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Humble Bundle’s Community Donates $50 Million for Charity

Humble Bundle, the pay-what-you-want digital distributor, has announced that its community has contributed more than $50 million for charitable causes to date. Since 2010, Humble Bundle has curated digital video game bundles and has put the power in the hands of the consumer, letting customers name their price and choose how their purchase dollars are allocated — between Humble Bundle, the game developers and charity.

The Humble Bundle community has helped provide funding for more than 50 charitable organizations, including Child’s Play Charity, the Electronic Frontier Foundation, the American Red Cross, charity: water and Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières. These contributions have helped people with disabilities enjoy games, provided emergency medical aid, funded health care, brought books to schools in Africa, brought clean water to developing countries and much more.

Humble Bundle has since expanded its offerings by including mobile games, audiobooks and e-books. In 2013, the Humble Store was launched, offering digital games at deep discounts. Ten percent of all Humble Store purchases support select charities. The Humble Store met its $1 million for charity milestone in June 2014.

Two Months of Marvel Unlimited for the Price of One

Marvel_Unlimited_LogoMarvel Unlimited is celebrating the holiday season by inviting fans to share the Marvel Universe through Marvel Unlimited! New and returning subscribers will be able to experience access to over 15,000 digital Marvel comics for just $9.99 for the first two months of a Marvel Unlimited monthly subscription!

Given as a gift or purchased for yourself, unlock the Marvel Universe by using the Promo Code UNWRAP at the  Marvel Unlimited checkout and prepare for some of the greatest Marvel Comics featuring The Avengers, Guardians of the Galaxy, Spider-Man and many more!  Marvel Unlimited is accessible on the web and through the Marvel Unlimited app on iPhone, iPad and select 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 Universe by being able to search by their favorite storylines, characters or creators.

Want to learn about Marvel’s Infinity Gauntlet? Marvel Unlimited will show you the entire series and offer you a step-by-step suggested reading order. Curious about who Ant-Man is? Marvel Unlimited is here to provide you with his most heroic Marvel moments. Enjoy Brian Michael Bendis’ writing style? Marvel Unlimited can now show you some of his most acclaimed work all in one place.

With classic and newer issues being added to Marvel Unlimited on a weekly basis as early as six months after they’re in stores, you’ll definitely want to join Marvel Unlimited this holiday season and enjoy the gift of the Marvel Universe!

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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 21 projects were successfully funded.

For the past week from December 8 to December 14 the statistics are:

Average goal: $5,085
Average pledged: $7,649.52
Average number of backers: 129.90
Average pledge: $58.89
Average percent raised: 150.43%
Most common given amount: $25 (476 times)
Most money from pledge level: $25 level brought in $11,900

Total pledged for the week: $160,640

For the week, the top projects were:

The top grossing project: Jim Balent & Holly G’s -Crossover: When Magick Meets Manga ! – $31,156

Most backers: Translating Pow Pow Press- 410 backers

Highest percent above goal raised: Jim Balent & Holly G’s -Crossover: When Magick Meets Manga ! – 389.45%

Highest average pledge: The Minerva Volume One and Two – $508.53

Lowest average pledge: Sonnet – $28.07

For the month of December, for the 37 successful projects, the statistics are:

Average goal: $5,015.95
Average pledged: $7,211.59
Average number of backers: 125.92
Average pledge: $57.27
Average percent raised: 143.77%
Most common given amount: $25 (630 times)
Most money from pledge level: $50 level brought in $16,300

Total pledged for the month: $266,829

For the month, the top projects were:

The top grossing project: Jim Balent & Holly G’s -Crossover: When Magick Meets Manga ! – $31,156

Most backers: Translating Pow Pow Press- 410 backers

Highest percent above goal raised: Jim Balent & Holly G’s -Crossover: When Magick Meets Manga ! – 389.45%

Highest average pledge: The Minerva Volume One and Two – $508.53

Lowest average pledge: TRETA-YUGA #1 – $23.82

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!

Instant Checkout debuts on comixology.com

comixology small imageComiXology has debuted Instant Checkout on comixology.com. This new ability to purchase with a single push of a button makes buying digital comics, graphic novels, and manga easier than ever before. Since being acquired by Amazon, comiXology has introduced a number of enhancements to the customers’ buying experience such as Pay with Amazon, which allows comiXology fans to pay using their Amazon credentials; the Download to App Button, which allows Kindle Fire, Android, iPhone and iPad users to download their newest purchases directly to the comiXology app; and improved search.

To use Instant Checkout, comiXology users must have a saved payment method linked to their account – either a credit card, Pay with Amazon credentials or PayPal. Once the payment info is saved, users will be able purchase any of comiXology’s over 50,000 comics, graphic novels & manga on comixology.com with a single push of a button.

For the mobile browser, after buying titles via Instant Checkout, pushing the “Read” button on the mobile web checkout screen will now take you to the comiXology app and prompt you to download your book right away from the product detail page. This update makes it easier for mobile web users to buy then read in the app.

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ComiXology’s 12 Days of Free Comics Starts Today

comixology small imageStarting today, comiXology rings in the holiday season by once again giving away a new free comic every day for twelve days during their Third Annual 12 Days of Free Comics event. Come see what each day’s free comic is by visiting comixology.com.

While you’re getting a sensational new comic from a surprise publisher every day, remember that you can also gift these great titles to friends, family, co-workers and anyone on your gift-giving list absolutely free!

ComiXology’s Third Annual 12 Days of Free Comics will run from Thursday, December 11th until Monday, December 22nd with one new free comic available every day to download or to gift to anyone you choose. Be sure to check out comixology.com every day to find out what the new free comic of the day is during the 12 Days of Free Comics.

With over 50,000 comics and graphic novels from more than 75 publishers, comiXology offers the widest selection of digital comics in the world. ComiXology’s immense catalog and cinematic Guided View reading experience make it the best digital platform for comic and graphic novel fans worldwide.

Piracy Crippled as The Pirate Bay is Knocked Offline

piracy featuredIf you’re looking for your torrent of pirated comics this Wednesday, you might have a more difficult time than usual. The Pirate Bay was knocked offline, after police in Sweden raided the controversial technology tool, seizing servers, computers, and other officer equipment. Violations of copyright law are the reasons cited and reported for the move.

In a statement to TorrentFreak, police national coordinator for IP enforcement Paul Pintér said:

There has been a crackdown on a server room in Greater Stockholm. This is in connection with violations of copyright law.

Numerous websites are down on top of the Pirate Bay’s main website (at least the previous version of it). The Pirate Bay’s forum Suprbay.org, image-hosting website Bayimg.com, and text-hosting website Pastebay.net are also offline. Other peer-to-peer torrent sites have also been brought down as well.

This comes a couple of days after Google Play took down apps related to The Pirate Bay, and around a month after the arrest of four of the co-founders for the website.

The Pirate Bay is already back online at a Costa Rican top-level domain, showing the game of whac-a-mole that’s played when trying to combat this sort of thing.

Comic-Graphics: Weekly Facebook Page Stats

It’s Monday which means a new Marketing Monday and checking out how the various Facebook fanpages have grown or shrunk over the past two weeks.

Overall, the pages continued to grow, this week gaining 8,037,330, or 16.68%. This is primarily due to Marvel, who most likely consolidated some pages into one main page. The generic comic book page though took a hit, shedding almost 1 million likes.

There was some decent movement this past week towards the bottom of the list. Some pages hopped multiple spots. Arrows are present to indicate if a page has increased in ranking from the previous week. There is also one new page noted.

facebook overall 12.8.14Marvel remained in the top spot, most likely due to page consolidation.

facebook new likes 12.8.14Marvel was not shockingly in the top spot, but one of the generic comic pages also saw solid growth to me it into second, followed by published Comixtribe, then the Hero Initiative and the top five was rounded out by ComicBlitz.

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Comicsfix releases beta for Animated Panel Editor

After this week’s announcement by iVerse for their newest update to their Comicsplus app, Comicsfix has made their own update announcement, introducing an Animated Panel Editor. It’s a set of tools which allows publishers and readers who want to participate to quickly and easily tap-and-drag to create animated panels for books on the Comicsfix iPad app.

Panel creation is as easy as tapping the screen and dragging your finger to create simple rectangles around the artwork. Each panel can then be enhanced by deciding on the timing and special effects. This allows for special effects such as sound to be added, and can be turned on or off.

This tool is available for both creaters and readers, as readers will be able to make their own panels and share it with friends and the Comicsfix community. Currently, the Animated Panel Editor is available in beta on iPad 2 or newer.

You can check out the video below to see more of the feature.

iVerse Shakes Up Digital Comics with ComicsPLUS 8.0

ComicsPlus_Logo_2012As much as 2014 has been about diversity in comics, the second big story is digital comics, and the massive quakes over the year. We had Image going DRM free (followed later by other publishers), comiXology being bought by Amazon, and the emergence of alternate business plans with apps like Farrago. Now iVerse, which had  been a distant second behind comiXology, seems to be doubling down and making their case as to why individuals should give the digital app a second look with ComicsPLUS 8.0.

The updated app features:

  • All-New Design
  • Graphic Novel Rentals w/ OFFLINE READING
  • uView enhanced reading experience
  • Enhanced Search w/ Popular and Saved Search Options
  • Import Digital File support (ePub, PDF, CBR, CBZ)
  • uView creation and editing for imported files
  • In-App Parental Controls

The new app has been built from the ground up, and the addition of being able to add PDFs that aren’t purchased is huge. Their new “rental” program also adds a new revenue stream and business model that should be interesting and allows people to “rent select graphic novels for 24, 48, or 120 hours.  Rented comics  can be viewed offline without the need for an Internet connection.”

The uView feature is interesting in that it allows individuals to edit their own reading experience in a do-it-yourself guided view. My guess is, this is a feature that’ll be generally underused as it takes away reading time.

On top of a shiny new app though is the big news that all of DC Comics’s monthly comics will now be available on iVerse and backlist is coming. DC’s move continues the slow chipping away at comiXology’s dominance through selection alone, though the chances of people completely abandoning their past purchases for a new app are pretty low. While DC’s comics have been available digitally for some time, it was only the comiXology platform that really had them when it came to apps.

That’s a lot of pretty big news on the digital comic front for the end of the year, and wraps up a pretty shaky year as a whole. My gut (and what I hear through the grapevine) says this is only the beginning, and we should expect some bigger news in 2015.

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Comic-Graphics: Weekly Facebook Page Stats

It’s Monday which means a new Marketing Monday and checking out how the various Facebook fanpages have grown or shrunk over the past two weeks.

Overall, the pages continued to grow, this week gaining 664,586 which is 1.65%. That’s over twice the previous growth, mainly driven by Marvel.

There was some decent movement this past week towards the bottom of the list. Some pages hopped multiple spots. Arrows are present to indicate if a page has increased in ranking from the previous week. There is also one new page noted.

Facebook Overall 12.1.14Marvel took the top spot in total new likes with a massive gain over the last two weeks.

Facebook New Likes 12.1.14Valiant moved into the top spot, with Comixtribe in second, Marvel in third, Comicsfix in fourth, and the Hero Initiative in fifth. That’s a big shake-up when it comes to percentages.

Facebook Percentage 12.1.14

 

 

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