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SDCC 2015: Kick it Off with the CBLDF Welcome Party, presented by Image Comics and ComiXology

cbldfKick-off San Diego Comic-Con with comics’ greatest creators at the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund’s Comic-Con Welcome Party, sponsored by Image Comics and comiXology with a special gallery display from Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab. The fun starts at 8:00 p.m. PDT on Thursday, July 24, at the Westgate Hotel, where CBLDF welcomes you to Comic-Con for a night of amazing creators, astonishing artwork, and outstanding exclusives. RSVP here.

Meet great creators: Every year the greatest creators in comics drop in at the CBLDF Welcome Party. Confirmed attendees so far this year include Scott Snyder, Jock, Jeff Lemire, Kieron Gillen, Fábio Moon, Gabriel Bá, Tim Seeley, Ben Acker, Ben Blacker, Jonathan Hickman, Joshua Williamson and even more are expected to drop in over the course of the night.

Get the exclusive goods: The first 200 attendees will receive a free gift bag, with exclusive items from Image Comics, McFarlane Toys, comiXology, and CBLDF. RSVP here.

Smell awesome at the Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab/Trading Post: Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab will be debuting their Profanities series, with a selection of limited edition Expletives that will only be available at the CBLDF Welcome Party. Proceeds from every sale at the CBLDF Welcome Party benefit CBLDF.

Get first dibs on CBLDF exclusives: CBLDF has been working hard to put together an exclusive assortment for Comic-Con attendees. We have an all-new tote bag featuring art by the terrific Vanesa R. Del Rey (Hit); an embroidered Comic-Con souvenir patch and new CBLDF t-shirt, both designed by Brian Wood (Starve); and the CBLDF-exclusive variant of Star Trek Green Lantern from IDW Publishing and DC Comics.

Preview the incredible items in CBLDF’s Comic-Con auction: Get a first look at the amazing original art up for grabs at Saturday’s CBLDF Comic-Con Auction, including pieces by Jim Lee, Kelley Jones, Jeff Smith, Matt Kindt, Gilbert Hernandez, J. Scott Campbell, Herb Trimpe, Jeffrey Brown, Greg Ruth, Ray Fawkes, Tyler Crook, and many more.

Get new Neil Gaiman art from Neverwear: Neverwear has an ever-growing line of items based on the works of author Neil Gaiman and is an ardent supporter of CBLDF. Neverwear will support the Fund at the SDCC Welcome Party by premiering “Hope,” a new print by Chris Ridell, along with classic designs by David Mack, Jim Lee, Olivia, and Jouni Koponen. Proceeds from sales at the CBLDF Welcome Party benefit CBLDF.

Come support free speech and experience the best of Comic-Con at the CBLDF Comic-Con Welcome Party, Thursday, July 24, at the Westgate Hotel (1055 Second Avenue, San Diego, CA 92101), from 8:00 – 11:00 PM! This party is FREE for CBLDF Members. Non-members: Suggested $10 – $20 donation at the door, please. You can RSVP here.

Review: Eccentrix One Shot

eccentrixWhat happens when you fight crime too hard? You get Eccentrix! Struggling to find his place on a superhero team, the titular hero Eccentrix has defeated some powerful enemies. But when he turns that power to non-super crime with spectacularly bad results?

This is the third project by collaborators James Maddox and Rob Dumo have worked on, but is the first with colorist Nick WentlandEccentrix is very fun and enjoyable, if a fairly violent comic that probably shouldn’t be given to kids. As a mature comic, however, it’s certainly worth your time. The story focuses on the seemingly naive Eccentrix trying to find his place in the world as a superhero who doesn’t seem to know just how powerful he is.

Balancing the action with story driven scenes that are by no means slow, Eccentrix also adds that which can be very difficult to convey in a comic; dark comedy. Although not quite as evident on the first reading, James Maddox ensures that the comic is worth a second (and even a third) reading. The more I read the comic, the more it made me smirk. Rob Dumo and Nick Wentland’s artwork is good, bordering on great for much of the comic, and joyously compliments the story ever so well.

As a standalone digital only comic book, Eccentrix is very enjoyable. Yes, it may lack a bit of the polish of the big publishers, but the comic is stronger, and more vibrant because of that. Offering a fresh take on super teams once the big bad is defeated, Eccentrix left me wanting to read more. At the end of the day isn’t that what we want from our comics?

Look for Eccentrix on comiXology on July 1st!

Story: James Maddox  Art: Rob Dumo Colors: Nick Wentland
Story: 8.0 Art: 7.5 Overall: 7.75 Recommendation:  Buy

Broken Icon provided Graphic Policy a FREE copy for review.

ComiXology Announces Dark Horse and Version 3.7!

comixology HellboyComiXology continues to roll towards San Diego Comic-Con with two more announcements today following their announced exclusive deal with Marvel that applies to them and Amazon.

First, the digital comics platform announced an agreement with Dark Horse Comics to bring the company’s full digital catalog of collections, graphic novels, and manga to comiXology’s platform! Now, all Dark Horse Comics collections, graphic novels, and manga will be available on comiXology the same day the print versions arrive in bookstores.

The Dark Horse was the last major American publisher not on the digital platform. This agreement tears down the walled off environment people had been forced in to if they were interested in Dark Horse. Now individuals have a choice as to where they’d like to purchase their comics digitally, and achieve that in one app if they choose. A win for readers and customers.

More than 800 titles launch today on comiXology from Dark Horse, including 300, Astro Boy, Avatar: The Last Airbender, Blacksad, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Fear Agent, Frank Miller’s Sin City, Hellboy, MIND MGMT, Serenity, Usagi Yojimbo, The Strain, Grendel, Umbrella Academy, Halo, Lone Wolf and Cub, and so much more.

On top of this deal, comiXology also announced the latest update to their apps. In their press release, the company said when they asked users what features they wanted, the ability to better manage their books was on top of the list. Version 3.7 of the app includes this functionality in new an interesting ways.

Long Press iOS OptionsHere’s the bullet points from the press release:

  • Smart Lists view allows for a quick and easy way to track what you’re reading with the In Progress and Unread lists, the ability to see what you’ve bought with the Recently Purchased list, and even a way to easily maintain your Wish List. You can also get custom recommendations to help you discover new titles and series with the Recommended for You list.
  • New Recommended for You list gives you personalized recommendations based on books you’ve purchased in the past.
  • Long press on any title in the Recommended for You section to Add to Wish List. Android app users can also long press to Add to Cart.
  • Use the new All/On Device filter to toggle between seeing all books you own and just the books you’ve downloaded to your device.
  • Long press on any of your books in Smart Lists and My Books grid view to mark as read, unread, archive or remove from device.
  • New robust sorting options and filters in My Books allow you to view your library sorted by Series, Purchase Date, and Title.
  • Toggle between three views in My Books: grid view, list view and the all-new cover view which lets you browse your library one full-screen cover at a time.
  • Cover view lets you see your entire collection cover by cover when browsing your library
  • Enlarged covers allow you to enjoy the artwork even more.

This is a function I know I struggle with in my reader, so glad to see comiXology tackle this. Responding to their customer’s wants is great to see, and solid customer service.

Breaking: Marvel, comiXology, and Amazon Expand Exclusive Deal

comixology small imageRumors have swirled about the future of various publishers and their relationship with comiXology and new parent company Amazon for quite some time, with lots of unfounded speculation and prognostication. It was announced today that Marvel, comiXology, and Amazon have not only renewed their exclusive relationship, but also expanded it. Not only will comiXology still be the exclusive partner to sell Marvel’s single issue digital comics, but that deal has expanded to the Amazon Kindle for the first time. Single issues of Marvel’s comics will now be sold for that platform day and date, something that’s only been available on comiXology digitally, and brick and mortar stores for physical copies.

comixology marvelSince Amazon purchased comiXology in 2014, many have wondered the impact that would have on the digital comic market. We are seeing some of the positives of such a partnership in this expansion that now makes single issues of Marvel comics to the estimated 30 million Kindle tablet owners, a potential boom in the digital comic marketplace. Kindle users will now be able to purchase Marvel’s single comics without seeking out another app.

Under this deal, over 12,000 single Marvel issues will become available and go on sale for the Amazon Kindle on June 18, 2015 around the world.

What this means for deals Marvel has with others is still unknown. Scribd, for instance, focused on their launch of some Marvel comics when their comics offering was announced, though that was just trades. It is unknown how long this exclusive deal is for, but it will be much more difficult for anyone to challenge comiXology with Marvel off the table. It will also likely influence other publisher’s decisions as their contracts become up for renewal. This is a pretty big deal that currently gives Marvel an edge when it comes to the digital comic market place.

Going in to San Diego Comic-Con, comiXology has announced they’ll be releasing digital and print variants. It’ll be interesting to see what else they might have up their sleeves, since this is the time of year for big announcements. We’ll update this story as more information becomes available.

(via Fast Company)

SDCC 2015: comiXology Offers Print and Digital Variant

ComiXology will be bridging the print-digital divide at Comic-Con International (Booth #2547) this year with a new variant cover available each day at the show and available digitally for the duration of the show at comixology.com.

These special limited edition variants include Marvel ComicsA-Force #2 with cover by Siya Oum, Dynamite Entertainment’s The Spirit #1 with cover by Jenny Frison, BOOM! StudiosLumberjanes #15 with cover by Hope Larson, IDW Publishing’s Onyx #1 with cover by Gabriel Rodriguez, Valiant Entertainment’s X-O Manowar: Valiant 25th Anniversary Special #1 with cover art by Al Barrionuevo and a special comiXology Submit version of Aw Yeah Comics! #1 with cover by Faith Erin Hicks.

If you are at the Comic-Con International, stop by the comiXology booth (#2547) during the signing time to receive a signed copy of that day’s variant cover. Each physical variant giveaway is limited to 500 copies and is made available on a first come, first served basis. Variant signings will feature either the cover artist or key members of the creative team of each title, or both!

Not at the show? Then just go to comixology.com to purchase a special limited edition digital copy of that comic with the variant cover at the usual cover price. Digital versions will be made available the same day as the signing until the end of Comic-Con International – and never be made available again.

Here’s the signing information for each variant cover:

Wednesday, July 8th

7:00pm – 8:00pm  — Get IDW Publishing’s Onyx #1 with special cover by Gabriel Rodriguez with signing by Rodriguez and writer Chris Ryall.
Thursday, July 9th

1:00pm – 2:00pm  — Get BOOM! Studios’ Lumberjanes #15 with cover by Hope Larson with signing by Larson and co-creator Shannon Watters.

 

Friday, July 10th

1:00pm – 2:00pm  — Get Valiant’s X-O Manowar: Valiant 25th Anniversary Special #1 with cover art by Al Barrionuevo with signing by writer Robert Venditti.

 

Saturday, July 11th

1:00pm – 2:00pm  — Get Dynamite’s The Spirit #1 with cover by Jenny Frison with signing by creative team Matt Wagner, Dan Schkade, and Brennan Wagner.

 

4:00pm – 5:00pm  —  Get Marvel’s A-Force #2 with cover art by Siya Oum with signing by Siya Oum.

 

Sunday, July 12th

1:30pm – 2:30pm  — Get comiXology Submit’s Aw Yeah Comics! #1 with cover by Faith Erin Hicks with signing by Aw Yeah creators’ Art Baltazar and Franco.

DC Thomson debuts on comiXology

ComiXology and international media company DC Thomson have announced the launch of iconic comic strips from The Beano and also the compact graphic novels from action/adventure series Commando among others across comiXology’s entire platform.

The range of DC Thomson titles available include: The Beano presents Dennis the Menace and Gnasher, archive and current Commando compact graphic novels and retro classics including The Best of Beezer and The Best of Bunty.

Only comiXology gives comics fans a truly unique and immersive reading experience with its cinematic panel-to-panel Guided View reading technology and with comiXology’s cloud-based platform, downloading and syncing comics, graphic novels and manga across your favorite digital devices is easier than ever before.

With over 50,000 comics, graphic novels and manga 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. Find your favorite comics and graphic novels at comixology.com and try the comiXology app available on all major mobile platforms.

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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.

comiXology Sponsors C2E2 Artist Alley

comixology tshirt c2e2ComiXology Submit is sponsoring Artist Alley at this weekend’s C2E2 convention, and to celebrate, comiXology is giving away special limited edition posters each day of the show from April 24th through April 26th at the McCormick Center in Chicago, IL. These posters feature Fabian Rangel Jr.’s comiXology Submit smash hit Doc Unknown as rendered by superstar creator Ted Naifeh and are limited to 500 copies daily, with a new pulp color theme offered each day. Posters will be available first come, first served to those that stop by the comiXology Submit tables in Artist Alley where Rangel Jr. and Naifeh will be signing.

In addition to the poster giveaway, comiXology will also be giving away t-shirts and Kindle Fire tablets at their panels and John D. Roberts will be doing portfolio reviews in Artist Alley.

ComiXology Submit, comiXology’s digital self-publishing portal, enables comic creators and cartoonists the ability to easily reach comiXology’s global audience of comic, graphic novel, and manga fans.

See below for all the details of comiXology’s location and events at this weekend’s C2E2:

comiXology Artist Alley Tables:  Table # T2 – T6

Portfolio Reviews with John D. Roberts:  2-3 PM CST on Friday April 24th & Saturday, April 26th

Panels:

ComiXology Submit: The Future of Self-Publishing
Room S405a
Date: Fri. April 24
Time: 7:45 PM – 8:45 PM

Join John D. Roberts (Director of comiXology Submit) along with breakout Submit creators Art Baltazar (Aw Yeah Comics), Enrica Jang (Red Stylo Media) and Fabian Rangel, Jr. (Doc Unknown) for a tell-all discussion on how you too can create, submit and reach the ranks of comiXology Submit stardom!

Comics: Where to Begin?
Room S405a
Date: Sun. April 26
Time: 3:45 PM – 4:45 PM

Join comiXology’s marketing maven Chip Mosher, with The comiXologist Podcast hosts Matt Kolowski and Kara Szamborski, along with our comics industry special guests Nick Barrucci (Publisher of Dynamite Comics) and Stephanie Cooke (Talking Comics podcast) as they become your guides through the awesome world of comics!

This week comiXology also made it easier to find Submit titles by adding a new navigation tab on the front of their website that leads to a dedicated landing page spotlighting titles in brand new ways. Explore Submit titles that are categorized by this week’s releases, by country, by genre and even staff favorites. There will also be a spotlight each week to highlight stand out titles.

Check out the posters for C2E2 below!

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The Walking Dead is on Sale at ComiXology

The Walking Dead series and trades are on sale today, go here to see the offerings.

Issues 1-132 and volume 1 through 22 of the trade paperbacks are on sale, including two compendium bundles for the series with each bundle will have 48 issues priced at $39.99.

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comiXology says “We’re Hiring” at Emerald City Comicon

comixology tshirtComiXology is heading to Emerald City Comicon with panels giveaways and a party where they’ll mix and mingle with motivated comics fans eager to learn about how to join the comiXology team! The Seattle based show runs from Friday, March 27th to Sunday, March 29th at the Washington State Convention Center.

With nearly 30 open positions in New York City and Seattle, comiXology is utilizing Emerald City Comicon as an opportunity to get the word out on their expansion. On Saturday night, comiXology will be hosting a party, open to the public with free drinks while supplies last and limited edition t-shirts available first come first serve. There attendees will be able to talk directly to comiXology’s CEO and co-founder David Steinberger, CTO Jeff DiBartolomeo, and other comiXologists who will be available to discuss positions at comiXology.

During ECCC, comiXology will be hosting a number of panels for comic fans and job seekers alike. On Friday, join comiXology and other great panelists at the Comics: Where to Begin? panel for personal recommendations to help you find comics you’ll love. For creators and cartoonists interested in digital self-publishing, the ComiXology Submit: The Future of Self-Publishing is a don’t-miss panel. Capping off the weekend on Sunday is the Hire Me! Panel, focused on pursuing jobs in the comics industry as a whole – not just comiXology.

At each panel, comiXology will be passing out limited edition t-shirts, free comics, and Kindle Fire tablets to lucky attendees of the panels.

Here’s a list of all the comiXology events at Emerald City Comicon this weekend:

Party:

ComiXology Hire Me Party
Ninkasi Beer Garden
Washington State Convention Center 1st Floor
(Under the Escalators)
Date: Saturday, March 28th
Time: 8:00PM – 11:30PM

Panels:

Comics: Where to Begin?
Room: Hall G (TCC 305)
Date: Friday, March 27th
Time: 2:10PM – 3:00PM

Join comiXology‘s co-founder and CEO David Steinberger and Hank Kanalz (SVP Editorial Strategy & Administration at DC Entertainment), Allison Baker (IDW, Monkeybrain Comics), Chris Roberson (Monkeybrain Comics) and Shannon Watters (Lumberjanes co-creator, BOOM! Box Editor) as they personally recommend comics, graphic novels and manga that are just right for you! Moderated by comiXology‘s marketing maven Chip Mosher.

ComiXology Submit: The Future of Self-Publishing
Room: Hall E (TCC 303)
Date: Saturday, March 28th
Time: 2:50PM – 3:40PM

Join John D. Roberts (Director of comiXology Submit) along with breakout Submit creators Erika Moen (Oh Joy, Sex Toy), Janelle Asselin (Publisher, Rosy Press), Jody Houser (Cupcake POW!), Fabian Rangel Jr. (Doc Unknown), and Hope Nicholson (Publisher of Nelvana of the Northern Lights), for a tell-all discussion and how you too can publish through comiXology Submit, comiXology’s digital self-publishing platform.

Hire Me! From Comics Fan to Comics Professional
Room: Hall D (TCC 302)
Date: Sunday, March, 29th
Time: 12:30PM – 1:20PM

Join David Steinberger (comiXology co-founder and CEO) and Hank Kanalz (SVP Editorial Strategy & Administration at DC Entertainment), Michael Marts (Executive Editor at Marvel Comics), Jacq Cohen (Fantagraphics Books, Inc. Director of Publicity & Promotions), Jen Vaughn (Fantagraphics Books Marketing and Outreach Manager), and Christine Dinh (BOOM! Studios Brand Communications Manager) as they impart the knowledge you need to get your foot in the door in the comic book industry.

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