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ComiXology Black Friday Deals

comixology small imageComiXology has been running deals for a bit and you can get quite a few deals on digital comics. You can get 50% off Image Comics through December 2. You can get 60% off Marvel collections through December 1. You can get 80% off varied Spider-Man comics through December 1. You can also get some Kodansha first volumes for just 99 cents!

Check the links below for the deals.

Image Comics 50% off Sale – Use promo code IMAGE at checkout

Marvel Black Friday

  • Avengers/X-Men: Utopia
  • Avengers Vs. X-Men
  • Death of Wolverine
  • Fear Itself
  • House of M
  • Marvel 1602
  • Original Sin
  • Secret Invasion
  • Secret Wars
  • X-Men: Battle of the Atom

Marvel Spider-Verse Sale

  • Superior Spider-Man #32-33
  • Spider-Man 2099 #5
  • Amazing Spider-Man #1-18
  • Spider-Verse #1-2
  • Spider-Verse Team-Up #1-3
  • Spider-Woman #1-4
  • Scarlet Spiders #1-3
  • Spider-Man 2099 #6-8
  • Amazing Spider-Man #1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4, 1.5, 16.1, 17.1, 18.1, 19.1, 20.1

Kodansha 99¢ Black Friday Sale

  • Attack On Titan Vol 1
  • Say I love You Vol 1
  • Seven Deadly Sins Vol 11

Stela: Comics for your Phone

There’s been a lot of recent news about digital comics, and one of the more interesting (and unexpected) is the announcement of the launch of a new mobile comics platform in 2016.

Stela is the “premiere mobile comics platform” designed from the ground up with original content by award-winning writers and illustrators. Whether at home or on the go, Stela is the only app that delivers comics designed and optimized for your smartphone, all in the palm of your hand with new content every weekday.

The Stela library includes work from acclaimed creators including Evan Dorkin, Sarah Dyer, Joe Casey, Irene Koh, Brian Wood, Ron Wimberly, Stuart Moore, and many more.

The app promises new content every day optimized for the mobile platform. More interesting, the app also mentions the focus on community whether it’s interacting with authors, illustrators, or fellow readers. You’ll be able to post your reactions and comments in real-time, and discuss the latest chapters in the Stela library.

This is one to watch for in 2016.


Preview: Archie 75 Series: Kevin Keller


Script: Dan Parent, Paul Kupperberg
Art: Dan Parent, Rich Koslowski, Jack Morelli, Digikore Studios
Cover: Dan Parent
On Sale Date: 11/27
75-page, digital exclusive
$2.99 U.S.

Celebrate the 75th anniversary of Archie Comics with this special retrospective presentation! Kevin Keller, introduced in 2010, made a huge splash as he became Riverdale’s first openly gay resident. In this installment, we share some of the best and most pivotal stories from his series, from his first issue to his first kiss!



Preview: Pep Digital Vol. 173: Archie & Friends: Blast to the Past


Script: Nelson Ribeiro, Fernando Ruiz
Art: Rex Lindsey, Jeff Shultz, Jon D’Agostino, Rich Koslowski, Jack Morelli, Barry Grossman
Cover: Rex Lindsey
On Sale Date: 11/27
70-page, digital exclusive
$4.99 U.S.

Archie Meets Archie?! What’s going on here?! Seems like something strange is happening in Riverdale, and the gang is meeting up with past versions of themselves! It’s causing some trouble, too—can Jughead out-eat himself? Which Reggie plays the best pranks? And with two Bettys and two Veronicas wandering around, Archie has TWICE the girl trouble!



Marvel Unlimited for Less than $5 a Month with Cyber Week Sale

Marvel Unlimited is celebrating “cyber week” by inviting Marvel fans to experience over 75 years of Marvel Comics through Marvel Unlimited! For less than $5 a month for a Marvel Unlimited yearly subscription, new subscribers will be able to experience the greatest present of all – access to over 17,000 digital Marvel comics!

The deal is for 20% the yearly price of $69 coming out to $55.20.

Unlock the Marvel Universe through Marvel Unlimited by using the Promo Code TREAT at Marvel Unlimited checkout!  This amazing gift is accessible through Marvel Unlimited on the web and through the Marvel Unlimited app on iPhone, iPad and Android devices.

New to the Marvel Universe and don’t know where to start? Don’t worry! Marvel Unlimited subscribers have access to the DISCOVER section of Marvel Unlimited. Subscribers are now able to discover new pathways into the Marvel Universe by being able to search by their favorite storylines, characters or creators.

Want to learn about Marvel’s Civil War? Marvel Unlimited will show you the entire series and offer you a step-by-step suggested reading order. Curious about who Jessica Jones is? Marvel Unlimited is here to provide you with her most heroic Marvel moments. Love Sara Pichelli’s artistic style? Marvel Unlimited can now show you some of her most acclaimed work all in one place.

With classic and newer issues being added to Marvel Unlimited on a weekly basis as early as six months after they’re in stores, you’ll definitely want to join Marvel Unlimited this holiday season and enjoy the gift of the Marvel Universe for the entire year!

The deal runs through November 30, so you have until Monday to take advantage.marvel unlimited cyber week 2015

Around the Tubes

It’s new comic book day! What’s everyone excited for today? While you decide on that, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web.

Around the Tubes

Publishers Weekly – Is Subscription the Future for Digital Comics? – What are your thoughts?

GamePolitics – New Jersey makes swatting a felony – Good.


Around the Tubes Reviews

Comic Vine – Dark Knight III: The Master Race #1

Nothing But Comics – Dragon Age: Magekiller #1

CBR – The Massive: Ninth Wave #1

Talking Comics – Spider-Woman #1

Meniscus Magazine – Velvet Vol. 1 and 2

Appreciating Digital Comics through Emily Carroll

It took me some time to appreciate digital comics. Not the ones drawn with conventional media and then released digitally, but comics created entirely on a computer. For some reason, I had never had the courage to dive into their world of what I saw as insubstantial pages and immaterial panels. Like many other comic book readers, I used to believe that if you can’t touch them, smell them or pile them up on the shelf then what’s the point of reading them, right?

Wrong. Because someone has convinced me otherwise. This person has shown me that a digital comic book is not a transplanted organ, removed from the paper and absorbed into the screen. There’s no point in missing their touch, smell or piling up capabilities because they were never meant to express that in the first place, even less emulating them. The digital world has its own substance and materiality.

And the person who taught me that is Emily Carroll, Canadian comics author of horror and fantasy-themed webcomics.

From Carroll and her beautifully illustrated panels I’ve learned that digital comics have a life of their own and are totally independent from their printed cousins. With a whole new environment to dwell, we the readers can explore afresh. And that’s exactly what I did. I immersed myself into Carroll’s art and read all of her comics. And by doing that I discovered three things, three features that mix up and rearrange the form (the comic book medium) and the content (the images of horror and fantasy) of her digital landscape.

Let’s check the three features one by one:

1st feature – Digital movement

We read a digital comic like we read all other (western) printed comics: from left to right, from top to bottom. But that’s where the similarities end. In addition to the left-right-top-bottom order, a printed page also needs to be turned. A digital page, on the other hand, may be turned (in a virtual way) but doesn’t have to. It can simply go down, on and on, not like a book but like a scroll.

So what does that mean and how does Carroll work with that? She uses it as a part of the content and makes it work for her. If the reading experience can scroll down indefinitely, then the images must express that movement visually. And that’s why her panels are filled with basements, wells, underfloors, pitfalls, caves, tombs and all kinds of holes in the ground. Her drawings live their own format as images moving toward the depths of their own medium.

In His Face All Red, a young man goes down the pit of the beast in search of his brother.

Emily Carroll - His Face All Red

In The Prince and the Sea, a prince is dragged down to the bottom of a pond by his water nymph lover.

Emily Carroll - The Prince and the Sea

In Out the Door, a young boy contemplates the dark depths of his basement.

Emily Carroll - Out the Door

All this movement toward the unknown, all this diving into the buried things of every-day life, carries with it a strong element of horror.

2nd feature – Digital time

Each page of a printed comic has a time imprint. As we read them and turn them over, we turn over time itself. A page can only exist if the previous one has been set aside, which means they can’t be there all together in time. And again, this isn’t necessarily true for a digital comic. In the digital world, pages can all exist simultaneously, distributed along the deep screen.

Carroll once again uses the format to her own advantage and to spice up the flavor of her content. If everything is already there, time tends to go full circle. Her tales come and go around her drawings, repeating themselves time and time again. Her stories are full of departures and returns, repetitions and swings, comings and goings, cycles and loops.

In Anu-Anulan & Yir’s Daughter, a Goddess comes down to Earth three times, and for three times she is offered the silver curls of a maiden.

Emily Carroll - Anu-Anulan & Yir's Daughter

In Out of Skin, murdered corpses come back to memory and continuously surround the cabin of the woman who had ignored them in life.

Emily Carroll - Out of Skin

In The Three Snake Leaves, we move back and forth from tale to tale as a prince and his deceased wife retell the same adventure under different eyes.

Emily Carroll - The Three Snake Leaves (prince)

Emily Carroll - The Three Snake Leaves (princess)

All this time shifting, all this fairy-tale style of revisiting unusual events, brings with it a powerful element of fantasy.

3rd feature – Digital space

A printed comic book consists of one single frame and is its own physical space. There is nothing beyond the limits of its pages. Now think about digital comics. All of them come with an external screen (the device we use to read it) and many layers of internal screens (windows, bars, tabs, menus, boxes, widgets and icons). The story we read is no more than a fragment of that interface. Beyond the limits of its pages there is everything else that particular device allows us to have. A digital comic is never a world in itself, it’s much more than that.

This is also absorbed and expressed by Carroll. If space is shared, then tales should be shared too. And that’s why her stories usually contain in themselves other stories, tales between tales and settings within settings. There are images of dreams and forecasting, mirrors and light reflections, subplots and secondary voices, sketches and canvases.

In The Groom, a toy model serves as background and parallel story to the mystery surrounding its own existence.

Emily Carroll - The Groom

In The Hole the Fox Did Make, a girl who dreams of being a fox illustrates her different and distinct lives.

Emily Carroll - The Hole the Fox Did Make

In When the Darkness Presses, two friends chronicle and expose their freakiest nightmares.

Emily Carroll - When Darkness Presses

And just like it happens to movement, which falls down toward the horror, and to time, which comes back around the fantasy, the feature of space in Carroll’s work opens up new possibilities to play with form and content.

More than adapting ideas from printed comic books, she comes up with something new, fresh and all hers.

Thank you Emily, for helping me uncover that world.

Back in Action – a New Look at Deadpool & Cable: Split Second #1!

They’re back, baby! Reunited and it feels so good! Cable and Deadpool, together again. Shooting and stabbing their way into your hearts and comic shops this December in Deadpool & Cable: Split Second #1 – the print adaptation of the smash hit Marvel Infinite Comic series. Fan-favorite Cable & Deadpool creative team of Fabian Nicieza and Reilly Brown bring you a brand new adventure of the Merc With a Mouth and the Soldier With a Scowl. Cable has received a terrifying vision of the future brought on by the assassination of one man. Now he’ll do anything to prevent that horrible timeline from becoming reality. Too bad Deadpool has been hired to hill that guy. This is going to get messy. And just who is the mysterious Split Second, who’s causing all sorts of trouble for this titanic twosome.

Art & Cover by REILLY BROWN
Variant Covers by KRIS ANKA (OCT150826) and ROB LIEFELD (OCT150827)
FOC – 11/23/15, On-Sale – 12/30/15


Preview: Pep Digital Vol. 172: The Archies – Music Mayhem 2


Script: Various
Art: Various
Cover: Dan Parent, Rosario “Tito” Peña
On Sale Date: 11/20
150-page, full color comic
$4.99 U.S.

Dust off that musical instrument, because you’re invited to join The Archies in the hottest jam session of the year! Archie, Veronica, Jughead and the gang are climbing into their van and playing gigs all over the place—from the biggest venues to the smallest clubs. Rock out with this special digital-only presentation of The Archies doing what they do best!


hoopla digital Adds New Titles from Valiant Entertainment

hoopla valianthoopla digital is the category-creating mobile and online service for public libraries and today they have announced the addition of new titles from Valiant Entertainment. With the agreement, hoopla digital’s app and online service adds popular titles —through Valiant Entertainment’s global digital distribution partner Trajectory, Inc.— including the sci-fi superhero epic, X-O Manowar (Vol. 1-8);  the pulsating action series, Bloodshot Reborn, (Vol. 1); and the globe-trotting adventure, Archer & Armstrong (Vol. 1-6), to name a few.

Valiant Entertainment titles and more are now available for patrons to access instantly on hoopla digital’s app and online service via their smartphones, tablets and computers.

Inclusion of Valiant Entertainment titles broadens hoopla digital’s catalog of more than 400,000 movies, TV shows, music albums, eBooks, audiobooks and comics. hoopla digital partners with public libraries across North America to provide patrons with online and mobile access to dynamic digital content. The service’s catalogue already includes titles from DC Comics, Image Comics, Dark Horse Comics, BOOM! Comics and more.

hoopla digital’s innovative Action View creates one-of-a-kind immersive digital reading by allowing for full page and panel-by-panel views of comics and illustrations.

There is no waiting to borrow titles on hoopla digital since on-demand content can be enjoyed by multiple patrons simultaneously. Patrons who use hoopla digital also avoid library late fees as digital content borrowing periods simply expire without charges.

hoopla digital has partnerships with more than 860 public library systems across North America including Toronto Public Library, Tampa-Hillsborough County Public Library, Cuyahoga County Public Library, Calgary Public Library and The Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

New comic books will be added to the service weekly. The service is available only to patrons of participating public libraries.

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