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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.

New York Comic Con 2014: ComiXology Comes To NYCC 2014

comixology cbldfTake comics further this New York Comic Con 2014 (NYCC) as comiXology hosts an impressive line-up of panels loaded with special guests as well as Kindle Fire HDX and Fire 6 tablet giveaways. Also, don’t miss the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund (CBLDF) party Saturday, October 11th, proudly sponsored by comiXology and Dynamite Entertainment, where there will be free food, drinks and even more giveaways! NYCC 2014 runs from Thursday, October 9th through Sunday, October 12th at the Jacob Javits Convention Center in New York City.

ComiXology will be joined on panels each day of NYCC by such comic industry tastemakers as The Bunker co-creator Joshua Fialkov, superstar creator Jimmy Palmiotti, Take-Two Interactive Software Inc.’s Bill Jemas, Publishers Weekly Senior News Editor Calvin Reid, Oily Comics Publisher and TEOTFW creator Charles Forsman, BOOM! Box editor and Lumberjanes co-creator Shannon Watters, Fantagraphics Books Marketing Manager Jen Vaughn, The Agency co-creators Bethany & Ruben Romero, Five Ghost co-creator Frank J. Barbiere, and Nelvana of the Northern Lights Publisher Hope Nicholson! ComiXology will also be giving away a Kindle Fire HDX or Fire 6 tablet to one lucky attendee at every panel.

Keep your Saturday night free during NYCC as comiXology co-sponsors the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund NYCC party with Dynamite Entertainment. The event is open to fans and professionals alike and will take place Saturday, October 11th, 8-10pm at Tir Na Nog – Time Square, 315 W 39th St, New York, NY 10018. There will be free food, drinks, and prize giveaways throughout the evening. A suggested $10 admission fee will be collected at the door with all proceeds benefiting the great work of the CBLDF.

Here’s comiXology’s full schedule for New York Comic Con 2014:

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 9th

PANEL:

ComiXology Submit: The Future of Self-Publishing
When: Thursday, October 9th, 6PM-6:45PM
Room: 1A21

To date, comiXology Submit has released over 2000 independent comic books, graphic novels & manga from celebrated indie creators like Shannon Wheeler, Becky Cloonan & more. Join John D. Roberts (Director of comiXology Submit) along with Submit breakout successes Joshua Fialkov (The Bunker co-creator), Charles Forsman (Oily Comics Publisher and TEOTFW creator), Bethany Ruben Romero (The Agency co-creators) for a tell-all discussion on how you too can create, submit & reach the ranks of comiXology Submit stardom! Moderated by comiXology’s Chip Mosher.

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 10th

PANEL:

Comics: Where to begin?
When:  Friday, October 10th, 6PM – 6:45PM
Room: 1A21

Just getting into comics but not sure where to start? We’re here to help! Join some of the industry’s biggest professionals as they dig into their vast comic knowledge to personally recommend series just right for you! Join comiXology co-founder & CEO David Steinberger as well as Bill Jemas (Take-Two Interactive Software Inc.), Calvin Reid (Publishers Weekly Senior News Editor), Jen Vaughn (Fantagraphics Books Marketing Manager), Shannon Watters (BOOM! Box Editor and Lumberjanes co-creator), Frank J. Barbiere (Five Ghosts co-creator), with moderating by Chip Mosher (comiXology), as they guide you through the awesome world of comics!

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 11th

PANEL:

ComiXology: Ask Me Anything
When: Saturday, October 11th, 5PM – 5:45PM
Room: 1A18

From how to publish your own comic book through comiXology Submit to a “how-to” on beginning your own successful start-up just like comiXology co-founders & panelists David Steinberger & John D. Roberts, ComiXology spills the beans on everything you’ve ever wanted to know about digital comics, publishing, LIFE & more! Moderated by comiXology’s marketing maven, Chip Mosher, this panel will answer your burning curiosities in a no-holds-barred Q & A of epic proportions!

PARTY:

ComiXology NYCC Party Benefiting the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund Hosted in Part by Dynamite Entertainment
When: Saturday, October 11th, 8PM-10PM
Where: Tir Na Nog – Time Square, 315 W 39th St, New York, NY 10018
Cost: Suggested $10 admission fee. (All door proceeds go to the CBDLF)

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 12th

PANEL:

Successfully Crowdfund Your Comic
Time: Sunday, October 12th, 1:15PM – 2PM
Room: 1A01

Get in on the self-publishing revolution! From crowdfunding your own comic on Kickstarter to self-publishing with comiXology Submit, this is a panel you can’t miss. Join John D. Roberts (Director of comiXology Submit), Jen Vaughn (Fantagraphics Books Marketing Manager), Jimmy Palmiotti (multiple-Kickstarter success story), & Hope Nicholson (Nelvana of the Northern Lights Publisher) for an in-depth discussion that will give you the knowledge to successfully create, fund & promote your own comic! Moderated by comiXology’s Ivan Salazar.

Review: Hollow’s Prism #1

hollow's prismHollow’s Prism follows the story of Thenn, a mercenary and rebel from a faraway planet that has been fighting against the people that enslaved her race. After five years on the run and in rebellion, her crew finally gives up on her and the ideals for a safer life. This setup reveals a number of somewhat generic clichés in terms of science fiction. There is a somewhat generic crew, and a somewhat generic setting, and this leads to an even more generic result, of the main character being left behind to die on an abandoned planet.

All of this works towards setting up this issue to being somewhat like a lot of bland science fiction. There is little difference between the events here and what one might expect from some golden age science fiction. However, after this is set up, the story really does get a lot more interesting. In terms of the cliché of characters being trapped on planets, there is one commonality, and that is that the characters escape. The same holds true for this story as the main character does indeed find a way off of the planet, but it is an unconventional way, at least in terms of the story telling. Really in that regard, what it interesting here is the concept behind the planet which makes this a workable idea.

This clever mechanic is what I sometimes like and sometimes dislike about the independent releases from Comixology every week. Sometimes these series are such stretches in terms of paying homage to the medium that they are not original in any way, which makes them not really worth reading. In this case though, although the setting and background of the characters is fairly generic, the plot is not, and even realizes one of the better accolades in terms of my reading, which can be summed up easily as “I wish that I had thought of that!” The end result is still a little rough, as is the case with most of these series that Comixology releases as they are often newcomers looking to break into the business, but as is the case here, there is some potential here.

 Story: Christa Yelich-Koth  Art: Conrad Teves
Story: 7.5 Art: 6.0 Overall: 7.5 Recommendation: Read

Comixology and Green-Eyed Unicorn Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy

ComiXology Announces More DRM Free Publishers

comixology drm free wave twoToday comiXology unveiled the latest group of publishers offering DRM-free backups, allowing comiXology customers to download and store copies of their books. ComiXology’s new DRM-free backup feature was announced this past July during San Diego Comic-Con.

The second wave of participating publishers include IDW Publishing, Valiant Entertainment, Oni Press, Fantagraphics Books, Aspen Comics, Action Lab Entertainment, Th3rd World Studios, A Wave Blue World, Blind Ferret Entertainment, Caliber Comics, Creative Impulse Entertainment, Devil’s Due Entertainment, GT Labs Comics and Kingstone Media. They join Image Comics, Dynamite Entertainment, Zenescope Entertainment, MonkeyBrain Comics, Thrillbent, and Top Shelf Productions in offering this new option to customer. Creators using comiXology Submit also have the option to offer their comics, graphic novels, and manga as DRM-free backups. Some of the new publishers have previously announced going DRM free, or provide the option on other platforms.

To obtain the DRM-free backups of digital comics on comiXology, 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 the second wave of participating publishers will be available for backup starting today. Backups from participating publishers can be downloaded in high definition PDF and CBZ.

Customers will continue to enjoy all 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.

Small Press Expo Comes to Amazon. Amazon Comes to Small Press Expo.

spx_amazonThe Small Press Expo is running this weekend just outside of Washington, DC in Bethesda, MD. The show is the premiere convention for independent comics, not just drawing big names, but also some amazing talent who don’t get the exposure deserved, and are overshadowed by the more known mainstream publishers at other conventions. Walking the floor of the convention, you can see that there’s truly something for everyone when it comes to comic books and graphic novels, and there’s fantastic independent and small press comics being produced. But, that’s on the show floor, and in previous years this knowledge and fact was confined to the hotel ballroom, social media, word of mouth, and the various blogs that covered it all.

In steps Amazon, who, in their comics and graphic novels section, is highlighting some of the amazing comics and graphic novels you’ll find at the show from the exhibitors and Ignatz nominees. Started in 1997, the Ignatz Awards is the show prize of the Small Press Expo recognizing outstanding achievements in comics and cartooning. For some of the offerings you can buy print copies, and others you can get it right away for the Kindle, all at the solid prices you’d expect from Amazon.

It’s wonderful to see this, not only is the giant in online sales promoting graphic novels, it also promotes the convention itself, putting it out there for many to see. Amazon has even gone so far as to promote it all through their email program, putting SPX and the graphic novels in front of a potential audience that many would kill to be shown to.

spx_amazon_2This promotion is on top of what comiXology is doing on their site. ComiXology, the leading digital comics platform, has been running a bundle deal where you can purchase 82 comics from folks exhibiting and attending the show for just $10. They’ve promoted it through their social media channels including Facebook, Twitter, and Tumblr. That bundle deal ends later today, so get purchasing (and you can pay through Amazon payments)!

While comiXology has supported SPX, and the Ignatz before, this is a first for Amazon, who has previously supported the Eisners, the awards from San Diego Comic-Con. This is a huge boost for independent comics, and particularly the Small Press Expo, a gem of a convention.

ComiXology was purchased by Amazon earlier this year, and now you have two heavy weights (part of one family) showing much love for the indie comics scene. While some have been worried about the acquisition, moves like this show why it is a good thing, and overall, the purchase of comiXology by Amazon is a positive for the comics community as a whole.

ComiXology Sponsors Ignatz at SPX & Offers $10 SPX Submit Bundle

comixology spxComiXology is celebrating their return to the Small Press Expo (SPX) this weekend by sponsoring the prestigious Ignatz Awards and by making a special SPX-themed comiXology Submit bundle available all weekend long with over 80 books for only $10.

For this weekend only, comiXology is making available a special SPX bundle that gathers a wide range of creators, cartoonists, and small press publishers exhibiting and attending SPX 2014 who have offered their works through the comiXology Submit self-publishing program, bringing a taste of the SPX experience to fans around the globe that could not otherwise attend.

The Small Press Expo brings together some of the best and brightest creators and cartoonists in independent comics. This year, SPX 2014 will be held at the Marriott Bethesda North Hotel, Saturday and Sunday September 13 – 14.

Started in 1997, the Ignatz Awards is the show prize of the Small Press Expo recognizing outstanding achievements in comics and cartooning. This year, the Ignatz will be held at SPX 2014 on Saturday September 13th at 9:30pm. The Ignatz Awards is open to the public.

If a Digital Comics Service Closes and No One Notices….

In December 2013 it was announced that eBay was teaming up with comiXology to launch a digital comic book store. There was to be a test launch of the service in Europe at some point in this year, as well as eBay moving into selling other goods like music and movies.

I honestly had forgotten about the service completely, and didn’t give it much of a thought since that launch until I noticed today someone clicked to check it out. I decided to follow-up, not having a clue what the link was for, and came to a screen that the service was down/on hold, or in their own words, “out saving the world.”

I decided to dig a bit, and it looks like the service has been down since about April 2014, which is around the same time period it was announced that Amazon was purchasing comiXology. For all the reporting on that purchase, it looks like it’s impact on the eBay/comiXology deal was overlooked….. doh! I guess we’ll see if it returns again in some updated form.

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Review: Tart #4

tart02With the death of another Toxic Fruit soldier, the organization is at a breaking point. Lose any more agents and they might not be able to hold the line against the demonic threat. Tart and two of her colleagues are pulled from the front lines and sent on a survival training mission, while their boss travels to the outskirts of Hell to barter with a Devil.

Definitely one of the major developments of the expansion of the internet is the manner in which information is passed, including in how creative work is published. As opposed to the olden days (if you can call days before the internet as “olden” already) when creators trying to get into the market had to have the right combination of skill and luck, now there is a wide array of ways in which new creators can get their material to the general public. In the case of comiXology, they provide access to their distribution network to not only the big companies but also to start-ups and the self-published. In so doing the creative efforts of the next wave are being given a chance to compete for the attention of the general public, with the weeding out process being met with different forces than before. Instead of editors turning away the aspiring talents, now they can be weeded by either selling or not.

Strangely enough a lot of these stories have some commonalities, and some of these are seen in Tart. It would seem as though new comic creators have a strong affinity for female characters who are demon hunters. Even when as high-profile as a new creator as Jenna Jameson got into comics (though she did not really have much to do other than the concept) this was a core idea. Tart is the same to do some degree as it deals with similar imagery both from a writing and artistic perspective.

tart01As a kind of proving grounds for new comic talent, it is kind of interesting to see some of the work put into this series, having reached #4 already. The writer relies on a lot of simple plot points and the characters are not really fully fleshed out. In a previous issue, the characters dealt with their sexuality, and this too seems to be a hallmark of a new writer, especially it would seem of a male writer handling female characters. Equally the artist here embarks on the same journey, with a certain amount of gratuitous nudity that doesn’t really serve any point. Despite the rookie mistakes here though, it is interesting to read in a sense, kind of like why people will go to a minor league baseball game. They are not likely to see anything new or even very exciting, but still get a reliable form of entertainment, and might just see a future star, all for a fraction of the cost.

In the case of Tart, this might be the case, it is evident that the writer and the artist still have a long way to go, but it also seems like the talent is there.  For someone with a bit of extra change to throw at comics in any given week, this might not be a bad choice. The entire collection of four issues thus far costs less than some monthly comics, and it is promising at times although at other times it is frustrating. The end result is obviously not the same as would be expected from a mainstream publisher, but the reader shouldn’t be looking for this either. On the whole, I would give this a miss, but others might see past some of the shortcomings and find a gem here, or in other comiXology series offering new creators similar opportunities, although this one seems to have some potential hidden within.

Story: Kevin Joseph Art: Ludovic Salle
Story: 5.0 Art: 4.8 Overall: 5.0 Recommendation: Pass

Comixology and Kechal Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Amazon Purchases Twitch.tv

After long rumors of a buy-out by Google, Twitch has been purchased by Amazon for $970 million. The service which allows live video streaming of video games started a little over 3 years ago. According to reports, Twitch will be “keeping most everything the same,” and that the company will remain independent from Amazon. The acquisition will close in the second half of the year.

Twitch is the latest company to be purchased by the giant. Earlier this year Amazon acquired comiXology, the leader in digital comics.

Now, to dream up what Twitch might bring to the table for comiXology…..

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