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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

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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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Vamplets are free on Comixology!

Action Lab Entertainment is now offering the first volume of Vamplets: The Nightmare Nursery for free on Comixology.com! Available until September 5th, 2014, you have the opportunity to pick up the first issue of Vamplets: The Nightmare Nursery for free! Recently featured on The ViewVamplets is a modern fairy tale filled with monsters, mayhem, and magic!

Created by Gayle Middleton, the talented artist responsible for the redesigns of My little Pony and Littlest Pet Shop for Hasbro, Vamplets is the story of teenager Destiny Harper. With graduation coming and zero prospects for the future, Destiny is at a crossroads in her life. Answering an ad for “The Night Care Nursery” seems like a great idea, until she is magically transported to Gloomvania, where dark creatures lurk the streets, and the world is being mysteriously overrun by baby vampyres called Vamplets! Can Destiny serve her term as Governess of “The Nightmare Nursery” and return home? Fairy tales get a modern update in this coming of age tale of monsters, mayhem, and magic!

Vamplets: The Nightmare Nursery is in stores now,  Diamond Item Code: AUG130915, Volume Two is scheduled for a August 2014 release and is available for order, Diamond Item Code: AUG130915.

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Action Lab Goes DRM Free and $0.99 on All Digital Titles

It looks like the hot thing to do in comics is go DRM free! Action Lab Entertainment has announced that beginning with the Action Lab hit, F1rst Hero and the Action Lab Danger Zone sexy mega hit, Zombie Tramp, all of their titles will now be released as full issue, digital first offerings through comiXology.

The entire catalog from both Action Lab and their mature readers imprint, Action Lab: Danger Zone will be available DRM Free as part of Comixology’s Digital Ownership Initiative. That initiative was announced by comiXology at this  year’s San Diego Comic-Con. This is the seventh comic publisher to announce going DRM free this year.

Single issues will be $0.99 during the first two weeks of release, before returning to their regular price of $1.99.. In addition, books will be timed to release digitally the same month they are offered in Diamond Distribution’s retailer catalog, Previews, giving comics fans a taste of what we do and driving them to comic shops nationwide.

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SDCC 2014: DRM-Free at ComiXology

comixology small imageToday during their panel at San Diego Comic-Con, comiXology unveiled a new DRM-free backup feature that allows customers to download and store copies of their books.

The first wave of participating publishers making their books available as DRM-free backups include Image Comics, Dynamite Entertainment, Zenescope Entertainment, MonkeyBrain Comics, Thrillbent, and Top Shelf Productions. In addition, creators and publishers that are self-publishing through comiXology Submit are now able to choose to make their books available with a DRM-free backup.

To obtain the DRM-free backups of their books, 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 participating publishers will be available for backup starting today. Backups are available in high definition PDF and CBZ.

Customers will continue to enjoy all of 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.

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100 books for 10 Bucks from comiXology Submit

comixology small imageComiXology is celebrating their 5-year anniversary of delivering digital comics to fans across the globe by offering 100 books from their comiXology Submit self-publishing program for just 10 bucks U.S. — a savings of 94% off the cover price.

Debuting at San Diego Comic-Con in 2009, comiXology’s digital comics platform offers over 50,000 books from more than 75 publishers, providing the widest selection of digital comics in the world.

The comiXology Submit self-publishing platform allows independent creators and cartoonists to upload at no cost their comic books and graphic novels for sale on comiXology.

Creators and cartoonists interested in submitting works can visit http://submit.comixology.com.

Comic book and graphic novel fans interested in discovering works by independent creators and cartoonists on comiXology are invited to visit http://www.comixology.com/submit.

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

 

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.

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