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Wix Answers Some Questions About the DeviantArt Acquisition

deviantart-logo-wordmark-1024x762Yesterday we broke the news that Wix had acquired DeviantArt for $36 million adding the popular art site to their website platform. There were some interesting details but one stood out, that art posted on DeviantArt would be available for use on Wix websites.

There were also some lingering issues with the DeviantArt community like harassment. Luckily, the Wix team and CEO Angelo Sotira responded to our inquiries earlier today.

Graphic Policy: The news mentioned making the DeviantArt material available to Wix users. Is there any more information on how that would work? Is this going to be monetized? A mix of open source/monetized? None of the above?

Angelo Sotira: Important to note that artwork would never be shared without the artist’s explicit permission. Deviants would always have to opt-in to allow their art to be used.

How this works, and the options for our artists to broaden their audience reach are in the works. Whether this is brand building or new revenue streams, DeviantArt and Wix will look for ways for users to grow, find new fans and potentially monetize their work, if they choose to do so.

Graphic Policy: DeviantArt has had harassment issues and the site hasn’t done much to add tools to report harassment or even blocking tools. Is that a priority or on the road map for the future of DeviantArt.

Angelo Sotira: Our community is at the heart of everything we do – we are committed to providing all of our members with a safe and fun environment to create and grow.

DeviantArt’s community is more focused than other social networks on the expression of deeply personal feelings through art. In addition, the site demographics, again compared to other social networks, skew younger. The site has a clear, obvious and present reporting tool, a well enforced Etiquette Policy, blocking tools, and a well-trained Community Operations staff.

Are there improvements to be made? Absolutely. While it is early to comment on roadmap specifics, we are aware of the issues and are always looking to do better.


Wix Buys DeviantArt for $36 Million (Update) has made an acquisition that greatly impacts the comic community. The Israel-based website building tool site has acquired DeviantArt, the online community for artists, designers, art fans. There’s around 325 million pieces of original art on the site with more than 40 million registered members. Wix purchased DeviantArt for $36 million in cash, including $3 million of assumed liabilities.

DeviantArt was founded in 2000 and raised about $13.5 million from backers including Autodesk, DivX, and individual investors. The site’s growth has really been through community with almost no investment in marketing or advertisement. DeviantArt also has been a supporter of artist allies such as at Comic-Con International San Diego (the site ended that in 2015 for SDCC). Still, it’s a site you see advertised by numerous artists and acts as a vital tool for writers to discover collaborators and artists to show off their skills.

The site will continue to operate on its own, but Wix will use it to help boost its website business. DeviantArt users will get Wix’s tools to build out their online presence, but beyond design, it’ll also cover commerce and other features.

Wix is also using DeviantArt to boost its own offering. The company will open up the community’s repository of art to Wix’s users for use on their own site building. It’s unknown how this will work.

Wix will also help develop DeviantArt’s desktop and mobile apps.

Angelo Sotira, co-founder and CEO of DeviantArt, will join the Wix management team. DeviantArt will continue to be based in LA.

Wix is currently valued at $2.86 billion and this deal will increase their revenue around $8 million to $417 million to $419 million, and its collections outlook by $9 million to between $461 million to $467 million. They said they will make $8 million in investments in the platform.

Update: Wix answered some of our questions concerning this announcement.

Marvel Unlimited Reaches 20,000 Comics!

20,000 comics in 2017! Marvel Unlimited, Marvel’s digital comics subscription service, has announced that Unlimited members now have access to over 20,000 issues of Marvel’s classic and newer titles, delivered digitally through your desktop web browser and the Marvel Unlimited mobile app. With a library of titles spanning 75+ years of Marvel history, Marvel Unlimited continues to grow weekly, with newer titles added as early as six months after they’re in stores.

To celebrate its 20,000 comics milestone, existing Marvel Unlimited subscribers will receive two gifts – a digital redemption code good for 3 free digital comics1, and a code for a free month of Marvel Unlimited they can give to a friend!2

With our 10-year Anniversary fast approaching, and more surprises around the corner, now’s the perfect time to become a Marvel Unlimited member. Join today!

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

And Marvel Unlimited is perfect for on-the-go reading! This amazing service is accessible on the web and through the Marvel Unlimited app on iPhone, iPad and Android™ devices.

An unlimited universe of 20,000+ comics await! Subscribe today for the low monthly rate of $9.99!*



*Offer valid February 14th, 2017 12:01AM ET to February 21st, 2017 11:59PM EST on monthly memberships only.  Offer is open to new and former (now-cancelled, not active on or after 10/1/2016) Marvel Unlimited members. Offer not valid on gift, annual or Annual Plus memberships.  Valid payment card required to redeem offer. Auto-renewal and other terms and conditions apply. First month billed at $0; subsequent months billed [monthly to the payment card on file at the then-current monthly subscription fee (currently $9.99 per month) unless and until cancelled. Cancel anytime through My Account following registration or by e-mailing All subscription fees are nonrefundable. No refunds or credits for partial subscription terms.  Marvel Unlimited subscription, Marvel user account and internet access required to access digital comics.
1: Code Expires on February 21, 2017 at 11:59PM EST. Distributed by email to subscribers only. Each (1) code (“Code”) is redeemable for one (1) download on of digital copies of CHAMPIONS #1, JESSICA JONES #1 and AVENGERS #1. One Code per transaction.. The Code is a promotional code and is not to be shared, is not for resale, has no cash value and will not be replaced if lost or stolen. This offer is nontransferable.
2: Code Expires on February 21, 2017 at 11:59PM  EST. Distributed by email to subscribers only.   The Code is a promotional code and is not for resale, has no cash value and will not be replaced if lost or stolen.

Aces Weekly Asks You to Pick a Card, Any Card

Aces Weekly, the on-line comic magazine, founded in 2012 by David Lloyd and Bambos Georgiou, has announced the release of a set of collectible “trading cards”, which give purchasers access to volumes of the award-winning publication.

Each of the ten cards features an image from a specific volume on one side and a unique code on the other, which allows access to that volume. Volumes feature at least six different stories spanning seven issues and are often over 200 pages in length.

The cards are limited editions of 100 per volume, and are available from direct sales comic shops retailing for £6.99 for one card.

The first ten volumes feature a stellar line-up of established talent such as David Lloyd,  Herb Trimpe, Marc Hempel, Henry Flint, James Hudnall, Val Mayerik, JC Vaughn, Mark Wheatley, Phil Hester, John McCrea, Yishan Li, Algesiras, Alain Mauricet, Alexandre Tefenkgi, Roger Langridge, Dan Christensen, Kev Hopgood, Ferg Handley, Dave Hine, Shaky Kane, Keith Burns, Lew Stringer, Carl Critchlow, Phil Elliott, Lew Stringer, Stephen Baskerville, Jim Hansen, Mychailo Kazybrid, David Leach, Batton Lash, Jimmy Broxton and Bambos Georgiou.

Aces Weekly has also managed to launch plenty of breakout creators during those first ten volumes, including Paul McCaffrey, David Hitchcock, Ben Dickson, Gavin Mitchell, Esteban Hernandez, Kathryn Layno, Jok, Santullo, Rachael Smith and Lawrence Beveridge of the Fearless Vampire Killers, to name but a few.

The cards feature the following artist;

Volume 1 David Lloyd
Volume 2 Henry Flint
Volume 3 Marc Hempel
Volume 4 Herb Trimpe
Volume 5 Shaky Kane
Volume 6 Roger Langridge
Volume 7 Nardo Conforti
Volume 8 Paul McCaffrey
Volume 9 Val Mayerik
Volume 10 Keith Burns

Comic shops can obtain wholesale prices and order sets of cards by contacting Bambos Georgiou at

Cougar and Cub Goes Digital Plus an Exclusive Look at Issue 2’s Backup Story

cougar-and-cub-2January saw the debut of Cougar and Cub, the new series from writer Nick Marino and Daniel Arruda Massa, the creators of guilt pleasure Holy F*ck, and published by Action Lab Entertainment mature imprint Action Lab: Danger Zone. The series also features backup stories from Rosie Knight with art by Massa. While the first issue saw a release in both print and digital, the second issue is getting a stealth cancellation of sorts and will only see a digital release for the remaining issues through comiXology and Kindle.

There is a chance the series will be released as a trade collecting all five issues in September but to make sure that happens, buy the comic digitally!

The series is a comedic superhero series that follows Cougar and Cub, Megaville’s ferocious feline fighters who after tussling with their rogues also tussle with each other. What happens when a superhero has sex with their sidekick?

We asked writer Nick Marino about the change which he said:

Daniel, Rosie, and I have worked our butts off to make Cougar and Cub a comic book that both roasts and toasts superheroes with equal vigor! We hope everyone who picked up the first issue in comic shops will continue to follow the series on comiXology as we continue to deliver tons of humor, action, and drama with this five issue tale.

So, show your support for indie comics! You can get the first issue now and second issue digitally when it’s released this Wednesday.

Until then, check out this exclusive of the backup story from Cougar and Cub #2 written by Rosie Knight with art by Daniel Arruda Massa.

Kodansha Digital Debut – Tokyo Tarareba Girls by Akiko Higashimura, Chihayafuru, and A Springtime with Ninjas launching on Valentine’s Day

kodanshacomics_logo_bubble_blktxtKodansha Comics continues its ramp-up of digital manga debuts for 2017 on February 14th with Tokyo Tarareba Girls, Akiko Higashimura’s hilarious follow-up to her best-selling Princess Jellyfish. Along with being one of the most requested titles in Kodansha Comics’s history, Princess Jellyfish was a regular on The New York Times Manga Best Seller list and was named by the New York Public Library as one of its “50 Best Books for Teens” and by Amazon as one of the “Best Comics and Graphic Novels of 2016.”

With Tokyo Tarareba Girls, Higashimura continues to sharpen her razor wit on the lives of young women in the big city, this time honing in on one single thirtysomething and her dystopian dating problems—”One day I woke up and I was 33”—just in time for Valentine’s Day!

Also going on sale February 14th is the long-awaited debut of Yuki Suetsugu’s Chiyahafuru, the story of adolescent lives and emotions playing out against the high drama of karuta—traditional Japanese card-playing. Chihayafuru, a long-running bestseller in Japan, was the basis of the surprise-hit anime of the same name that streamed on Crunchyroll.

Rounding out the trio of debuts on the 14th will be Narumi Hasegaki’s A Springtime with Ninjas, a shojo romantic comedy about one strong-willed rich girl and her “smoking-hot” ninja bodyguard!

The Valentine’s Day digital debuts round out Kodansha Comics’s entire month’s focus on shojo manga, with ongoing sales on select shojo titles every week throughout the month of February.

ComicBlitz Launches Industry’s First Equity Crowdfunding Campaign

cb_phone_homeToday, startup ComicBlitz, has announced they’re launching an equity crowdfunding campaign through This move allows fans to participate as investors in the company’s growth. ComicBlitz is a digital comics subcription service that offers unlimited access to comics from multiple publishers.

Currently, ComicBlitz offers consumers full and unlimited access to more than 4,500 comics and graphic novels representing more than 750 titles from publishers such as IDW, Valiant, Top Cow, Dynamite, Action Lab, Zenescope, Aspen, Abrams ComicArts, DMC Comics and many others. The premium monthly subscription price is $7.99.

The WeFunder campaign gives participants the ability to not only invest in something they care about but get direct lines of communication with the top decision makers. WeFunder is the number one equity crowdfunding site in the U.S. for startups in terms of participation and revenues raised.

Next steps for the company, according to ComicBlitz’s CTO and Co-Founder Greg Weiss, include bringing on additional key publishers, adding enhanced features and creating an even more streamlined user experience.  ComicBlitz is also gearing up a self-publishing portal for indie creators and anyone else to easily upload their content for free, tap into the ComicBlitz audience and earn royalties.  It will be an automated system where individual creators can upload their work seamlessly into the ComicBlitz system. The company will have final approval on all content.

Currently available on iOS devices, the company recently launched a beta for Android.

Valiant and Humble Bundle Present the Valiant Heroes Bundle

Humble Bundle and Valiant Entertainment have announced that they have joined forces for the Humble Comics Bundle: Valiant Heroes: – a massive digital comics collection featuring more than 90 issues of some of the most talked-about titles in comics today!

A special one-time offering loaded with digital collections of Valiant’s best-selling series, plus the opportunity to obtain a physical reward, the limited edition X-O Manowar #1 Virgin Art Variant, customers who support the Humble Comics Bundle: Valiant Heroes can also choose to benefit the vitally important work of The Keep A Breast Foundation – a leading nonprofit organization with a mission to empower young people around the world with breast health education and support.

The Humble Comics Bundle: Valiant Heroes features a shelf-busting digital library of 24 graphic novels and collections, and spans many of Valiant’s most popular superhero titles – including Bloodshot Reborn, Faith, Ninjak, Divinity, The Valiant, X-O Manowar, and more! With a total retail value of more than $385, the Humble Comics Bundle: Valiant Heroes is the biggest offering of Valiant titles ever!

Featuring work by an all-star cast of top talents – including writers Joshua Dysart, Jody Houser, Matt Kindt, Jeff Lemire, Fred Van Lente, and Robert Venditti, alongside artists Raul Allen, Clayton Crain, Clay Mann, Marguerite Sauvage and more – the Humble Comics Bundle: Valiant Heroes is the perfect place to jump on board the acclaimed superhero universe!

In addition, for the first time ever, Valiant will feature all-new Comicstorian episodes exclusive to Humble Bundle customers.  With over 285 million views, Comicstorian is one of the hottest YouTube channels in comics fandom! And now, they’re delivering all-new digital videos exclusively for this Valiant bundle. These custom-made episodes on X-O Manowar, Unity, Rai and Bloodshot cannot be missed!


Fans who pay just $1 receive the first volumes of Ivar, Timewalker; The Death-Defying Doctor Mirage; and Wrath of the Eternal Warrior; along with other exciting digital collections! Plus: Get a Comicstorian Exclusive Valiant Video with an all access tour of X-O Manowar!

Contribute $8 or more, and unlock even more of Valiant’s best-selling titles, including Book of Death, Bloodshot Reborn, Divinity, Imperium, and Ninjak, alongside the continued adventures of Archer & Armstrong and Rai! Plus, receive a copy of Valiant Universe: The Role Playing Game from Catalyst Game Labs (Shadowrun), the Faith #3 Keep A Breast #CheckYourSelfie Variant, and another Comicstorian Exclusive Valiant Video chronicling the saga of Rai, the spirit guardian of the 41st century New Japan!

For $15 or more, Valiant will unleash the full might of its superhero universe with the Armor Hunters Deluxe Edition, The Valiant Deluxe Edition, and Faith Vol. 1: Hollywood & Vine. Plus, receive the Valiant Universe: The Role Playing Game Supplement and a Comicstorian Exclusive Valiant Video featuring the unstoppable Bloodshot and Valiant’s premier superhero team, Unity!

Submit $25 or more, and receive the X-O Manowar #1 Virgin Art Variant, signed by cover artist Lewis LaRosa – Valiant’s first-ever Humble Bundle physical reward!  Experience the FIRST ISSUE to the EPIC NEW ONGOING SERIES from New York Times best-selling writer Matt Kindt and Valiant-exclusive rising star Tomas Giorello in epic fashion with this Humble Bundle-exclusive variant cover showcasing the full might of LaRosa’s sensational cover artwork without trade dress and signed by the artist himself!

The Humble Comics Bundle: Valiant Heroes runs for two weeks beginning Wednesday, February 8, 2017 at 11 a.m. PST and ending Wednesday, February 22, 2017 at 11 a.m. PST.

comiXology Unlimited’s February Additions and Subtractions

comixology unlimitedComiXology has announced the latest addition and subtractions from their comiXology Unlimited platform. The service allows unlimited reading from a curated set of titles for just $5.99 a month. The service also provides a 30 day free trial for individuals.

Check below for the full list of what’s coming and going in February 2017.


40 Coffins collection by Rodolfo Santullo and Jok (Space Goat Productions)
Big Game Hunters #1-3 by Shon C. Bury, Jok and Estudio Haus (Space Goat Productions)
The Boys Vol. 4 by Garth Ennis, Tony Avina, John Higgins and Darick Robertson (Dynamite)
Control #1-2 by Angela Cruickshank, Andy Diggle and Andrea Mutti (Dynamite)
Copperhead Vol. 1 and #4-5 by Jay Faerber and Scott Godlewski (Image Comics)
Danger Girl Deluxe collection and #1-7 by J. Scott Campbell and Andy Hartnell (IDW Publishing)
Dark Lily #1 by Georgia Ball and George Kambadais (Space Goat Productions)
Doorkickers #1 by Shon C. Bury, Scott McCullough and Douglas Franchin (Space Goat Productions)
Drive GN by Michael Benedetto and Antonio Fuso (IDW Publishing)
Eerie Archives Vol. 1-3 by various (Dark Horse Comics)
Evil Dead 2 #0-2 by Frank Hannah and Edgar Salazar (Space Goat Productions)
Evil Dead 2: Tales of the Ex-Mortis #1-3 by Justin Peniston and Enza Fontana (Space Goat Productions)
Faith (2016) #1-3 by Jody Houser, Pere Perez and Marguerite Sauvage (Valiant Entertainment)
The Family Secret #0 by Justin Peniston and Eder Messias (Space Goat Productions)
Farscape: Gone and Back #1-4 by Keith R.A. DeCandido, Rockne O’Bannon and Tommy Patterson (BOOM! Studios)
Grand Passion #1 by James Robinson and Tom Feister (Dynamite)
Grimm Fairy Tales: Steampunk #1-2 by Pat Shand and Annapaola Martello (Zenescope)
Halo: Initiation collection and #1-3 by Brian Reed and Marco Castiello (Dark Horse Comics)
Harbinger Wars collection and #1-4 by Joshua Dysart, Duane Swierczynski, Clayton Henry and Mico Suayan (Valiant Entertainment)
Invincible Vol. 4 by Robert Kirkman and Ryan Ottley (Image Comics)
James Bond #1-3 by Warren Ellis and Jason Masters (Dynamite)
Jim Butcher’s The Dresden Files: War Cry collection and #1-5 by Jim Butcher, Mark Powers, Carlos Gomez and Stjepan Sejic (Dynamite)
Judge Dredd Vol. 3 and #9-12 by Duane Swierczynski, Nelson Daniel, Antonio Fuso and Brendan McCarthy (IDW Publishing)
King: Prince Valiant #1-4 by Nate Cosby and Ron Salas (Dynamite)
Lady Snowblood Vol. 1-2 by Kazuo Koike
Maddy Kettle Vol. 1 by Eric Orchard (IDW Publishing)
Mage Inc. #1-#3 by Shon C. Bury and Ian Waryanto and Arison Aguiar (Space Goat Productions)
Mass Effect: Foundation Vol. 1 and #1-4 by Mac Walters, Omar Francia and Tony Parker (Dark Horse Comics)
Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #3 by Kyle Higgins and Hendry Prasetya (BOOM! Studios)
The Misadventures of Grumpy Cat and Pokey collection and #1-3 by Ben Fisher, Ben McCool, Agnes Garbowska, Steve Uy and various (Dynamite)
Mixtape #1 by Brad Abraham, Jok and Gervasio (Space Goat Productions)
Monster Elementary #1-#2 by Nicholas Doan, Caanan Grall, Christopher Tupa (Space Goat Productions)
Nox #1 by Shon C. Bury and Allan Goldman (Space Goat Productions)
Orphan Black Vol. 1 and #1-5 by John Fawcett, Jody Houser, Graeme Manson, Szymon Kudranski, Alan Quah and Cat Staggs (IDW Publishing)
Red Sonja Vol. 3 #1-#3 by Marguerite Bennett and Aneke (Dynamite)
Rocket Queen and the Wrench #1 by Justin Peniston and Ramanda Kamarga (Space Goat Productions)
Sons Of The Devil #1-#3 by Brian Buccellato and Toni Infante (Image Comics)
Space Goat Presents: Halloween Treat Bag by Jacob Bascle, Shon C. Bury, Justin Peniston, Darren Vincenzo, Jok and Alan Quah (Space Goat Productions)
Spawn of Mars and Other Stories by Al Feldstein and Wally Wood (Fantagraphics)
Spread Vol. 1 and #1-#6 Justin Jordan, Felipe Sobreiro and Kyle Strahm (Image Comics)
Sucker Bait and Other Stories by Al Feldstein and Graham Ingels (Fantagraphics)
The Werewolf O’Reilly #1 by Darren Vincenzo and Yvel Guichet (Space Goat Productions)
Wonder Woman ’77 Meets The Bionic Woman #2 by Andy Mangels and Judit Tondora (Dynamite)


Ant Vol. 1 and #1-8 by Mario Gully, Marc Hammond and Mario Gully (Image Comics)
B.P.R.D.: Hell on Earth Vol. 1 and #1-5 by Mike Mignola, John Arcudi and Guy Davis (Dark Horse Comics)
Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Spike collection and #1-5 by Victor Gischler and Paul Lee (Dark Horse Comics)
Conan and the Demons of Khitai #1-4 by Akira Yoshida and Paul Lee (Dark Horse Comics)
Danger Girl: Revolver collection and #1-4
Farscape: Ongoing #1-4 by by Keith R.A. DeCandido, Rockne O’Bannon and Will Sliney (BOOM! Studios)
Farscape Vol. 7 by Keith R.A. DeCandido, Rockne O’Bannon and Will Sliney (BOOM! Studios)
Halo: Escalation Vol. 1 and #1-6 by Christopher Schlerf, Sergio Ariño and Ricardo Sanchez (Dark Horse Comics)
Jim Butcher’s The Dresden Files: Down Town collection and #1-6 by Jim Butcher, Mark Powers and Carlos Gomez (Dynamite)
Mass Effect: Invasion #1-4 by John Jackson Miller, Mac Walters and Omar Francia (Dark Horse Comics)
Mass Effect: Redemption Vol. 1 and #1-4 by John Jackson Miller, Mac Walters and Omar Francia (Dark Horse Comics)
Spacehawk by Basil Wolverton (Fantagraphics)
The High Cost of Dying and Other Stories by Reed Crandall, Al Feldstein and Reed Crandall (Fantagraphics)
‘Taint the Meat…It’s the Humanity! and Other Stories by Al Feldstein and Jack Davis (Fantagraphics)

Marvel Unlimited Expands this February with More Digital Comics

marvelunlimited-tsum-tsum-2016-1Marvel Unlimited expands this February adding more titles to the over 19,000 digital comics already available. With classic and newer issues added every week here are some of the amazing Marvel titles coming to Marvel Unlimited this February:

Week of 2/6

SILK #11


Week of 2/13

marvelunlimited-all-new-all-different-avengers-annual-2016-1A YEAR OF MARVELS: AUGUST INFINITE COMIC #1
SPIDER-MAN 2099 #13


Week of 2/20

marvelunlimited_the-fallen-2016-1ALL-NEW INHUMANS #10


Week of 2/27

marvelunlimited-uncanny-inhumans-annual-2016-1CAPTAIN AMERICA: STEVE ROGERS #4
DRAX #10


With February’s update, Marvel Unlimited will also be expanding its back catalog with the following series: Saga of The Sub-Mariner (1988), Spider-Man: Chapter One (1998), War Machine (1994) and Super-Villain Team-Up (1975).

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 or creators.

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