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:

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.