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BOOM! Studios and Madefire Launch BOOM! Studios App

BOOM! Studios and Madefire announced today the launch of the BOOM! Studios app, available now on the iTunes App Store and coming soon to Google Play.

In partnership with the innovative mobile-comics platform Madefire, using their Motion Book Publisher service, BOOM! Studios is the newest standalone app to feature BOOM!’s acclaimed library of acclaimed comics from all four imprints – BOOM! Studios, BOOM! Box, KaBOOM!, and Archaia – along with day-and-date major releases, including today’s Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #11 and WWE #1. The app is free to download and titles will be available to purchase at their printed cover price on the day of release with older issues, original graphic novels, and collections available at a reduced price.

The BOOM! Studios app will offer day-and-date releases for every new BOOM! comic, graphic novel, collection, and more every Wednesday with a seamless reading experience on both smartphones and tablets.


DC Comics’ Monthly Comics Get a Price Increase and Digital Copies

DC_Logo_RGB_031816DC Comics has announced that in April they’ll be increasing the price of some of their comics from $2.99 to $3.99. But, with the increased price comes a digital copy of the comic that can be redeemed. Current comics that are $3.99 will also receive the digital code. This does not impact the twice monthly comics which will remain at $2.99.

This is similar to a program that Marvel launched in late 2011 and recently changed.

Titles impacted include:

  • All-Star Batman
  • Batgirl
  • Batgirl and the Birds of Prey
  • Batman Beyond
  • Batwoman
  • Blue Beetle
  • Cyborg
  • The Hellblazer
  • New Super-Man
  • Red Hood and the Outlaws
  • Super Sons
  • Supergirl
  • Superwoman
  • Teen Titans
  • Titans
  • Trinity

We’ll be monitoring this change to see the impact in both physical sales and digital activity. How will the price increase impact your purchases? Sound off in the comments!

VIZ Media Invests In Anime Start-Up Company KITSU

kitsu-logoKitsu, a startup changing the way the community experiences anime, has announced that it has raised six hundred thousand dollars in a seed round between San Francisco, California-based entertainment company VIZ Media, LLC, and Manila, Philippines-based entrepreneur Bernard Chong. Kitsu will use these funds to build out its world-class content discovery platform at, led by Kitsu founder and CEO, Josh Fabian, who started the project under the Hummingbird name. Josh previously was Lead Designer, Groupon Stores, and Lead Designer, oBaz.

As part of the investment, Bernard Chong as well as Brad Woods, VIZ Media’s Chief Marketing Officer, will join the Kitsu board. VIZ Media’s Rob Pereyda, Vice President of Business Development, led the deal at the company and will serve as Senior Advisor.

Built atop the modern web frameworks Ruby on Rails and Ember, the Kitsu platform (formerly Hummingbird) will remain open-source and be available to other entrepreneurs to use to drive their own discovery and social capabilities. The seed round investment from Bernard Chong and VIZ Media coincides with a ground-up rewrite and redesign of the Kitsu platform, now placing a greater emphasis on the social component of a user’s experience.

While a key selling point of the platform for many users has been the functionality to track the anime and manga they’ve seen and are planning to see, “Version 3” of the platform heavily focuses on the social aspect, leveraging a robust machine learning engine to surface content users will be more likely to enjoy, including not just one-to-one, show-to-show recommendation pairings, but sophisticated taste-based content cohorts (interest clusters).

comiXology Unlimited’s Comings and Goings in January

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 January 2017.


Alphagirl #1-2 by Jean-Paul Bonjour, Jeff Roenning and Robert Love (Image Comics)

Armor Hunters Vol. 1 and #1-4 by Robert Venditti, Cafu and Doug Braithwaite (Valiant Entertainment)

Complete Battlefields Vol. 1 by Garth Ennis, Russ Braun, Carlos Ezquerra, Hector Ezquerra and Peter Snejbjerg (Dynamite)

The Complete Elfquest Vol. 1: The Original Quest Vol. 1 by Richard Pini and Wendy Pini (Dark Horse Comics)

Copperhead #1-3 by Jay Faerber and Scott Godlewski (Image Comics)

Courtney Crumrin and the Coven of Mystics Vol. 2 and #1-4 by Ted Naifeh (Oni Press)

Damsels #1-6 by Leah Moore, John Reppion and Aneke (Dynamite)

Evil Ernie Vol. 1 and #1-6 by Jesse Blaze Snider and Jason Craig, Kyle Hotz and Stephen Segovia (Dynamite)

Fairy Quest collection & #1-2 by Paul Jenkins and Humberto Ramos (BOOM! Studios)

G-Man: Learning to Fly by Chris Giarrusso (Image Comics)

Jim Butcher’s The Dresden Files: Down Town collection and #1-5 by Jim Butcher, Mark Powers and Carlos Gomez (Dynamite)

Kaijumax Vol.1 and #1-6 by Zander Cannon (Oni Press)

King: Price Valiant #1-4 by Nate Cosby and Ron Salas (Dynamite)

Kiss #1 by Amy Chu and Kewber Baal (Dynamite)

Megahex by Simon Hanselmann (Fantagraphics)

Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #2 by Kyle Higgins and Hendry Prasetya (BOOM! Studios)

Nancy in Hell #1-4 by El Torres and Juan Jose Ryp (Image Comics)

Pantha Vol. 1 and #1-6 by Brandon Jerwa and Pow Podrix (Dynamite)

Quantum and Woody Vol. 1-2 and #5-8 by James Asmus, Tom Fowler and Ming Doyle (Valiant Entertainment)

Red Sonja Vol. 2: The Art of Blood and Fire by Gail Simone, Walter Geovani and Ivan Rodriguez (Dynamite)

Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time: Eye of the World #1-6 by Chuck Dixon, Robert Jordan and Chase Conley (Dynamite)

Shadowman (1997-1998) #1-8 by Garth Ennis, Ashley Wood and Charlie Allard (Valiant Entertainment)

The Beauty #1-3 by Jeremy Haun and Jason Hurley (Image Comics)

The Boys Vol. 3: Good for the Soul by Garth Ennis, Tony Avina and Darick Robertson (Dynamite)

Vampirella Vol. 2: A Murder of Crows by Brandon Jerwa, Eric Trautmann, Johnny Desjardins, Heubert Khan Michael and Fabiano Neves (Dynamite)


Abe Sapien: Dark and Terrible #1-3 by Scott Allie, Mike Mignola and Max Fiumara (Dark Horse Comics)

Aliens: More than Human collection and #1-4 by John Arcudi, Gabriel Andrade and Zach Howard (Dark Horse Comics)

Amanda Hocking’s The Hollows: A Hollowland Graphic Novel collection and #1-10 by Amanda Hocking, Tony Lee and Steve Uy (Dynamite)

Ares & Aphrodite #1-3 by Jamie S. Rich and Megan Levens (Oni Press)

Bad Medicine #1-3 by Nunzio DeFilippis, Christina Weir and Christopher Mitten (Oni Press)

Charismagic Vol. 1 and #1-6 by Vince Hernandez and Khary Randolph (Aspen Comics)

Dark Corridor #1-3 by Rich Tommaso (Image Comics)

Dark Engine Vol. 1 and #1-5 by Ryan Burton and John Bivens (Image Comics)

Mass Effect: Redemption #1-4 by John Jackson Miller, Mac Walters and Omar Francia (Dark Horse Comics)

Wasteland #7-14 by Antony Johnston, Carla Speed McNeil and Christopher Mitten (Oni Press)

MyComicGrader Gets an Update

mycomicgraderMyComicGrader has announced the latest upgrade of the MyComicGrader app for Android, iPhone and iPad devices, available for download starting December 30. This is the first app that provides users with the ability to grade modern era comics objectively anytime, anywhere with an Android smartphone, iPhone or iPad.

The new version has the following enhancements:

  • Basic and Pro Users
    • Larger images of creators on the creator detail page
    • The Search Buttons have been re-arranged to the following order: Events (was labeled Conventions previously), Creators, Auth. Witnesses (was labeled AW previously), eBay
    • When searching for creators, an indication of the number of events they are attending is displayed when users search for them
    • When searching for events, the number of creators attending is displayed when users search for them
  • Pro Users Only
    • Events: Filtering by Month/Year or Location
    • Creators: Filtering by Month/Year, Event or Profession
  • Creators
    • Can add up to three images of recent work they have produced
    • Can add a link for sketch requests, email, or website link
    • Can update their information including photo, and biography

In the release Mike “Hammer” Sukow, CEO of MyComicGrader said:

We noticed a significant gap in the comic book collectible market. We are very excited about offering a way to grade comics quickly and objectively, regardless if they are submitted to CBCS or CGC. We couldn’t be happier for fellow comic book fans. This is a big step in our plans to automate the process even further than the initial release. We have many additional enhancements planned starting in 2017.

The app determines the grade of comics and allows users to search on eBay for recent sale prices based on those grades. Searching for upcoming conventions as well as the writers, artists, cosplayers and other celebrities that will be attending is also part of the app’s functionality. And if you are looking to get a comic signed by a writer or creator, you can search for Authorized Witnesses and determine the conventions they will be attending.

ComicBlitz’s Android Public Beta Kicks Off

As announced last week, ComicBlitz, often called the “Netflix of digital comic books,” opens up an exclusive testing opportunity of their long awaited Android beta test to comics fans beginning today.

ComicBlitz sprung from it’s founder’s lifelong love of comics, and seeks to provide an alternative to existing platforms, putting the end user ahead of all other interests to provide the premier digital comics reading experience.

ComicBlitz’s new Android beta app gives users unlimited access to over 4,000 digital comics and graphic novels from top tier publishers like IDW, Top Cow, Dynamite, Valiant Entertainment, and more!

Comic fans can visit today to sign up for this exclusive opportunity to beta test the upcoming ComicBlitz Android app!


True Patriot Presents is Now Digital First

Chapterhouse Comics has announced that True Patriot Presents is now a Digital First series!

True Patriot Presents, the anthology of Canadian superheroes, was spearheaded by comic book writer J. Torres and features some of Canada’s biggest and brightest comic book creators.

Chapterhouse has promised more Digital First comics coming soon.

True Patriot Presents #2 releases January 11, 2017! You can subscribe to it today.


Attack on Titan Manga App Launches from Kodansha and Madefire

aot_appiconKodansha Comics has released a manga and newsfeed app on the iTunes store dedicated to its monster-hit property, Attack on Titan. The app comes with a number of unique features:

  • full catalog of all chapters and volumes of the manga, including every spinoff series
  • latest manga chapters available as they come out from Japan
  • free Motion Books viewable only on the app
  • news feeds, including exclusive interviews and video about the Attack on Titan property, with breaking announcements leading up to the Season 2 of the anime
  • bundle packs for new fans to get caught up quick

Until December 20 users who download the app and sign up for a free app account will receive 3 complimentary full-length graphic novels:

  • Attack on Titan volume 1
  • Attack on Titan: Before the Fall volume 1
  • Attack on Titan: Junior High Volume 1

Here is the link to download the app.

The Attack on Titan Manga app, produced by Kodansha Comics’s digital-content arm Kodansha Advanced Media, in partnership with the innovative mobile-comics platform Madefire, using their Motion Book Publisher service, presents a new way to read the biggest manga hit of the decade.

The dark, apocalyptic story of Attack on Titan unexpectedly became the best-selling new manga to come out of Japan in a decade. Published by Kodansha in Japan beginning in 2009, the manga series has since grown into a global phenomenon, inspiring a wildly popular anime series, notorious live-action film, videogames, and other pop-culture forces.

The ongoing manga series currently runs over 85 chapters, collected in 20 volumes to date in English and authoritatively published by Kodansha Comics. The heavily anticipated Season 2 of the anime debuts in April 2017.


Valiant and Big Viking Games Team Up for Mobile Gaming

big-viking-games_logoBig Viking Games, a leader in HTML5 mobile instant games, and Valiant Entertainment, the award-winning comic book publisher with a library of more than 2,000 characters, including X-O Manowar, Bloodshot, Harbinger, Shadowman, Archer & Armstrong and more, today announced a five-year mobile content partnership that will convert Valiant’s massive library of characters and stories into mobile instant gaming experiences focused on new gaming platforms such as the recently launched Facebook Messenger.

Starting today, Valiant and Big Viking will combine Valiant’s best-selling collection of superheroes and their associated storylines with Big Viking’s industry leading HTML5 development and publishing ability to deliver the Valiant Universe to fans and new players alike through a completely new medium. The companies intend to release numerous HTML5 titles with a focus on messengers and social networks as distribution.

In addition to today’s announcement, Big Viking recently revealed a $21.75 million funding round to continue expansion of their HTML5 mobile instant gaming division and the creation of a $10 million publishing fund to develop and distribute third-party content for messengers in HTML5. Additionally, last year Valiant announced a five-film deal with Sony Pictures to bring both Bloodshot and Harbinger franchises to life on the big screen.

ComicBlitz Opens Up Its Android App Beta. App Launching in January.

comicblitzComicBlitz announced today that it would launch an Android version of its App in early 2017. A beta test of that app was announced to begin December 19. ComicBlitz is a “Netflix like” service for digital comics and recently added IDW Publishing to its offerings.

Comic Blitz’s new Android beta app gives users unlimited access to over 4,000 digital comics and graphic novels from top tier publishers like IDW, Top Cow, Dynamite, Valiant Entertainment, and more!

ComicBlitz is an “all you can read” digital comics service that currently has a tiered service from a basic free platform limited to a few dozen comics, 10 comics a month for $3.99, or unlimited reading for $7.99.

Digital comic fans can visit today to sign up for the opportunity to beta test the upcoming ComicBlitz Android app.

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