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Preview: B&V Friends: Adventures in Babysitting

B&V FRIENDS: ADVENTURES IN BABYSITTING

When Mom and Dad are out and away, Betty and Veronica come to play! The girls are coming over to babysit in this new 100-page digital exclusive. Taking care of kids isn’t so easy, though—can Betty and Veronica handle some of Riverdale’s unruliest kids? You’ll have so much fun reading this book, you won’t even notice your parents have left!

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Preview: Street Angel #4

Street Angel #4

Writers: Jim Rugg and Brian Maruca
Artist: Jim Rugg
Price: $1.99
Pages: 28
Rating: 12+

Jesse “Street Angel” Sanchez teams up with an old, homeless guy and hits some dumpsters looking for food.

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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.

Valiant Comes to Humble Bundle

VALIANT_HUMBLE BUNDLE_front pageHumble Bundle and Valiant Entertainment are proud to present the Humble Valiant Bundle – the ultimate digital comics collection featuring more than 120 issues of some of the most critically acclaimed titles anywhere in comics today!

A special one-time offering loaded with collections of Valiant’s best-selling series and online debuts, customers purchasing the Humble Valiant Bundle can choose to benefit three vitally important charities – Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), the Hero Initiative, and the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund (CBLDF).

The Humble Valiant Bundle features a longbox-busting digital library of 24 graphic novels and collections, and spans all of Valiant’s most popular superhero titles – including X-O Manowar, Archer & Armstrong, Harbinger, Bloodshot, Quantum and Woody, and more! With a total retail value of more than $420, the Humble Valiant Bundle is the single biggest comics offering ever presented by Humble Bundle.

Featuring work by an all-star cast of top talents – including writers Joshua Dysart, Matt Kindt, Bob Layton, Jim Shooter, Fred Van Lente, and Robert Venditti, alongside artists Doug Braithwaite, Clayton Crain, Cary Nord and more – the Valiant Humble Bundle is the perfect place to discover why Valiant continues to win over fans and critics around the world with high quality storytelling and outstanding artwork.

Fans can name their price to receive the first TWO volumes of X-O Manowar, Archer & Armstrong, Quantum and Woody, Harbinger and Unity. Plus: get the classic Shadowman video game as an extra-added bonus!

Contribute more than the average price to get even more of Valiant’s blockbuster publishing line with the first two volumes of Bloodshot, Shadowman and Eternal Warrior – plus the first volume of Rai and Harbinger Wars!

For $15 or more, Valiant will open the vaults and unleash the entire Valiant Masters digital series, showcasing the legendary origins of one of the greatest universes in comics. Re-presenting the original adventures of Ninjak, Rai, Bloodshot, Shadowman, and H.A.R.D. Corps – plus a Humble Bundle-exclusive Valiant Masters volume of classic X-O Manowar not available in print – the Valiant Masters series celebrates Valiant’s historic legacy, and include dozens of pages of rarely seen bonus materials and special features.

The Humble Valiant Bundle runs for two weeks beginning Wednesday, September 17, 2014 and ends Wednesday, October 1, 2014 at 11 a.m. PDT.

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Preview: Strange Nation #7

Strange Nation #7

Writer/Letterer: Paul Allor
Artist: Juan Romera
Price: $0.99
Pages: 18
Rating: 15+

Norma and Jesse go deep into the belly of the beast, where they encounter unexpected allies. Meanwhile, Dr. Harris continues his plans to destroy the planet.

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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.

Dynamite Offers DRM Free Bundles

Dynamite-logoDynamite Entertainment has announced the next phase of its DRM-Free digital comic shop: discount bundles. Now, Dynamite Comics fans will have the chance to save big on their DRM-Free purchases with discounted offerings from Dynamite Digital starting with the Five-Book Five-Star Starter Set, featuring the first issues of the publisher’s bestselling series including: Vampirella, The Shadow by Garth Ennis, Mark Waid’s Green Hornet, Red Sonja, and Kirby: Genesis all for an introductory bundle price of $5.00.

The bundles offer fans a new way to support their favorite creators, own the files of their purchase, and help Dynamite keep its ten year anniversary celebration going strong. With more bundles planned for later this month, Dynamite is primed to continue the growth of its digital offerings.

This first bundle follows the launch of Dynamite’s own digital storefront last month, a move that coincided with the company donating a portion of the proceeds during the first month of operation to the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, a non-profit organization dedicated to the protection of the First Amendment rights of the comics art form and its community of retailers, creators, publishers, librarians, and readers. To date, Dynamite’s top titles, including Bob’s Burgers, Alice Cooper, Vampirella, Red Sonja, and The Boys, have all been made available and DRM-Free for as little as ten cents to full cover price.

Preview: Sabrina’s Magic School

SABRINA’S MAGIC SCHOOL

School is in session—but your school was never like this! Join Sabrina the Teenage Witch on a magical journey to witch school, where all magical secrets are kept. Brush up on your potions, get a taste of transmutations, and learn how to fly on your magic broom! This textbook-sized digital exclusive has over 150 pages of spells and stories for you to enjoy.

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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.

Preview: Artful Daggers #14

Artful Daggers #14

Writers: Adam P. Knave, Sean E. Williams
Artist: Andrew Losq
Letterer: Frank Cvetkovic
Price: $0.99
Pages: 20
Rating: 15+

While the Bishop moves forward with his mysterious agenda, the realities of Arden and Piper’s relationship come to a head.

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