set for $14.99, and can be purchased on Paizo.com and Syrinscape.com.

Lion Forge Comics debuts on comiXology

lion forge logoToday comiXology announced a digital distribution agreement with Lion Forge Comics, a digital-first comics publisher known for its growing library of action/adventure, sci-fi, superhero, and children’s titles. The deal adds more than 20 new series to comiXology’s selection, including licensed favorites like Miami Vice: Remix, Knight Rider, and Airwolf.

Since Lion Forge’s debut in 2013, the publisher has added new licensing deals and several homegrown series to its roster, all leading up to an extensive print rollout this year that began with the Miami Vice: Remix comic book series in March. The deal with comiXology closes a gap in its audience outreach efforts that the St. Louis-based publisher has been building for years.

All currently published Lion Forge comics are live today on comiXology’s cloud-based platform, with more set to debut every month in 2015. The assortment includes comics for young readers published by the Roar Comics imprint, and all licensed titles including the upcoming Care Bears and Madballs series published in partnership with American Greetings.

LINE Webtoon Announces Deals with Marc Silvestri and Stan Lee

LINE WebtoonStan Lee Headshot, the digital comic service, has unveiled some interesting new partnerships including one with Stan Lee and POW! Entertainment and Top Cow founder Marc Silverstri.

Along with Lee and POW!, the company has unveiled an initiative to discover new talent through the company’s Superhero Comics Contest. The contest will give aspiring creators the opportunity to submit their Superhero-themed comics for the chance to win $30,000 and the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to receive Stan Lee’s guidance and feedback.

The Superhero Comics Contest is the third contest in LINE Webtoon’s Challenge League system, which is proven to be a new and innovative way to find new comic talent. To enter, artists over the age of fourteen can upload at least three chapters of an original superhero comic directly to the contest’s entry page. Finalists will be chosen by Stan Lee and his team at POW! Entertainment along with LINE Webtoon’s editorial team. The grand prize winner will receive $30,000 and the opportunity to receive guidance and feedback from Stan and have their comic published by LINE Webtoon.

A second place winner will receive $10,000 and, along with the third and fourth place winners, will have the opportunity to become paid, featured LINE Webtoon artists.

Marc Silvestri HeadshotThe company has also announced that renowned creator Marc Silvestri will be launching the next chapter of his hit comic series, Cyber Force, created by Silvestri and written by famed comics scribe Matt Hawkins, exclusively on LINE Webtoon beginning in Fall 2015. The latest two trades of Cyber Force will be reformatted and available on LINE Webtoon for new readers to catch up before the new chapters begin.

Additionally, LINE Webtoon and Top Cow are developing the series as a multi-platform experience for fans who keep up with the rest of the Top Cow universe. The title Aphrodite IX, written by Top Cow president Matt Hawkins, will be deeply tied to the events of Cyber Force on LINE Webtoon, driving fans from the print editions of Aphrodite IX to the weekly chapters on LINE Webtoon and back.

With more than 10 years of experience in Korea, LINE Webtoon launched in the U.S. in 2014, and its partnership with POW! continues the company’s major expansion in the U.S., which includes new artists, partners, ways to interact with the content, and much more.

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