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American Internet “Cannot Handle” Digital Distribution

Many entertainment companies are relying on digital distribution to guide them to profitability and success. The issue is, the American internet infrastructure isn’t quite there yet to support that. Much of the country lags with inadequate service. From lack of choices to expensive options and threats of data caps, there’s many issues looming that consumers aren’t even aware of.

With many of those entertainment companies also are tied into the internet provider providing the entertainment, consumers stand to lose in the long run. Data caps are a prime example of an issue facing consumers. As mentioned in the video below, one video game can cause someone to hit their cap. Computerworld gives us some reasons why (hint: monopolies).

YouTube personality boogie2988 tackles the issue in his latest video and mentions how this stifles innovation and economic growth.

(via Kotaku)

NYCC 2012 – ComiXology Brings the New. Submit to their Techy Goodness!

On top of a shiny new booth at New York Comic Con, digital comics leader comiXology announced two items yesterday. Comixology has announced it will soon allow for submissions from independent creators to publish their comics on the digital comic platform. In addition, folks can now pre-order comic books to boot. That’s two huge items.

ComiXology Submit will initially start out as invite-only/private beta. ComiXology Submit will allow creators a free portal to easily access the comiXology platform. Submissions will go through an approval process and when approved comiXology will transform the uploaded work with their Guided View technology – for free. Then the work goes on sale worldwide with the creator and comiXology splitting the profits evenly. That’s a nuclear bomb in the digital comic world and folks can sign up right now.

They are also now offering their customers the ability to pre-order their favorite comic books and graphic novels. This innovative pre-order feature, developed jointly with Marvel Comics, is now available through the Marvel webstore and the comiXology website. Pre-ordering kicked off earlier this week with Marvel’s launch of Marvel NOW! and the release of Uncanny Avengers #1, to give Marvel fans the ability to make sure they didn’t miss the first issue. Since Marvel’s Uncanny Avengers #1 debut, comiXology has rolled out the ability to pre-order to a wider slate of titles and is eyeing offering all new comic books and graphic novels for pre-order in the future.

Other comic titles currently available for pre-order:

  • Uncanny Avengers #1
  • He-Man and the Masters of the Universe #3
  • The Walking Dead #103
  • Transformers: Robots in Disguise #10
  • Prophecy #4
  • Godstorm #1

The pre-order feature solves the problem of comic fans missing their favorite new comic books or graphic novels. Once customers make a pre-order, they will be notified by email at the time of release and the comic or graphic novel will appear for download in the Purchases section. It is at that time that customers will be charged.

All of this is on top of the digital comic platform coming close to reaching their 100,000,000th download.

iVerse and Ape Entertainment Team for Exclusive Partnership

logoComics publisher Ape Entertainment and digital comics company iVerse Media jointly announced that content produced and marketed under the Ape Entertainment and KiZoic imprints will now be available digitally on the Comics Plus platform as part of an exclusive partnership.

Though iVerse and Ape Entertainment have collaborated for years, this marks the first time that Ape has entered into an exclusive arrangement for digital distribution.

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Current plans call for Temple Run to make its Comic Plus debut first, followed by Squids and then Fruit Ninja. Future titles and release plans will be announced soon.

An Ape Entertainment/iVerse collaboration that’s already borne fruit is the Dreamworks Comics app, currently available from the App Store. It features all of the Ape Dreamworks comics, including Shrek, The Penguins of Madagascar, Madagascar 3, Kung Fu Panda and Puss in Boots. Future plans call for a comic prequel to Rise of the Guardians, scheduled for release on October 17, 2012.

Marvel and comiXology Now Sync

Today comiXology and Marvel announced that consumers can now sync their purchases between comiXology’s platform and the Marvel-branded digital storefronts on iOS, Android and the Web.

Customers with Marvel purchases on separate Marvel and comiXology accounts can sync previous and future purchases by logging into the their comiXology account and visiting https://www.comixology.com/marvel-sync. Customers will be prompted to enter their Marvel account information to sync the two accounts. The purchased comics will then be available to read on the Marvel Comics app, and will also appear on the comiXology platform across iOS, Android and the Web.

ComiXology co-founder and CEO David Steinberger said:

This is just another step towards providing the best customer experience for all comic buyers no matter where they buy their Marvel comics. Fans can now not only read all their Marvel purchases on their Marvel Comics app and comiXology app and use both apps to get the latest can’t-miss super hero epics every week.

Earlier this year the two companies entered into a multi-year agreement to exclusively distribute Marvel’s single issue English-language digital comics worldwide.

Marvel fans can find single-issue digital comics, trade paperbacks and original graphic novels via the Marvel apps available for Apple iOS and Android, as well as the new web-based Marvel Comics Shop, all powered by comiXology. Marvel comics can also be found on the comiXology platform available on Apple iOS, Android, Kindle Fire and comixology.com. In addition, Marvel’s digital comics are available through comiXology’s Digital Storefronts for brick-and-mortar retailers and on their new Windows 8 Preview application.

VIZ Manga Digital Schedule Synchronizes Day-And-Date With Print

VIZ Media continues to refine its VIZ Manga digital platform with a newly announced general release schedule that will synchronize future manga titles to coincide with the domestic debut of their print counterparts, closing the gap between print and digital manga formats. Beginning yesterday, all VIZ Manga releases will debut on Tuesdays. In addition, digital volumes of current releases will debut on the same day as its print debut. This will also include future VIZ Media titles available from the NOOK Store™ for the Barnes & Noble NOOK Color and NOOK Tablet.

The VIZ Manga App is available for free through the iTunes Store and the Google Play Store, and all manga volumes are generally available for purchase and download in the U.S. and Canada within the application for about $4.99. More than 80 series and 700 volumes are currently available for download.

VIZ Media’s digital manga platform allows for universal access for fans to read manga from their Apple iPad®, iPhone®, iPod® touch, and Android-enabled smartphones, as well as VIZManga.com for desktop/laptop computers. With one account, registered users are able to view their purchases across even more devices than ever.

Heavy Metal Moves To Day and Date Distribution

Heavy Metal Magazine announced they’ve changed their release policy to Day and Date for all future books. Digital copies of the book will be available for purchase at www.heavymetal.com. Fans can find a local comic store via the Heavy Metal Comic Shop locator by visiting http://www.heavymetal.com/index.php?id=1946. This move started with the June 27th comic store release of their 35th anniversary book Four Horsemen Of the Apocalypse Book 1: Helldiver.

Heavy Metal CEO Kevin Eastman explained the strategy behind the change:

We have fans all over the world and the demand for digital is overwhelming. It’s not just about releasing new product anymore. The digital platform creates a new playing field. Fans want to be able to see a new product on the release day whether they are near a brick and mortar store or not. Four Horsemen has drawn a massive international appeal and it simply made sense to start the process as it hit stores.

Book 2: The Chosen is expected this August.

SDCC 2012 – Fantagraphics and comiXology Announce Digital Distribution Agreement

iPad Love and Rockets

Yesterday, Fantagraphics celebrating the 30th anniversary of publishing the Hernandez Brothers’ groundbreaking Love and Rockets announced entrance into the digital age through a brand new digital distribution agreement with comiXology.

To mark the occasion, Fantagraphics Books and comiXology have immediately made available the first four issues of the Hernandez Brothers’ phenomenal Love and Rockets: New Stories. Following Comic-Con, comiXology will debut Love and Rockets: New Stories #5 on the same day as the print release is available in comic book stores this September. Subsequently, Fantagraphics will begin to release certain titles from their extensive front list and back catalogue across the entire comiXology platform.

Fantagraphics and comiXology worked closely together to acquire the highest resolution source material to make sure these volumes of Love and Rockets: New Stories look great in comiXology’s new high–definition comic format — CMX-HD — for Love and Rockets fans that are reading on the new iPad.

Love and Rockets #1-4

SDCC 2012 – comiXology Brings the Announcements

comiXology brought quite a few announcements to the opening day of San Diego Comic-Con 2012. First up is their release of an app for Windows 8, comiXology customers can login and read many comics they previously purchased. Consumers will also be able to browse their collection using “Semantic Zoom,” a Metro style UI feature in Windows 8 that allows for pinch and zoom searching in alphabetical titles. Also new to Comics by comiXology fans is the ability on Windows 8 to read a comic side-by-side with other applications.

A full listing of features and benefits of Comics by comiXology for Windows 8 Release Preview includes:

  • Read your favorite digital comics virtually anywhere. (Some publishers are not available at this time.)
  • Comics are stored in the cloud and comics can be downloaded straight to your device with the tap of a button.
  • Read comics while sending an e-mail or finishing a document with Windows 8 snapped view.
  • More than 10,000 comics available on Windows 8-based devices, with more to come.
  • Own a lot of comics? Digging through your library just got easier with Semantic Zoom, just pinch and zoom to see all your comics organized in easy-to-click tiles.

Next, comiXology has gone Bongo with the release of that comic publisher’s very own app! Radioactive Man, Bart Simpson, Simpsons Comics, and many other Simpsons-related comic book titles will be available in digital form for iPads and iPhones with a Simpsons Comics iOS app developed by Bongo and comiXology.

Finally Abrams ComicArts, an imprint of ABRAMS, the preeminent publisher of illustrated books, announced a digital graphic novel distribution agreement with comiXology.

iVerse Media Shakes Up Comics+

iVerse Media recently announced some shake ups to their Comics+ digital comic application.  Facing the juggernaut that is comiXology, the technology platform is focusing greater on independent creators, libraries and renewed outreach to potential new customers.

Below is the full release:

iVERSE MEDIA ROLLS OUT NEW DIGITAL COMICS INITIATIVES
Rebranded ComicsPlus Platform to Offer Enhanced Features for Content Creators, Publishers, Retailers and Consumers

(June 7, 2012—Waco, TX) – iVerse Media, creators of some of the world’s most popular and widely used technologies for reading digital comics, today announced several new enhancements to their “Comics+” platform. Individually, each of these initiatives provides users with advanced tools with which to read, create, fund, publish and even promote original comics content, as well as maximize the enjoyment of comics and graphic novels from leading brands including Marvel, IDW, Archie, Image, Boom!, Ape Entertainment and others. Promoted together as the more powerful “plus” in a newly rebranded “ComicsPlus,” these advances strengthen iVerse’s position as the pioneer in digital technologies that engage all sectors of comic culture – readers, retailers, publishers and, not the least, creators.

“One of the things the iPad and other mobile tablets do is give us an unprecedented opportunity for innovation in comics,” said iVerse CEO Michael Murphey. “Comics – creator owned comics in particular – have a great opportunity to truly take things to the next level, and we want to help them do just that.”

“There is a lot we can do to “plus up” the digital comics experience, and we want to emphasize that in our branding,” added Tony Hobdy, iVerse Chief Operating Officer. To help promote the amped up ComicsPlus both within and outside of the comics community, iVerse has retained the services of advertising and marketing firm, Bonfire Agency, LLC, specialists in building bridges between brands and what is loosely referred to as “geek culture.”

“One of the first orders of business was to evolve what was the Comics+ brand toward something that represented the stronger, more robust ComicsPlus of today – and tomorrow,” said Steve Rotterdam, Bonfire Partner and Co-Founder.

“The new identity emphasizes that all-important word “plus,” a word that evokes exactly what users want from the platform – more content, more features, more power, more versatility.”

Debuting today, the new look also lends itself to highlighting featured content from participating publishers and creators – and will soon be incorporated into all aspects of the ComicsPlus platform, as well as across brand partnerships and merchandising.

Bonfire is also working with iVerse leadership in developing strategic marketing initiatives, targeted advertising, promotions and alliances.

Among the enhanced features introduced by iVerse through ComicsPlus are tools designed to furnish the creative community with greater resources for the publishing and promotion of original content. Facebook and Twitter sharing capabilities are also prominent in the enhanced platform.

“Full details will be announced soon, but one thing that’s true about comics is that sometimes the story of how the comic was created can be just as interesting as the comic itself, and we want to help creators tell that story, and help accelerate the growth of creator owned comics,” said Steve May, iVerse Director of Business Development.

Extra content will be key to the new ComicsPlus. “Fans want to go behind the scenes of the comics and graphic novels they love to read,” said Murphey. “They want to get into the minds of the creators. We’re working with publishers to make that happen.”

Another area of emphasis will be in working with the American Library Association in reaching out to libraries across North America with more effective models to boost distribution of digital content and leverage the appeal of comics – particularly manga – to drive and sustain increased usage within the communities they serve.

These initiatives follow the recently announced ComicsPlus: Library Edition, a special version of iVerse’s ComicsPlus app accessible through library web portals. The app runs on iOS, Android and any device that can run HTML5, including laptop and desktop computers. Depending on the device used, patrons are able to download comics or stream them over the Internet.

Chaykin’s Seminal American Flagg Finally Available Digitally On comixology

CHAYKIN’S SEMINAL AMERICAN FLAGG FINALLY AVAILABLE DIGITALLY ON COMIXOLOGY

INCLUDES AN EXCLUSIVE FORWARD BY WARREN ELLIS

June 6th, 2012 – New York, New York — Dynamite Entertainment and comiXology have teamed up to release legendary comic creator Howard Chaykin’s classic American Flagg! digitally across the entire comiXology platform — including iPhoneiPad, AndroidKindle Fire and the Web. Long considered a classic, this exclusive digital release also includes a brand new forward by bestselling comic creator and novelist Warren Ellis — only available on comiXology. The forward, along with first arc of the American Flagg series marks the beginning of a new era for this groundbreaking masterpiece as it moves into the digital age.

“Bringing the work of a master creator like Howard Chaykin to the forefront of the digital realm defines what comiXology is at it’s very core” says comiXology CEO and Co-Founder David Steinberger “Being able to distribute lost classics to new readers is something we’re striving to continue as we push forward in 2012.”

Lauded for its status as a cult classic and unparalleled in it’s impact on today’s comic scene, Howard Chaykin’s American Flagg! brings it’s unique indie spirit to comiXology and is available for download as individual single issues and as a completed Graphic Novel.

“There are few great comic works as influential and well respected as Howard Chaykin’s American Flagg!  The work is, in my opinion, one of the most important works from the 1980’s.  Howard was ahead of his time with American Flagg!  He was a visionary, and Flagg!, as well as The Shadow and other works show why he is one of the most respected creators in comics.” says Dynamite President and Publisher Nick Barrucci “Offering American Flagg! digitally is ideal in bringing the classic series to a new generation of readers.  We couldn’t be more excited about having both this incredible series by Chaykin with a new forward by Ellis available digitally on comiXology.”

A monumental achievement in modern sequential art, American Flagg tells the story of Reuben Flagg and the world he inhabits following the devastating events of the Year of the Domino. In a future where planet Earth has been torn asunder by a wave of natural disasters and civilization is forced to plot a new course for itself as the United States government flees to Mars, Flagg must deal with all the remaining factions left behind.

“When I first produced American Flagg! back in the early ’80s, I had no idea just how much I got right about the dystopic future careening toward us.  Needless to say, I’m delighted to have the material available digitally,” said legendary series creator Howard Chaykin. “Now get to work, you intellectual-property pirates, thieves, and scumbags–here’s one more thing to steal.”

A welcomed addition to the vast offerings of digital comics available on the comiXology platform, American Flagg continues to stand the test of time decades after it’s original release. Newly recolored and restored, American Flagg is available for download  as one graphic novel collecting the first twelve issues or individual issues on iPhoneiPad, AndroidKindle Fire and the Web as well as the comiXology Digital Storefront program. Colliding with the future it so ably depicted thirty years ago, American Flagg has never been more widely available to readers — both new and old — than it is today.

About Dynamite Entertainment
Dynamite Entertainment was founded in 2004 and is home to several best-selling comic book titles and properties, including The Shadow, The Boys, Green Hornet, Vampirella, Warlord of Mars, Bionic Man, Game of Thrones and more!

In addition to their critically-acclaimed titles and best selling comics, Dynamite works with some of the most high profile creators in comics and entertainment, including Alex Ross, John Cassaday, Garth Ennis, Michael Avon Oeming, Mel Rubi, Marc Guggenheim, Stephen Sadowski, Mike Carey, Jim Krueger, Greg Pak, Brett Matthews, Jae Lee, Matt Wagner and a host of up and coming new talent!

Dynamite recently won the Diamond Gem Award for Best Publisher Under 4% of market share for 2011!

DYNAMITE is consistently ranked in the upper tiers of comic book publishers and several of their titles – including Alex Ross and Jim Krueger’s PROJECT SUPERPOWERS - have debuted in the Top Ten lists produced by Diamond Comics Distributors. Several of their titles have also hit The New York Times Best-Sellers list: The Boys, Vampirella Archives, Robert Jordan’s New Spring and Wheel of Time graphic novels. In 2005 Diamond awarded the company a GEM award for Best New Publisher and another GEM in 2006 for Comics Publisher of the Year (under 5%). The company has also been nominated for several industry awards, including the prestigious Eisner Award.

About comiXology
Founded in 2007 with the mission of bringing comics to people everywhere, comiXology — in just five short years — has revolutionized the comic book and graphic novel world.  From creating the industry leading platform for digital comics to tools and services for brick and mortar retailers, comiXology has lead the charge in exposing new audiences to the rich history and culture of comic books. With the development of the Comics by comiXology digital comics platform — available across iPhoneiPad, AndroidKindle Fire and the Web — comiXology provides the easiest way worldwide for people to enjoy comics at just the click of a button! Regularly ranking as the top grossing iPad app in the entire iTunes App Store, Comics by comiXology was recently selected as a preloaded app on Amazon’s Kindle Fire. Providing digital comics across multiple platforms, comiXology will not stop until everyone on the face of the earth has been turned into a comic book fan.

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