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ComiXology Launches a Refer a Friend Program

comixology refer a friendToday, comiXology announced the latest way to spread the love of comics with the launch of comiXology’s Refer-A-Friend program – an all-new initiative for fans to benefit when they share their love of comics, graphic novels, and manga. Comic fans using comiXology’s Refer-A-Friend program will receive a $5 eGift card for each new friend they refer, and that friend will receive a special $5 coupon to use on their first purchase of $10 or more.

To earn credits, comiXology fans just need to follow these simple steps:

  • Go to http://refer.comixology.com and log in.
  • Choose to share via Facebook, Twitter or email.
  • When your friends click your link, they’ll receive a unique $5 coupon to use on their first purchase of $10 or more.
  • Once they make their first purchase ever with comiXology of $10 or more, you’ll receive a $5 eGift card for your hard work!

The Refer-a-Friend feature is only available on comixology.com. For those that want to get int the full terms and conditions including eligible states you can do so here. For these who want to read their FAQ, you can do so here.

It’s great to see the company innovate and give a further incentive to comic fans to do what we already love to do, talk about comics and get people interested! Anything to grow the industry and audience should be applauded, and it happening on a digital platform creates an easy access point for those who might be interested in checking comics out.

A Free Month of Marvel Unlimited

MarvelUnlimited_AgeOfUltron_FreeMonthMarvel Unlimited is celebrating the release of Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron and offering new and returning subscribers their first month free to prepare for the cinematic event of the summer. For the first month of a Marvel Unlimited monthly subscription, new and returning subscribers will be able to enjoy free access to over 15,000 digital Marvel comics!

Unlock the Marvel Universe using the Promo Code ULTRON at Marvel Unlimited Checkout and prepare for some of the greatest Marvel comics featuring Captain America, Iron Man, Thor, Black Widow and many more!  Marvel Unlimited is accessible on the web and through the Marvel Unlimited app for iPhone, iPad and Android devices.

New to the Marvel Universe and don’t know where to start? No need to worry! Marvel Unlimited subscribers have access to the DISCOVER section of Marvel Unlimited. Subscribers are now able to discover easy to follow avenues into the Marvel Universes by being able to search by their favorite storylines, characters or creators.

Marvel Promotes Comics with Fandango and Age of Ultron

I tend to call out missed opportunities when it comes to marketing comics to those who might be interested in comic books. For instance the lack of advertising of comic books during movies based on comic books have driven me crazy. That’s why it was great to open up my email today and come across a promotion between Fandango and Marvel for those who buy tickets to Avengers: Age of Ultron through the ticketing service.

The promotion provided seven “free” digital comics via the Marvel digital comic app. The comics provided are Avengers Origins: Quicksilver & the Scarlet Witch, Hawkeye #1, Thor: God of Thunder #1, Captain America #1, Black Widow #1, Hulk #1, and Superior Iron Man #1.

Two other things also stand out. Marvel, in the redemption page, has a “source” of Fandango. That means they’re tracking how well the promotion does, probably to see if it’s worth while to repeat in the future. What gets measured, gets done, after all. Also, towards the middle of the Fandango email was a link to a discounted digital copy of the Age of Ultron trade paperback.

This type of promotion should be standard with every movie, television show, tie-in released, so great to see. Now, to provide digital codes in all toys….

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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. There is one exception, there is one project which was in the Danish Krone. That has been converted and rounded to the nearest dollar.

Over the past week 18 projects were successfully funded.

For the past week from April 20 to April 26 the statistics are:

Average goal: $4,119.44
Average pledged: $7,076.17
Average number of backers: 156.17
Average pledge: $45.31
Average percent raised: 171.77%
Most common given amount: $15 (558 times)
Most money from pledge level: $50 level brought in $15,150

Total pledged for the week: $127,371

For the week, the top projects were:

The top grossing project: Victoria Jr. – $24,932

Most backers: Victoria Jr. – 688 backers

Highest percent above goal raised: Victoria Jr. – 755.52%

Highest average pledge: Isis/E’steem Series Crossover Event Cover Art Project – $143

Lowest average pledge: BDR: Pretty Big Deal – $13.31

For the month of April, for the 83 successful projects, the statistics are:

Average goal: $5,181.41
Average pledged: $9,259.94
Average number of backers: 206.67
Average pledge: $44.80
Average percent raised: 178.71%
Most common given amount: $25 (2793 times)
Most money from pledge level: $25 level brought in $69,825

Total pledged for the month: $768,575

For the month, the top projects were:

The top grossing project: The Beyond Anthology – $79,670

Most backers: The Beyond Anthology – 2521 backers

Highest percent above goal raised: Zara – 2600%

Highest average pledge: The Adventures of Wook and Womp – $196.88

Lowest average pledge: BDR: Pretty Big Deal – $13.31

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!

Final Chapter of Pathfinder’s Rise of the Runelords Now Available from Syrinscape

PathfinderSyrinscape has announced the release of the Spires of Xin-Shalast SoundPack, the final chapter in the wildly popular Rise of the Runelords Adventure Path for the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game.

Having steeped their weapons in the ancient magic of Thassilon, the PCs in Pathfinder RPG Adventure Path: Spires of Xin-Shalast, are finally ready to confront the newly risen Runelord Karzoug at the seat of his power. To do so, they must travel high into the mountains, to the fabled city of Xin-Shalast, where they will be confronted by enormous giants, dragons, and other monsters before they can finally confront the mad wizard of greed in his mountaintop palace. With the Spires of Xin-Shalast SoundPack from Syrinscape, players will experience this epic confrontation like never before, as the entire campaign comes to life with hand-crafted, custom soundscapes, effects, music, and beastly cacophony.

The Spires of Xin-Shalast SoundPack from Syrinscape provides the complete soundscape for the adventure, including:

  • An enormous and very angry Blue Dragon
  • The weirdness of Leng Spiders
  • A stampede of Aurochs
  • The Wendigo
  • An inhumanely tall tower
  • A semi-plain of fire
  • A huge animated chain
  • And much, much more!

With the release of the final SoundPack for Rise of the Runelords, Syrinscape also announces today the launch of a brand new way to purchase the Adventure Path SoundPacks – as an all-in-one sound package of adventure. This offering includes all 6 of the SoundPacks created for Rise of the Runelords, bundled together for $89.99, a 5% discount off cover price. Syrinscape’s SoundPacks for Pathfinder can also be purchased individually for $15.99 each, or as part of Syrinscape’s Pathfinder SoundPack Ongoing Subscription for $6.50/month for the largest savings discount. The ongoing subscription includes access to Syrinscape’s entire library of Fantasy SoundSets, and all of the Pathfinder SoundPacks released to date and in the future. First-time users also now have the option of taking advantage of Syrinscape’s Free 30-Day Trial Offer.

The Syrinscape player is free to download and includes two free Fantasy SoundSets, with sounds such as Bugbear Battle, Witchwood, Flooded Cavern, Elven Vale, Lair of the Siren, and dozens more. Syrinscape is compatible with a wide range of devices, including PC, Mac, Android Tablets, and iPads.

Hero Lab’s Rise of the Runelords Out Now!

Hero LabLone Wolf Development has announced the release of the Rise of the Runelords Anniversary Edition package for Hero Lab. Rise of the Runelords is the first in a new series of add-on packages for Hero Lab, featuring the most-popular Adventure Paths from the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game, and is available now via wolflair.com ($24.99).

This new Hero Lab Adventure Path package provides players with all the tools they’ll need for running the most epic of adventures:

  • Access to all of the encounters from the award-winning, fan-favorite, Pathfinder Adventure Path: Rise of the Runelords Anniversary Edition
  • Pre-built NPCs with spells, gear, feats, traits, armor, items, and more
  • Ability to import the encounters into the Hero Lab Tactical Console to manage combat with a laptop at the game table
  • Option to print-out NPCs and monsters for easy reference
  • Fully customize encounters and NPCs – perfect for the surprise player or home-brew setting
  • Automatic integration of spells, items, and other material from other Pathfinder RPG supplements, such as the Bestiary or Advanced Players Guide, for use within that Adventure Path (purchase of these packages is not necessary)

Designed for players and GMs alike, Hero Lab is the ultimate RPG character management tool. With this award-winning software, players can build characters in minutes for their favorite RPGs, and play from their laptop, iPad or printed character sheets. Indispensable Game Mastering tools, like the Encounter Builder and Tactical Console, ensure GMs don’t have to worry about the hassles of creating or running an encounter. With Hero Lab, preparing for games has never been easier.

In addition to the Pathfinder RPG, Hero Lab is available for Shadowrun, Mutants and Masterminds, Savage Worlds, Call of Cthulhu, World of Darkness, and the d20 System.

Digital Manga Publishing Comes to ClickOnComics

image0041-2ClickOnComics has been making some moves, bringing on more publishers to their digital comics service. The company has announced that releases from Digital Manga Publishing are now available on their service. Titles currently include:

  • Aria, by Chugaku Akamatsu and Kobuichi
  • Brave 10, by Kairi Shimotsuki
  • Taimashin, by Hideyuki Kikuchi and Shin Yong-Gwan
  • Vampire Hunter D, by Saiko Takaki and Hideyuki Kikuchi

In the release there’s mention of bringing “hundreds of manga comics” to the service. The service was founded in 2012 as a subscription-based digital comics reader for just $4.99 a month.

New Pathfinder Adventure Path Packages for Hero Lab

Rise of the Runelords Encounter List (Work in Progress).Lone Wolf Development, creator of the award-winning tabletop game accessory Hero Lab, announced today the development of new Pathfinder Adventure Path packages for Hero Lab. The first add-on package, Rise of the Runelords Anniversary Edition, is available now for pre-order ($24.99), and will release worldwide later this month.

The release of the Rise of the Runelords package launches a new package option within Hero Lab, to provide players all the tools they’ll need for specific Pathfinder RPG Adventure Paths. This first package includes:

  • Access to all of the encounters from the award-winning, fan-favorite, Pathfinder Adventure Path: Rise of the Runelords Anniversary Edition
  • Pre-built NPCs with spells, gear, feats, traits, armor, items, and more
  • Ability to import the encounters into the Hero Lab Tactical Console to manage combat with a laptop at the game table
  • Option to print-out NPCs and monsters for easy reference
  • Automatic integration of spells, items, and other material from other Pathfinder RPG supplements, such as the Bestiary or Advanced Players Guide, for use within that Adventure Path (purchase of these packages is not necessary)

Designed for players and GMs alike, Hero Lab is the ultimate RPG character management tool. With this award-winning software, players can build characters in minutes for their favorite RPGs, and play from their laptop, iPad or printed character sheets. Indispensable Game Mastering tools, like the Encounter Builder and Tactical Console, ensure GMs don’t have to worry about the hassles of creating or running an encounter. With Hero Lab, preparing for games has never been easier.

In addition to the Pathfinder RPG, Hero Lab is available for Shadowrun, Mutants and Masterminds, Savage Worlds, Call of Cthulhu, World of Darkness, and the d20 System.

The Skinsaw Man, a villain in Rise of the Runelords, pre-built in Hero Lab and ready for the encounter. Users can manage all of the Rise of the Runelords encounters in the built-in Hero Lab Tactical Console

Storybundle Launches First Ever Digital Comics Bundle

story-bundle-brandDynamite Entertainment has announced that StoryBundle, a unique literature bundling site known for its support of indie authors, will host – for the first time ever – a comic book bundle promotion that allows readers to purchase almost 100 digital Dynamite comics and graphic novels with “Pay What You Want” purchasing power beginning at $5.00.  A portion of proceeds will be contributed to two very important charitable organizations, the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund and Girls Write Now. The bundle promotion will begin Wednesday, April 8th, on the website StoryBundle.com.

dynamite-logoStoryBundle will offer a fixed set of Dynamite comic books, graphic novel collections, and art books in a bundle, available only for a limited time. Fans and newcomers will decide their own value for each bundle. Bonus books are unlocked when the purchaser achieves certain bonus thresholds. StoryBundle has already sold hundreds of thousands of books through its popular horror, fantasy, video game and sci-fi book bundles, and for the first time ever, welcomes its huge audience to experience the four-color adventures of Dynamite digital comics.

The Dynamite Bundle includes the following collections, comprising over 2,800 pages of comic book storytelling:

  • Amanda Hocking’s The Hollows: A Hollowland Graphic Novel
  • The Art of Ramona Fradon
  • The Complete Alice in Wonderland
  • Jim Butcher’s Dresden Files: War Cry
  • Gail Simone’s Red Sonja Vol. 1: The Queen of Plagues
  • Legenderry: A Steampunk Adventure (by Bill Willingham)
  • Legends of Red Sonja
  • Patricia Briggs’ Mercy Thompson: Moon Called Vol. 1
  • Project Superpowers Vol. 1
  • Red Sonja Unchained
  • Red Sonja: She-Devil with a Sword Omnibus Vol. 1
  • The Essential Painkiller Jane
  • Vampirella Vol. 1: Our Lady of Shadows by Nancy A. Collins

In addition to the graphic novel collections and art book, Dynamite will give readers a taste of several new releases with single comic book issues, including:

  • A Game of Thrones #1
  • Bob’s Burgers #1
  • The Damnation of Charlie Wormwood #1 – #5
  • Jungle Girl: Season Three #1
  • Lady Rawhide/Lady Zorro #1
  • Project Superpowers: Blackcross #1
  • Reanimator #1

Part of the proceeds from the first-ever Dynamite StoryBundle promotion will contribute to the charitable organizations Comic Book Legal Defense Fund and Girls Write Now. The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund is 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. Girls Write Now is the first organization in the country with a writing and mentoring model exclusively for girls, dedicated to providing the guidance, support, and opportunities for underserved high school girls to develop their creative, independent voices, and write their way to a better future.

Dungeons & Dragons Comes to Virtual Tabletop

Sample Dragon NPCWizards of the Coast and SmiteWorks today announced the launch of Dungeons & Dragons content in Fantasy Grounds, the online virtual tabletop. Fantasy Grounds is an application developed by SmiteWorks to help gamers play tabletop role playing games over the internet. D&D fans can now play D&D adventures online inside Fantasy Grounds by purchasing and downloading the virtual tabletop via the Fantasy Grounds website or on Steam. All of the rules, classes and monsters available in the core rulebooks has been converted to be usable within Fantasy Grounds.

The DM runs the game like any other D&D session, with mapping, combat and skill checks all automated through Fantasy Grounds. One of the greatest experiences in Fantasy Grounds is rolling 3D animated dice and having the results shown to the whole table. The drama of rolling that natural 20 against the big ogre about to pummel the party feels just like the group was physically sitting together. Players can download the Fantasy Grounds client, available from FantasyGrounds.com or from Steam, and log in to your Dungeon Master’s specific table.

Now players can purchase the D&D Complete Core Class Pack with all the class, feats, spells and equipment or can purchase individual classes based on what the group is using. It’s possible to buy the monsters in packs separated by monster type like aberrations or dragons or as the D&D Complete Core Monster Pack. All of these packs have been converted to work tightly with Fantasy Grounds to give players the best possible gaming experience. Each pack contains all the great artwork and content from the official products published by Wizards. Not only will players get the same content that can be found in print, but they’ll also get a new UI theme for the client, as well as adventures and content customized specifically for ease of play inside of Fantasy Grounds.

The adventure found in the D&D Starter Set – the Lost Mine of Phandelver – is available for purchase now, and SmiteWorks will be bringing the Tyranny of Dragons and Elemental Evil storylines

Dungeon Masters and players on a budget might pick up a Player Customization Pack and one or two Class Packs. Dungeon Masters can often get by with just the Adventure of their choice and one or two Monster Packs. Players can gift purchases through Steam for Dungeon Masters who have linked their license on Steam.

Fight cunning beholders and ancient red dragons with long-distance friends! Roll that virtual d20 with advantage!

D&D content available for play inside Fantasy Grounds includes:

  • D&D Complete Core Class Pack offers twelve core character classes, class descriptions, special features, spells and abilities, as well as customization options such as equipment and feats. The Complete Core Class Pack also includes D&D Player Packs, which allows players to access information about all the characters classes, and D&D Monster Packs for Dungeon Masters to collect as needed. ($49.99)
  • D&D Complete Core Monster Pack features the entire collection of core monsters from the D&D Monster Manual and is perfect for Dungeon Masters to use to create encounters and combats within their campaigns. ($49.99)
  • D&D Lost Mine of Phandelver adventure is set a short distance from the city of Neverwinter in the Sword Coast region of the Forgotten Realms and can be played with four to five 1st level characters. During the course of the adventure the characters will advance to 5th level. ($19.99)

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