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Avery Hill Publishing joins Sequential

Acclaimed UK small press publisher Avery Hill have joined forces with Sequential to release a range of their comics and graphic novels as digital editions, exclusively available via the iPad app.

Avery Hill Publishing was launched in 2012 and has quickly grown to become one of the best-regarded small press publishers in the UK, with titles nominated for several British awards.

The announcement is accompanied by the launch of the first tranche of Avery Hill titles on Sequential, including Days by Simon Moreton, Maleficium by EdieOP, The Beginner’s Guide to Being Outside by Gill Hatcher, and Grey Area by Tim Bird (an exclusive collected edition of all three issues). More titles will follow.

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Humanoïds debuts on comiXology

humanoids comixologyComiXology and Humanoïds have announced the distribution of fan-favorite Humanoïds titles worldwide in both English and French on Kindle stores through Amazon websites, on Fire tablets and across comiXology’s entire platform, available on the Web at the comiXology site or on the comiXology app for Fire tablets, iPad, iPhone, Android and Windows 8.

To celebrate this announcement, Humanoïds will digitally debut more than 500 best-selling titles from their catalog of talented creators – Mœbius, Jodorowsky, Bec, Boucq, Dorison, Beltran and more  – across Fire tablets and for the first time ever in high-definition on comiXology.

Below is the full list of English-language Humanoïds titles debuting today on comiXology with more to come in the future:

  • The Incal Vol. 1 – 6
  • Final Incal Vol. 1 – 3
  • Before the Incal Vol. 1 – 6
  • After the Incal
  • The Metabarons Vol. 1 – 4
  • The Technopriests Vol. 1 – 8
  • Barbarella
  • Madwoman of the Sacred Heart Vol. 1 – 3
  • Megalex Vol. 1 – 3
  • Sanctum Vol. 1 – 3

 

Amazon and comiXology Celebrate the 42nd Angoulême International Comics Festival

angoulemeComiXology and Amazon are celebrating the 42nd Angoulême International Comics Festival with special spotlights and sales on digital comics. The Angoulême International Comics Festival takes place in Angoulême, France and runs from January 29th to February 1st. Now in its 42nd year, the festival is the premier comics show in Europe with over 200,000 attendees every year and playing host to creators, cartoonists, publishers, and fans from around the world. It’s a massive show and frankly doesn’t get enough coverage by US centered comic blogs. It’s on the long list of conventions we’d like to go to…. some day…..

This year marks comiXology’s third year attending the Angoulême International Comics Festival in France and they’ll be covering the show themselves through various social media under the “All Access Angoulême” moniker.

ComiXology will also be running a sale running today through February 1st featuring a whole host of French content available in multiple languages and rounded out with a selection of titles from creators around the world, giving fans a curated taste of the international comics scene.

Amazon, comiXology’s parent company, is also spotlight the show. They sent out an email to those subscribed to their comic/graphic novel newsletter and also have a page dedicated to some graphic novles related to the show.

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KickStarting: Comics

Money_CashIt’s a new week and KickStarting: Comics is back with a look at how much was raised/pledged for comic projects on Kickstarter for the past week!

I realize some projects are not in US dollars, but they all will count the same regardless of origin, for now. $1 US will be the same as $1 CAD, $1 AUD, etc.

Over the past week 2 projects were successfully funded.

For the past week from January 19 to January 25 the statistics are:

Average goal: $425
Average pledged: $464
Average number of backers: 31.5
Average pledge: $14.73
Average percent raised: 109.18%
Most common given amount: $18 (13 times)
Most money from pledge level: $18 level brought in $234

Total pledged for the week: $928

For the week, the top projects were:

The top grossing project: Broken Angel #1 - $822

Most backers: Broken Angel #1 – 56 backers

Highest percent above goal raised: Broken Angel #1 – 109.60%

Highest average pledge: A Really Awesome Comic Book Critique – $15.14

Lowest average pledge: Broken Angel #1 – $14.68

For the month of January, for the 26 successful projects, the statistics are:

Average goal: $6,283.04
Average pledged: $9,275.88
Average number of backers: 209.04
Average pledge: $44.37
Average percent raised: 147.63%
Most common given amount: $30 (1433 times)
Most money from pledge level: $30 level brought in $42,990

Total pledged for the month: $241,173

For the month, the top projects were:

The top grossing project: MOONSHOT: The Indigenous Comics Collection - $74,792

Most backers: MOONSHOT: The Indigenous Comics Collection – 1569 backers

Highest percent above goal raised: Pewfell in: Drain of Chaos – 1294.50%

Highest average pledge: El Ultimo Volume I – $257.25

Lowest average pledge: Broken Angel #1 – $14.68

That wraps up this week’s data! I’ll be making tweaks to this as more are done, so let me know what you want to see!

State of the Union a Mixed Bag for Gamers

President Obama and Spider-ManThe President’s State of the Union address was a dangerously mixed-bag for gamers Tuesday night. The plethora of recent high-profile data breaches and hacks, such as the Sony hack, has given the President the political cover to push a stringent agenda that offers more potential negatives for gamers than positives. Interestingly, even though the President talked about Internet issues extensively in three speeches leading up to the State of the Union, he spent relatively little time on the subject Tuesday night. Indeed, the word “Internet” only appears three times in his hour-long speech and is only used in broad ideas, not connected to specific policies. However, by looking at those earlier speeches and their associated legislative proposals, gamers can understand the President’s Internet priorities.

On the bright side of things, President Obama’s call to increase broadband Internet service through municipal networks could be good news for thousands of underserved gamers. Currently, nineteen states have laws in place that make it illegal for counties or cities to build and offer their own Internet service to residents. The President and the FCC argue the FCC has the authority to change that through rule-making. The FCC chairperson has been warning of this action since the summer and last week, the President gave a preview of the issue. Many Republicans believe that the FCC does not have the regulatory authority and that this issue is a legislative one.

Municipal broadband, when it works, generally offers great rates for very fast Internet connections. Chattanooga, Tennessee, for example, has a system that offers 100 Mbps connections for $58 and 1 Gbps for $70 per month. However, in order for municipal broadband to be effective, you generally need relatively high density and/or centralized population to make the investment make sense. It is a plan that does not generally work in rural communities, meaning that the least served in America will remain so.

Also good news for gamers, one of the three mentions of the Internet in the State of the Union was his pledge “to protect a free and open Internet”. This is a clear signal that the President intends to continue his push for Net Neutrality. Net Neutrality is the idea that all traffic and devices on the Internet should be treated the same by carriers- ISPs cannot discriminate based on where this data originates or is headed. For gamers, Net Neutrality would ensure we do not have to pay more for our connections to Steam, Xbox Live, PSN, or any other gaming service nor would it cost us more to keep our speeds high.

More troubling for gamers is the President’s “tough” stance on cybersecurity issues. His proposals could lead to a murkier legal landscape when it comes to many of the activities in which gamers like to partake. There is a new data and intelligence sharing bill very similar to previous bills that the Internet rose up against with such responses as the Internet blackout of 2012. The new incarnation is CISPA and it has many of the same concerns as the earlier versions, but this time, apparently, it also has the President’s support.

For gamers, the language is especially troubling because it gives companies immunity for data breaches. PSN had a data breach in 2011 that led to the compromise of millions of users’ information. Sony settled a resultant class-action suit for $15 million dollars. That would not be an issue for them under the new law. Additionally, the law asks that information about “cyber-threats” be shared with the US government without adequately defining what that means. Theoretically, the government could know what you are doing on-line without a warrant because private companies are freely telling them in the name of information sharing.

The other very troubling change for gamers is a tightening of language and increase in punishments under the Computer Abuse and Fraud Act. The changes would further criminalize violations of terms of service. Do you let a friend share your gaming service log-in? Currently, that is a violation of the Terms of Service and can get your account suspended. If these proposed changes go into law, that act could be a felony. One would hope that federal prosecutors would have something better to do with their time, but as the Aaron Swartz case suggests this is sadly not always true.

So what can you, as a gamer, do to ensure your rights online stay strong? Contact your representatives and let them know your opinion. Let them know this is a priority issue for you, and let your voice be heard.

Demo-Graphics: Transformers

It’s Monday and that means another dive into Facebook‘s data. This week I thought I’d take a new look at Transformers who are gearing up for a major storyline in IDW Publishing‘s comics as well as tie-in toys from Hasbro.

The last time I looked at the Transformers was in 2013 and since then there’s been some massive changes in Facebook’s toolset that delivers a lot more data.I’ve broken down the data a few ways, but kept it focused on size of the universe and the gender of people who “like” the various terms. There’s a grand total stat where I looked at 128 different terms including character names, series, movies, toys, etc. Then, there’s a break down of specific terms. Finally, I have the gender break down of all of the characters.I think what’s interesting is that most of the percentages for women are in the 40% range, showing how genders like different things, but it’s all pretty consistent.Check out below for all of the various breakdowns.transformers facebook 1.19.15

KickStarting: Comics

Money_CashIt’s a new week and KickStarting: Comics is back with a look at how much was raised/pledged for comic projects on Kickstarter for the past week!

I realize some projects are not in US dollars, but they all will count the same regardless of origin, for now. $1 US will be the same as $1 CAD, $1 AUD, etc.

Over the past week 9 projects were successfully funded.

For the past week from January 12 to January 18 the statistics are:

Average goal: $7,941.11
Average pledged: $11,254
Average number of backers: 284.33
Average pledge: $39.58
Average percent raised: 141.72%
Most common given amount: $30 (905 times)
Most money from pledge level: $30 level brought in $27,180

Total pledged for the week: $101,286

For the week, the top projects were:

The top grossing project: MOONSHOT: The Indigenous Comics Collection - $74,792

Most backers: MOONSHOT: The Indigenous Comics Collection – 1569 backers

Highest percent above goal raised: God Hates Dinosaurs – 723.25%

Highest average pledge: R.u.N. (Remember ur Nature) Parkour Manga Volume 1 – $53.95

Lowest average pledge: Pints of Failure #1 – Comic Book – $17.42

For the month of January, for the 24 successful projects, the statistics are:

Average goal: $6,771.21
Average pledged: $10,010.21
Average number of backers: 223.83
Average pledge: $44.72
Average percent raised: 147.83%
Most common given amount: $30 (1433 times)
Most money from pledge level: $30 level brought in $42,990

Total pledged for the month: $240,245

For the month, the top projects were:

The top grossing project: MOONSHOT: The Indigenous Comics Collection - $74,792

Most backers: MOONSHOT: The Indigenous Comics Collection – 1569 backers

Highest percent above goal raised: Pewfell in: Drain of Chaos – 1294.50%

Highest average pledge: El Ultimo Volume I – $257.25

Lowest average pledge: Pints of Failure #1 – Comic Book – $17.42

That wraps up this week’s data! I’ll be making tweaks to this as more are done, so let me know what you want to see!

IDW Publishing Comes to Farrago Comics

farrago comicsThe last we had mentioned Farrago Comics was back during San Diego Comic Con, when the digital platform was just starting to stretch its legs. The platform’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. It’s a business model that’s relatively new to the industry and the latest example of the various digital models that have launched in the past year.

Since then, there’s been a bit of a soft launch in a beta phase with the platform focused mostly on Golden Age comics and indie creators and a move from the initial iPad app to also being available on the Android system as well (it says for tablets, but it worked on my phone). While focused on classic and indie books, the app also featured some series from Top Cow, and creator Paul Jenkins.

This past week, the highest profile publisher to date was announced. IDW Publishing will see some of its comics come to the app.

Here’s the whole list and what’s out now:

  • 30 Days of Night #1
  • Mystery Society #1
  • Winterworld #1
  • Zombies vs Robots #0

On Farrago: January 21, 2014

  • Groom Lake #1
  • The Last Fall #1
  • V-Wars #1

On Farrago: January 28, 2014

  • Night of 1,000 Wolves #1
  • Pantheon #1
  • Memorial #1

All of that’s a nice start, and many of these comics you’d have to pay for on other apps. It’ll be interesting to see how this partnership expands.

 

KickStarting: Comics

Money_CashIt’s a new week and KickStarting: Comics is back with a look at how much was raised/pledged for comic projects on Kickstarter for the past week!

I realize some projects are not in US dollars, but they all will count the same regardless of origin, for now. $1 US will be the same as $1 CAD, $1 AUD, etc.

Over the past week 10 projects were successfully funded.

For the past week from January 5 to January 11 the statistics are:

Average goal: $6,233.90
Average pledged: $9,732.50
Average number of backers: 215.50
Average pledge: $45.16
Average percent raised: 156.12%
Most common given amount: $30 (447 times)
Most money from pledge level: $30 level brought in $13,410

Total pledged for the week: $97,325

For the week, the top projects were:

The top grossing project: Sorcery 101 Omnibus Vol 1 of 2 – $26,048

Most backers: Sorcery 101 Omnibus Vol 1 of 2 – 621 backers

Highest percent above goal raised: Pewfell in: Drain of Chaos – 1294.50%

Highest average pledge: Prymal The Jungle Warrior The Savage Campaign - $96.52

Lowest average pledge: Hero Happy Hour Vs. The Supreme Leader – Comic Book – $18.40

For the month of January, for the 15 successful projects, the statistics are:

Average goal: $6,069.27
Average pledged: $9,263.93
Average number of backers: 187.53
Average pledge: $49.40
Average percent raised: 152.64%
Most common given amount: $30 (527 times)
Most money from pledge level: $30 level brought in $15,810

Total pledged for the month: $138,959

For the month, the top projects were:

The top grossing project: The Hunting Accident Graphic Novel – $26,436

Most backers: Sorcery 101 Omnibus Vol 1 of 2 – 621 backers

Highest percent above goal raised: Pewfell in: Drain of Chaos – 1294.50%

Highest average pledge: El Ultimo Volume I – $257.25

Lowest average pledge: Hero Happy Hour Vs. The Supreme Leader – Comic Book – $18.40

That wraps up this week’s data! I’ll be making tweaks to this as more are done, so let me know what you want to see!

Marvel Gets Dark Horse’s Star Wars Back Catalog

A question that has been out there since the Star Wars license returned to Marvel was what would happen to the back catalog produced by Dark Horse for the past 20 years? We asked that exact question in January.

While it has been previously announced that Marvel’s previously produced Star Wars comics would be reprint, it was still up in the air what would happen to Dark Horse’s content. Today we have some sort of answer as Star Wars comics have come to comiXology under the Marvel banner.

Recent releases, as well as classics such as Dark Empire can now be purchased on comiXology, a first since Dark Horse is not available on the digital comic app. Now…. will these see print?

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