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SDCC 2014: ComiXology’s Signings, Giveaways and More

Join comiXology at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con (Booth #2547) for giveaways, sales, signings and more at their booth, panels and at comiXology.com from July 23rd to July 27th at the San Diego Convention Center.

At their booth during Comic-Con International, comiXology will be handing out $10,000 worth of $5 Amazon Appstore credits that can be used toward comiXology content, while supplies last.

Once you’ve come by and picked up your credits, fans will be able to go to the side of the comiXology booth and take a picture of themselves in a comic book panel! A selection of word balloons will be available to choose from so all attendees can #comicbookurself and share the moment on their favorite social media channels.

During every one of the eight panels that comiXology is hosting at Comic-Con International this year, Kindle Fire HD and HDX devices will be given out to lucky attendees.

Fans attending the 45th year of Comic-Con International, and even all those that are not able to attend, can all celebrate together as comiXology will be offering a different graphic novel for sale each day of the show for 45 cents for that day only, here at http://comixology.tumblr.com/cci45.

ComiXology has also produced in conjunction with IDW Publishing, Fantagraphics Books, BOOM! Studios, Oni Press, MonkeyBrain Comics and Scholastic a series of exclusive art cards limited to only 100 to be given out at signings throughout the show. These super rare giveaways will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis during each signing.

These limited edition art cards will be signed and handed out free during appearances at the comiXology booth by Jaime and Gilbert Hernandez (Love and Rockets), Christopher Sebela and Ibrahim Moustafa (High Crimes), Ted Naifeh and Joëlle Jones (Princess Ugg), Coleman Engle and Jeremy Sorese (Steven Universe), John Barber and Tom Scioli (Transformers vs G.I. Joe), Ray Fawkes (The People Inside), Royden Lepp (Rust) and Kazu Kibuishi (Amulet).

On Sunday at 12:30pm, author George R.R. Martin and artist Mike S. Miller will be making a special appearance at the comiXology booth to promote and sign copies of The Hedge Knight: The Graphic Novel and The Sworn Sword: The Graphic Novel published by Jet City Comics. There will be 200 copies of The Hedge Knight: The Graphic Novel available for free, first-come, first-serve. Signing will be limited to these two titles.

And if that wasn’t enough, check out comiXology as they represent as part of the Amazon Geek Boutique at the Petco Park Interactive Zone. Open to the general public, the Amazon Geek Boutique will feature a 9 foot tall Transformer and giveaways hosted by Amazon Locker.

Here’s a list of all the panels, signings, events and happenings comiXology is participating in this year at Comic-Con International ’14.

Wednesday, July 23 – Sunday July 27

Check http://comixology.tumblr.com/cci45 each day for a different graphic novel on sale at 45 cents for that day only.
 

Thursday, July 24

1:00pm – 2:00pm  — Steven Universe’s Coleman Engle and Jeremy Sorese Signing Limited Edition Steven Universe Art Card: Art Card limited to 100 copies, first-come, first-serve. ComiXology booth #2547.

2:30pm – 3:30pm — ComiXology: Ask Me Anything, Room: 8

Speakers: David Steinberger (comiXology co-founder & CEO), John D. Roberts (comiXology co-founder & Director of ComiXology Submit).

Moderator: Chip Mosher (comiXology).

4:00pm – 5:00pm  — Princess Ugg’s Ted Naifeh and Joëlle Jones Signing Limited Edition Princess Ugg Art Card: Art Card limited to 100 copies, first-come, first-serve. ComiXology booth #2547.

6:30pm – 7:30pm  — Indie Comics Marketing & PR 101, Room: 8

Speakers: Jacq Cohen (Fantagraphics Books Director of Publicity & Promotions), Jen Vaughn (Fantagraphics Books Marketing and Outreach Manager), Mel Caylo (BOOM! Studios Marketing Manager), Christine Dinh(BOOM! Studios Brand Communications Manager).

Moderator: Chip Mosher (comiXology).

7:00pm – 9:00pm — ComiXology Sponsors Comics Creator Connection, Room: 29B. Please note that space is limited and if you do not pre-register a seat may not be available. See more at: http://www.comic-con.org/cci/creator-connection

8:00pm – 11:00pm — ComiXology Co-Sponsors the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund’s Comic-Con Welcome Party, The WestGate Hotel 1055, Second Avenue San Diego, CA 92101

 

Friday, July 25

9:30am – 10:30am  — Rust’s Royden Lepp Signing Limited Edition Rust Art Card: Art Card limited to 100 copies, first-come, first-serve. ComiXology booth #2547.

11:00am – 12:00noon  — Love and Rockets’ Jaime and Gilbert Hernandez Signing Limited Edition Love and Rockets Art Card: Art Card limited to 100 copies, first-come, first-serve. ComiXology booth #2547.

2:30pm – 3:30pm — Secret Origins: How the Industry’s Best and Brightest Began, Room: 8

Speakers: David Steinberger (comiXology co-founder & CEO), Mike Marts (Marvel Comics X-Men and Guardians of the Galaxy franchise Exec. Editor), Shannon Watters (Lumberjanes co-creator & BOOM! Studios/Boom! Box editor), Marc Bernardin (writer of Genius from Top Cow/Alphas on SyFy/Hollywood Reporter), Frank J. Barbiere (Co-creator of Five Ghosts from Image, writer on Solar: Man of the Atom from Dynamite Entertainment).

Moderator: Chip Mosher (comiXology)

4:00pm – 5:00pm  — High Crimes Christopher Sebela and Ibrahim Moustafa Signing Limited Edition High Crimes Art Card: Art Card limited to 100 copies, first-come, first-serve. ComiXology booth #2547.

6:00pm – 7:00pm — Comic Book Entrepreneurs: The Business of Comics, Room: 9

Speakers: David Steinberger (comiXology co-founder & CEO), Noelle Stevenson (Nimona & writer on Lumberjanes), Mike Richardson (Dark Horse Comics President and founder), Dinesh Shamdasani (Valiant Entertainment CEO & Chief Creative Officer).

Moderator: JK Parkin (Comic Book Resources & Robot 6).

8:00pm – 10:30pm — ComiXology co-sponsors the Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards, Indigo Ballroom at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront.

 

Saturday, July 26

11:00am – 12:00 noon  —Amulet’s Kazu KibuishiSigning Limited Edition Amulet Art Card: Art Card limited to 100 copies, first-come, first-serve. ComiXology booth #2547.

1:00pm – 2:00pm  — Transformers vs. G.I. Joe’s John Barber and Tom Scioli Signing Limited Edition Transformers vs. G.I. Joe Art Card: Art Card limited to 100 copies, first-come, first-served. ComiXology booth #2547.

3:00pm – 4:00pm — ComiXology Submit: The Future of Self-Publishing, Room: 23ABC

Speakers: John D. Roberts (comiXology co-founder & Director of ComiXology Submit), Becky Cloonan (creator Demeter), Joshua Fialkov (co-creator The Bunker), Brandon M. Easton and N. Steven Harris (artist and writer on Watson & Holmes).

Moderator: Chip Mosher (comiXology).

5:00pm – 6:00pm — Comics 101: Making Sense of the World of Comics, Room: 28DE

Speakers: David Steinberger (comiXology co-founder & CEO), Hank Kanalz (DC Entertainment SVP Vertigo & Integrated Publishing), Dafna Pleban (BOOM! Studios editor on Lumberjanes), Jen Vaughn (Fantagraphics Books Marketing and Outreach Manager), Frank J. Barbiere (Co-creator of Five Ghosts from Image, writer of Solar: Man of the Atom from Dynamite Entertainment).

Moderator: Chip Mosher (comiXology).

 

Sunday, July 27

11:00am – 12:00 noon — Creating Comics The ComiXology Way, Room: 24ABC

Speakers: John D. Roberts (comiXology co-founder & Director of ComiXology Submit), Reilly Brown (artist on Deadpool: The Gauntlet Infinite Comics), Jamal Igle (creator of Molly Danger).

12:30pm – 1:30pm — George R.R. Martin and Mike S Miller signing The Hedge Knight: The Graphic Novel & The Sworn Sword: The Graphic Novel published by Jet City Comics. There will be 200 copies of The Hedge Knight: The Graphic Novel available for free, first-come, first-serve. Signing will be limited to these two titles. ComiXology booth #2547.

2:00pm – 3:00pm — Creating Comics The ComiXology Way, Room: 29A

Speakers: John D. Roberts (comiXology co-founder & Director of ComiXology Submit), Jimmy Palmiotti(superstar creator and multiple-Kickstarter success story), Jamal Igle (creator of the Kickstarted Molly Danger), Kel McDonald (creator of the successfully Kickstarted Cautionary Fables and Fairytales).

Moderator: JK Parkin (Comic Book Resources and Robot 6).

3:00pm – 4:00pm  — The People Inside’s Ray Fawkes Signing Limited Edition The People Inside Art Card: Art Card limited to 100 copies, first-come, first-served. ComiXology booth #2547.

1:00pm-3:00pm — ComiXology Sponsors Comics Creator Connection, Room: 29B. Please note that space is limited and if you do not pre-register a seat may not be available. See more at: http://www.comic-con.org/cci/creator-connection

 

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Kindle Unlimited includes Comics and Graphic Novels. Can comiXology Unlimited be far behind?

2014-07-18_0941It’s been rumored for a few days now, but Amazon today introduced Kindle Unlimited, a new subscription service that gives customers access to over 600,000 Kindle Books, and and some of Amazon’s thousands of Audible audiobooks for $9.99 a month.

But, buried in the massive offering from Amazon are is a section dubbed “Comics & Graphic Novels” featuring currently 3,690 books.

When you dig deeper into the offering, things get a bit stranger. The biggest publisher I’ve found so far is IDW Publishing, but their offerings are limited. There’s also a lot of manga, but within that count too is a lot of “how too” books as well as books on the industry, so it’s not all comics and graphic novels in the traditional sense. What does seem present is a lot of independent books, some I recognize as having been sent to our site to review, or from Kickstarter.

The big question though, is how comiXology fits into the bigger plans. Earlier this year Amazon purchased the digital comics distributor, and other than how you can purchase your books (in the app vs through the web), the changes have been minimal. Rumors of comiXology providing an all you can read service have persisted, and it’s a question that’s come up at every panel I’ve ever attended of theirs. With this move by Amazon, maybe we’re seeing the first steps towards that.

Get Trees #1 for FREE!

In anticipation of the frenzied mob of fans likely to storm comic book stores everywhere for issue #2 of the hit new series, Image Comics has announced that the digital edition of Warren Ellis and Jason Howard’s TREES #1 will be available for free, across all platforms, starting Friday, June 20 through Tuesday, June 24.

Readers who haven’t yet had a chance to jump on with the new science fiction suspense series everyone has been raving about, this is your chance to get the comic for free that everyone else paid for about a month ago.

You can get your copy on the Image website or through comiXology.

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Amazon Fire with comiXology

After months of rumors, the Amazon phone is here. The Amazon Fire was announced today will go on sale July 25 for $199 with a 2-year service agreement exclusively on AT&T, or $649 full retail, and comes with one year of Amazon Prime.

But, this isn’t really a site about technology, so why do we care about this announcement? Amazon is in the process of purchasing comiXology (it’s a bit unclear when it’s officially taking place, or if it has), and comiXology is the leading digital comic book service.

In the announcement for the phone, as we predicted some time ago, comiXology will come pre-loaded on the phone along with Amazon’s other digital services.

There’s two major impacts from this announcement. First, and most obvious, the prospect of digital comics just got a much larger audience, and you better believe Amazon and comiXology will take advantage of this pairing. The second, the phone has a new way for the phone to react to how people hold, view, and moves the phone. Expect this function to be better integrated with the comiXology software down the road.

Check out the full video below to find out more about the announcement. We’ve reached out the comiXology for an official comment.

Amazon’s Jet City Comics Comes to comiXology

WOOL_Issue_1Amazon Publishing’s graphic novel and comics imprint Jet City Comics and comiXology have announced that the first digital issue of Wool: The Graphic Novel, an adaptation of Hugh Howey’s #1 Kindle best-selling science fiction novel, will go on sale today on comiXology and Amazon.com. Single issues in the six-issue run will release every two weeks and sell for $2.99 on comiXology. The entire comics run will also sell for $4.99 as a Kindle Serial on Amazon.com, with new issues delivering automatically to customers on the same release dates, and as a $4.99 bundle on comiXology once all six issues are released. The print edition of the collected graphic novel will be available on Amazon.com and at other retailers in late August.

This is the first joint release since Amazon acquired comiXology, and I expect to see more of this in the future.

Howey’s dark, dystopian novel Wool (the first novel in the Silo Saga trilogy) was a New York Times, USA Today, and #1 Kindle best seller and is one of the most-reviewed science fiction novels ever on Amazon, with over 8,000 customer reviews. With an all-star team including comics writers Jimmy Palmiotti and Justin Gray, Hugo-nominated illustrator Jimmy Broxton, and acclaimed cover artist Darwyn Cooke, Wool: The Graphic Novel brings Howey’s dark, dystopian vision to life like never before.

Marketing Monday: Top Comic Apps

It’s Marketing Monday here at Graphic Policy and we’re still tracking various comic apps, how they rank up against each other, and the general app population.

For this report, I felt it best to focus on Wednesday of the previous week, since that should be the busiest day of the week for apps since its new comic day. This report also focuses on the ranks in the United States. I’ll eventually look at the entire week down the road and expand the location. I also wanted to look at the gross income for the apps, so apps included are those where you’d purchase books. So apps like comiXology’s offerings would be included, but Marvel’s AR app isn’t.

This is the fourth week since comiXology removed the ability to make purchases directly through the iOS device as well as use Google’s function.

While comiXology has dropped in in its downloads, and Marvel and DC increased in their rankings in the iOS book category, their overall rank in applications haven’t increased to anywhere near where comiXology was. ComiXology’s possible loss hasn’t translated to massive gains by others.

Over time, it’ll be interesting to see if comiXology moves up in rank for Amazon as the company comes in more under their fold.

iOS

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Google

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Amazon

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For these next two stats, I looked at their download ranks for the iPhone and iPad based on their book rank.

iOS iPhone

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iOS iPad

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And that wraps up this week’s breakdown. I’m still thinking through a good name for this feature, so if you have suggestions, let me know!

Marketing Monday: Top Comic Apps

It’s Marketing Monday here at Graphic Policy and we’re still tracking various comic apps, how they rank up against each other, and the general app population.

For this report, I felt it best to focus on Wednesday of the previous week, since that should be the busiest day of the week for apps since its new comic day. This report also focuses on the ranks in the United States. I’ll eventually look at the entire week down the road and expand the location. I also wanted to look at the gross income for the apps, so apps included are those where you’d purchase books. So apps like comiXology’s offerings would be included, but Marvel’s AR app isn’t.

This is the third week since comiXology removed the ability to make purchases directly through the iOS device as well as use Google’s function. We see the app slipping in the iPhone “books category,” but still remains the top app in comics for Google, though Marvel moves up to first as well in gross.

While comiXology has dropped in in its downloads, and Marvel and DC increased in their rankings in the iOS book category, their overall rank in applications haven’t increased to anywhere near where comiXology was. ComiXology’s possible loss hasn’t translated to massive gains by others.

Also of note, DC Comics moved past Marvel to first place in iPad gross for the week. This is the second time this has happened, and both have coincided with big releases for DC. This past week, it was Forever Evil #7.

Over time, it’ll be interesting to see if comiXology moves up in rank for Amazon as the company comes in more under their fold.

iOS

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Google

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Amazon

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For these next two stats, I looked at their download ranks for the iPhone and iPad based on their book rank.

iOS iPhone

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iOS iPad

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And that wraps up this week’s breakdown. I’m still thinking through a good name for this feature, so if you have suggestions, let me know!

20 Days 20 Free Comics During The ComiXology Summer Reading List Event

comixology summer reading 2014Summer is getting more fun as comiXology gives away one new free comic every day for the next twenty days starting Memorial Day, Monday, May 26th! Dubbed “The ComiXology Summer Reading List” event, comic fans around the globe visiting comixology.com each day will find a new surprise free comic!

Not only will there be a great new comic from a surprise publisher every day, but customers can also gift these awesome comics to friends, family, co-workers or whoever they want to share the gift of comics with – absolutely free!

The ComiXology Summer Reading List event begins Monday, May 26th and will run until Saturday, June 14th with one new free comic released every day for download or to gift to anyone you choose. Check back each day starting Monday on comixology.com to find the new free ComiXology Summer Reading List comic!

Marketing Monday: Top Comic Apps

It’s Marketing Monday here at Graphic Policy and we’re still tracking various comic apps, how they rank up against each other, and the general app population.

For this report, I felt it best to focus on Wednesday of the previous week, since that should be the busiest day of the week for apps since its new comic day. This report also focuses on the ranks in the United States. I’ll eventually look at the entire week down the road and expand the location. I also wanted to look at the gross income for the apps, so apps included are those where you’d purchase books. So apps like comiXology’s offerings would be included, but Marvel’s AR app isn’t.

This is the second week since comiXology removed the ability to make purchases directly through the iOS device as well as use Google’s function. We see the app slipping in the iPhone “books category,” but still remains the top app in comics for Google, though Marvel moves up to first as well in gross.

Since last week, comiXology has slipped a bit in its books ranking, but has generally leveled off, same with Marvel and their ranking as well.

Over time, it’ll be interesting to see if comiXology moves up in rank for Amazon as the company comes in more under their fold.

iOS

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Google

google 5.14.14

Amazon

amazon 5.14.14

For these next two stats, I looked at their download ranks for the iPhone and iPad based on their book rank.

iOS iPhone

iphone 5.14.14

iOS iPad

ipad 5.14.14

And that wraps up this week’s breakdown. I’m still thinking through a good name for this feature, so if you have suggestions, let me know!

Marketing Monday: Top Comic Apps

It’s Marketing Monday here at Graphic Policy and we’re still tracking various comic apps, how they rank up against each other, and the general app population.

For this report, I felt it best to focus on Wednesday of the previous week, since that should be the busiest day of the week for apps since its new comic day. This report also focuses on the ranks in the United States. I’ll eventually look at the entire week down the road and expand the location. I also wanted to look at the gross income for the apps, so apps included are those where you’d purchase books. So apps like comiXology’s offerings would be included, but Marvel’s AR app isn’t.

This is the second week since comiXology removed the ability to make purchases directly through the iOS device as well as use Google’s function. We see the app slipping in the iPhone “books category,” but still remains the top app in comics for Google, though Marvel moves up to first as well in gross.

This is also the second week we look at the app’s activity and comiXology has slipped a little since the previous week, now ranking between 10th and 20th for that ranking. Marvel has moved up in the same rank, moving in the opposite direction from 20th to the lower teens.

Over time, it’ll be interesting to see if comiXology moves up in rank for Amazon as the company comes in more under their fold.

iOS

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Google

google 5.11.14

Amazon

amazon 5.11.14

For these next two stats, I looked at their download ranks for the iPhone and iPad based on their book rank.

iOS iPhone

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iOS iPad

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And that wraps up this week’s breakdown. I’m still thinking through a good name for this feature, so if you have suggestions, let me know!

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