It looks like the hot thing to do in comics is go DRM free! Action Lab Entertainment has announced that beginning with the Action Lab hit, F1rst Hero and the Action Lab Danger Zone sexy mega hit, Zombie Tramp, all of their titles will now be released as full issue, digital first offerings through comiXology.
The entire catalog from both Action Lab and their mature readers imprint, Action Lab: Danger Zone will be available DRM Free as part of Comixology’s Digital Ownership Initiative. That initiative was announced by comiXology at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con. This is the seventh comic publisher to announce going DRM free this year.
Single issues will be $0.99 during the first two weeks of release, before returning to their regular price of $1.99.. In addition, books will be timed to release digitally the same month they are offered in Diamond Distribution’s retailer catalog, Previews, giving comics fans a taste of what we do and driving them to comic shops nationwide.
Dynamite Entertainment is going DRM-free with comics available in PDF file format. All of this is part of the publisher’s 10th anniversary celebration.
The program launches today with an available selection of over 80 individual comic books, which includes creator-owned and licensed titles from Dynamite’s massive library. The debut selection represents a wide variety of titles:.
- Cryptozoic Man by Walt Flanagan and Bryan Johnson
- Blood Queen by Troy Brownfield and Fritz Casas
- The Boys by Garth Ennis and Darick Robinson
- Captain Action Cat by Art Baltazar, Franco, and Chris Smits
- Captain Victory and the Galactic Rangers by Joe Casey, Nathan Fox, and more
- Chaos! by Tim Seely and Mirka Andolfo
- Chastity by Marc Andreyko and Dave Acosta
- American Flagg by Howard Chaykin
- The Devilers by Joshua Hale Fialkov and Matt Triano
- Evil Ernie: Origin of Evil by Jesse Snider and Jason Craig
- Garth Ennis’ Red Team by Garth Ennis and Craig Cermak
- Jennifer Blood: Born Again by Steven Grant and Kewber Baal
- Jim Butcher’s Dresden Files: War Cry by Jim Butcher, Mark Powers, and Carlos Gomez
- Jungle Girl by Frank Cho, Doug Murray, and Adriano Batista
- Justice, Inc. by Michael Uslan and Giovanni Timpano
- Kevin Smith’s Green Hornet by Kevin Smith and Jonathan Lau
- Legenderry: A Steampunk Adventure by Bill Willingham and Sergio Fernandez Davila
- Miss Fury by Rob Williams and Jack Herbert
- The Mocking Dead by Fred Van Lente and Max Dunbar
- The Ninjettes by Al Ewing and Eman Casallos
- Pathfinder: Dark Waters Rising by Jim Zub and Andrew Huerta
- Project Superpowers by Jim Krueger, Alex Ross, and Carlos Paul
- Red Sonja by Gail Simone and Walter Geovani
- Red Sonja: Blue by Peter Brett and Walter Geovani
- Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time by Robert Jordan, Chuck Dixon, and Chase Conley
- The Shadow: Midnight in Moscow by Howard Chaykin
- Terminal Hero by Peter Milligan and Piotr Kowalski
- The Trial of Sherlock Holmes by Leah Moore, John Reppion, and Aaron Campbell
- Vampirella by Nancy A. Collins and Patrick Berkenkotter
- Vampirella Master Series by Mark Millar, Grant Morrison, and more
- Vampirella vs. Fluffy by Mark Rahner and Cezar Razek
In celebration of their 10th anniversary, Dynamite will offer ten of its comic books at 10 cents apiece, introducing new readers to Dynamite’s most accessible and successful titles at a great value. The introductory-priced comic books include:
- Blood Queen #1
- The Boys #1
- Evil Ernie: Origin of Evil #1
- Jungle Girl #0
- Kevin Smith’s Green Hornet #1
- Miss Fury #1
- The Mocking Dead #1
- Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time #1
- The Trial of Sherlock Holmes #1
- Vampirella #1
Dynamite will also offer ten (10) free wallpapers to consumers featuring The Boys, Cryptozoic Man, Jim Butcher’s Dresden Files, Neil Gaiman and Alice Cooper’s The Last Temptation, Red Sonja, and Vampirella. These wallpapers can be downloaded from Dynamite’s digital DRM-free page for a limited time.
Following today’s launch, Dynamite plans to release its DRM-free comics on a weekly basis, every Wednesday, with new offerings announced via the company’s Facebook, Twitter, and website as they are made available for download. There will be a slow, focused roll-out over time that will grow the available titles to reflect the vast majority of Dynamite’s library.
Throughout its first month of operation, Dynamite will donate ten percent of all sales to the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, a non-profit organization dedicated to the protection of the First Amendment rights of the comics art form and its community of retailers, creators, publishers, librarians, and readers.
Valiant Entertainment continues to shake things up, and today they have announced a partnership with DriveThruComics.com to make Valiant’s complete library (modern and classic) available as DRM-free digital files. Beginning today, DriveThruComics.com will also offer Valiant’s monthly comics titles as day-and-date new releases and will soon host Valiant’s complete catalog of single issues and collections – all in a DRM-free PDF format. This is the first time you can get their comics in this format through a digital service.
To launch this new slate of offerings, head to DriveThruComics.com now to download each of Valiant’s best-selling #1 issues for free for the next 30 days, including:
Yes, 100 FREE comics. What better way to dive into the wonderful world of Riverdale and visit with friends like Archie, Betty & Veronica, Jughead and more?
From the historic Archie #1 to modern classics like Kevin Keller #1, digital comic readers will get a complete introductory course to all things Archie with a mere app download via iOS and Android platforms. What could be better?
In addition to the amazing, limited-time 100 comics offer, the new apps feature all-new, easy to navigate interfaces and optimized retina display for iOS7. The new Android app features a completely rebuilt structure, resulting in an easier to use and faster interface which also includes an integrated digital subscription service in Archie Unlimited (only $5.99 a month!) You can also access the Android app via Google Play.
So, what are you waiting for? 100 free comics await you!
iVerse Media has announced they have teamed with comic book publisher Valiant Entertainment to bring Valiant’s complete library of modern and classic content – including X-O Manowar, Bloodshot, Archer & Armstrong, Shadowman, Rai, and many more – to iVerse’s ComicsPlus app and affiliated platforms. Effective immediately, iVerse will offer Valiant’s monthly comics titles day-and-date via the ComicsPlus app, and will soon host Valiant’s complete catalog of comics and collections.
To launch their newly announced partnership, iVerse is also now offering each of Valiant’s best-selling #1 issues for free on the ComicsPlus app throughout the month of August. Visit Valiant’s publisher page here for more information.
Valiant is the latest publisher to join the rapidly expanding offerings of the ComicsPlus app from iVerse Media.
In addition to the ComicsPlus app and website, Valiant’s titles will be made available to librarians and their patrons everywhere via the ComicsPlus: Library Edition app, which makes thousands of high-quality titles accessible to school and library patrons on any device, anywhere, and at any time.
Valiant titles are available now on the ComicsPlus iOS and Android apps, and via their website comicsplusapp.com.
Today during their panel at San Diego Comic-Con, comiXology unveiled a new DRM-free backup feature that allows customers to download and store copies of their books.
The first wave of participating publishers making their books available as DRM-free backups include Image Comics, Dynamite Entertainment, Zenescope Entertainment, MonkeyBrain Comics, Thrillbent, and Top Shelf Productions. In addition, creators and publishers that are self-publishing through comiXology Submit are now able to choose to make their books available with a DRM-free backup.
To obtain the DRM-free backups of their books, customers can go to the “My Books” section of comixology.com on their desktop computers and click the button that appears next to their books. Books and series from participating publishers will be available for backup starting today. Backups are available in high definition PDF and CBZ.
Customers will continue to enjoy all of their purchases – whether available as a DRM-free backup or not – on the comiXology platform in comiXology’s exclusive cinematic Guided View reading experience, anytime and anywhere.
Marvel might be physically at San Diego Comic-Con, but it doesn’t mean the comic publisher has forgotten about the folks who can’t make the show. For the next week, Marvel is allowing folks to purchase a month’s worth of access to their Marvel Unlimited digital service for 99 cents.
Use the promo code SDCC14 and you’ll get a month’s access to 15,000 comics for less than a dollar.
The comics can be viewed on PC and Mac, as well as iOS and Android devices through a Marvel Unlimited app. Readers can download up to 12 comics at a time for offline reading. Newer comics tend to be added to the Unlimited archive after 6 months, so you’re not getting the latest releases. But for a dollar, there’s more than enough to read.
Typically, a subscription to the Marvel Unlimited service costs $69 a year or $9.99 a month.
Visionbooks has announced a new partnership agreement with award-winning comic book publisher, Valiant Entertainment. Launching today with the release of X-O Manowar #1-4 on the Visionbooks app, relive the best-selling first story arc of Valiant’s alien-armored Visigoth hero as realized by Visionbooks’ groundbreaking digital animation process.
Visionbooks transforms two-dimensional comic books into a digital animation experience. By combining traditional comics with cutting-edge technology, Visionbooks creates dimensional action like explosions, smoke, weather, character conflicts and action, all within static comic panels.
From New York Times best-selling writer Robert Venditti and Eisner Award-winning artist Cary Nord, X-O Manowar is the acclaimed series that relaunched Valiant’s publishing line in 2012 to critical and commercial success.
You can check out the first issue totally free of charge right now.
In addition to Valiant Entertainment, Visionbooks’ current partnerships include: Asylum Press, Arcana, Real Interface Studios, A.P.N.G. Enterprises, Vanquish Interactive, Pavesio and Cavalletto.
There’s a new digital comic player on the market. Farrago Comics is heading to San Diego Comic-Con with calls for “Comic Book Freedom.” Their goal is to “crack open the comic book industry in favor of a more fan-friendly and creator-centric model.” At the show, they’ll be working on pre-registration for their app that will launch first on iPads in August 2014.
Farrago’s model is similar to Pandora/Spotify, that “uniquely supports and favors creators.” Both systems rely heavily on advertising for revenue, but you can pay to upgrade the service. Both of those services as well have come under fire for little payouts to musicians, and the music industry consistently fighting to get more money out of them. There’s also reports of collusion within the music industry against those services. Hopefully things work out better in the comics industry.
Two names mentioned in the company’s initial release are Eisner Award winning writer Paul Jenkins of Spiderman, Wolverine, and Fairy Quest fame, and Rob Kutner, current writer for TBS’s Conan, five-time Emmy winning writer for The Daily Show with Jon Stewart and co-creator of the new sci-fi comedy album 2776.
The company will be at SDCC handing out flyers, buttons, and T-shirts to promote the app. It will also hold an Instagram contest (#farragocomics) with signed Farrago artwork by Andrew Robinson, artist of The Fifth Beatle and creator of Dusty Star, as prizes, and is co-sponsoring San Diego’s BoomShop of Comics Drink & Draw, Saturday, July 26.
It’s been rumored for a few days now, but Amazon today introduced Kindle Unlimited, a new subscription service that gives customers access to over 600,000 Kindle Books, and and some of Amazon’s thousands of Audible audiobooks for $9.99 a month.
But, buried in the massive offering from Amazon are is a section dubbed “Comics & Graphic Novels” featuring currently 3,690 books.
When you dig deeper into the offering, things get a bit stranger. The biggest publisher I’ve found so far is IDW Publishing, but their offerings are limited. There’s also a lot of manga, but within that count too is a lot of “how too” books as well as books on the industry, so it’s not all comics and graphic novels in the traditional sense. What does seem present is a lot of independent books, some I recognize as having been sent to our site to review, or from Kickstarter.
The big question though, is how comiXology fits into the bigger plans. Earlier this year Amazon purchased the digital comics distributor, and other than how you can purchase your books (in the app vs through the web), the changes have been minimal. Rumors of comiXology providing an all you can read service have persisted, and it’s a question that’s come up at every panel I’ve ever attended of theirs. With this move by Amazon, maybe we’re seeing the first steps towards that.