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Justice League Vol. 1 Gets Alexa Audio Commentary

We at Graphic Policy think digital comics and the use of technology has the ability to transform the comic industry. One of the things we’ve thought would have happened by now is “digital commentary” for comics taking us into the mind of the creators and process.

We now have a step towards that with a new Alexa app called “Justice League Origins” about the Justice League comic series in time for the new movie.

Hear Jim Lee share EXCLUSIVE commentary around his experiences and thought processes while drawing Justice League Vol. 1 – a critical new origin story in the DC Universe, and the inspiration for the Fall 2017 Justice League movie. Known for his incredibly detailed and dynamic artistic style, Lee is one of the most revered and respected artists in American comics, and currently Co-Publisher of DC Entertainment.

You can enable the skill for free now.

Get Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys: The Big Lie #1 for Free

In advance of the upcoming release of their Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys: The Big Lie Trade Paperback on November 15th, Dynamite Entertainment is offering Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys: The Big Lie #1 for free online at Comixology.com now through November 27th! Written by Anthony Del Col and featuring the stunning artwork of Werther Dell’Edera, the six-issue monthly series launched to rave reviews in March.

Now, for an extremely limited time, Dynamite Entertainment is offering the first issue of Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys: The Big Lie digitally for free on Comixology.com! Issues 2-6 are also available for just $1.99 each!  Fans can receive their free Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys: The Big Lie #1 by visiting:

 

The Big Lie, which brings the iconic teen detectives into the modern age, is a Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys mystery unlike any other you’ve read! When the teenage brothers Frank and Joe Hardy are accused of the murder of their father – a detective in the small resort town of Bayport – they must team up with Nancy Drew to prove their innocence (and find the real guilty party in the process) in a twisting noir tale, complete with double-crosses, deceit, and dames.

Fans can also pick up a digital copy of the trade paperback at 25% off on Comixology today!

Umami, a Brand New Series from Panel Syndicate

Panel Syndicate has launched its newest series by non other than the incomparable Ken Niimura, co-creator of the award-winning comic book “I Kill Giants”!

Who said cooking was only for nourishing?

Uma is a cheerful and determined girl from a remote village, who always has an amazing dish ready to solve any problem… if only she wasn’t such a disaster. 

Ami is the future king’s chef, stickler and extremely proud, whose aim in the kitchen is to achieve the best taste following traditional techniques and recipes. 

Despite their many disagreements, together they are an explosive team and no obstacle stands on their way. But how could anybody imagine that the destiny of the entire kingdom would depend on their culinary skills…? 

Welcome to the great little adventures of Uma and Ami in Umami! This 46-page digital comic book now available at panelsyndicate.com for whatever price you want to pay!

Celebrate Thor: Ragnarok with Three FREE Thor Graphic Novels

Thor: Ragnarok opens in North America today and Amazon is celebrating Thorsday with three free graphic novels featuring Thor from Marvel. No strings at all.

Today, November 2 only, get these three classic Thor adventures FREE on Kindle.

Thor by J. Michael Straczynski Vol. 1 is written by J. Michael Straczynski with art by Olivier Coipel and collects Thor (2007) #1-6. Returned to the pantheon of great Marvel heroes, the Asgardian God of Thunder is reunited with the mortal form of Dr. Don Blake. Together, they must reckon with the legacy of the mythic Norse kingdom and the awakening of its immortal heroes – but in a world that may not want them back!

Thor: God of Thunder Vol. 1 is written by Jason Aaron with art by Esad Ribic collects Thor: God of Thunder #1-5. In the distant past, Thor follows the bloody wake of murdered gods. In the present, the Thunder God discovers a forgotten cave that echoes with the cries of tortured gods! And thousands of years from now, the last god-king of a ruined Asgard makes his final stand against the God Butcher’s beserker legions. As three Thors from three eras race to stop the God Butcher, the full extent of his vicious scheme takes terrifying shape!

Thor Visionaries: Walter Simonson Vol. 3 collects Walt Simonson‘s work from Thor #360-369. It was a time of magic… Few people have ever left their mark on one character quite the way Walter Simonson has. His work on the Mighty Thor swept the Norse God of Thunder to heights never before seen and rarely achieved in his wake. Spanning epic tales of heroism and treachery, love and war, Simonson’s work is often considered the definitive Thor. From the majesty and mystery of fabled Asgard to the gritty streets of New York City, Thor was never the same.

Marvel Unlimited Expands this November

Marvel Unlimited, Marvel’s digital comics subscription service, offers members unlimited 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 classic and newer issues added every week, here are some of the amazing Marvel titles coming to Marvel Unlimited this month:

Week of 11/6

ALL-NEW GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY #1
BLACK BOLT #1
BULLSEYE #4
CHAMPIONS #8
GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY: MISSION BREAKOUT #1
GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY: MOTHER ENTROPY #1
HAWKEYE #6
IRON FIST #3
JEAN GREY #1
MARVEL UNIVERSE AVENGERS: ULTRON REVOLUTION #10
NOVA #6
SECRET EMPIRE #1
SPIDER-GWEN #19
SPIDER-MAN #16
SPIDER-MAN 2099 #23
SPIDER-MAN/DEADPOOL #17
STAR WARS: POE DAMERON #14
STAR WARS: ROGUE ONE ADAPTATION #2
THE UNSTOPPABLE WASP #5
X-MEN: GOLD #3

 

Week of 11/13

ALL-NEW WOLVERINE #20
AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #27
AMAZING SPIDER-MAN: RENEW YOUR VOWS #7
AMERICA #3
AVENGERS #7
BLACK PANTHER AND THE CREW #2
DEADPOOL #30
GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY: MOTHER ENTROPY #2
GWENPOOL, THE UNBELIEVABLE #15
KINGPIN #4
MARVEL UNIVERSE GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY #19
MS. MARVEL #18
OLD MAN LOGAN #23
ROCKET #1
SECRET WARRIORS #1
SILVER SURFER #11
STAR WARS: THE SCREAMING CITADEL #1
UNCANNY AVENGERS #23
WEAPON X #3
X-MEN: BLUE #3
ZOMBIES ASSEMBLE #1

 

Week of 11/20

DAREDEVIL #20
DEADPOOL VS. THE PUNISHER #3
GENERATION X #1
GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY: MOTHER ENTROPY #3
INVINCIBLE IRON MAN #7
LUKE CAGE #1
MIGHTY THOR #19
MONSTERS UNLEASHED #2
NICK FURY #2
ROYALS #3
SECRET EMPIRE #2
STAR WARS #31
STAR WARS: POE DAMERON #15
THE PUNISHER #12
THE UNBEATABLE SQUIRREL GIRL #20
U.S.AVENGERS #6
ULTIMATES 2 #7

 

Week of 11/27

ALL-NEW GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY #2
BEN REILLY: SCARLET SPIDER #2
BLACK PANTHER #14
CAPTAIN AMERICA: STEVE ROGERS #17
DOCTOR STRANGE AND THE SORCERERS SUPREME #8
ELEKTRA #4
GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY: MOTHER ENTROPY #4
I AM GROOT #1
INFAMOUS IRON MAN #8
JEAN GREY #2
MOON GIRL AND DEVIL DINOSAUR #19
MOSAIC #8   FINAL ISSUE!
SECRET WARRIORS #2
STAR-LORD ANNUAL #1
THE MIGHTY CAPTAIN MARVEL #5
THE TOTALLY AWESOME HULK #19
VENOM #150
X-MEN: BLUE #4

 

Not a Marvel Unlimited member? Join today!

Marvel Unlimited members have access to some of the greatest Marvel Comics featuring The Avengers, Spider-Man, Guardians of the Galaxy, Thor, Black Panther, and more! With November’s update, Marvel Unlimited will also be expanding its back catalog with the following series: Peter Parker, The Spectacular Spider-Man (1976), Sensational She-Hulk (1989), Ms. Marvel (1977) and much more!

Demo-Graphics: The Walking Dead

Its been about 10 months since we last looked at The Walking Dead‘s demographics via Facebook’s data. With the eighth season debut, it felt like an appropriate time to see how things have changed for the record setting show, and best selling comic book series.

For this report, we’re looking at fans within the United States that enjoy The Walking Dead in comics, television, books, games, or even the characters. We’ll also compare the latest results to those of last report.

Facebook Population: Over 22 million fans in the US

In the ten months since the last report the fandom population has grown by about 2 million individuals. The previous report saw a decrease of 4 million individuals so things have begun to recover to what they were, though not all the way there yet. Spanish speakers account for 3.3 million fans, 15.%. That’s a decrease of 200,000 Spanish speakers and decrease in the percentage of the population.

Gender and Age

A year ago women accounting for 55% and men 46% (with the result being over 100% due to rounding). Women have made the most gains now accounting for 59.09% with men accounting for 42.47%. Again, that’s over 100% due to rounding. When looking at the breakdown by age, women account for 57.9% and when looking at the data based on their “relationship status” they account for 58.5%. No matter how you cut it, women have seen greater growth over the months.

The graph below which shows age and gender has shifted since last year. Men no longer are a majority at any point where as before they became a majority from age 18 to 33.

Relationship Status

When it comes to their relationships, those listed as “single” saw the second highest gain with 800,000 individuals. Those listing “unspecified” saw the biggest gains with 1.8 million individuals. “In relationship” increased by 500,000, while “married” saw no change. Even with the slight gain in overall population men remained steady with “single,” “engaged,” and “civil union.” Men listing “married” decreased by 200,000. Women saw gains across the board except for “divorced” which saw a decrease of 2,000 individuals.

Education

Big changes when it comes to education. Women are now a majority in at every education level.

Gender Interest

Men and women interested in the same gender both increased as far as total. “Women interested in women” decreased as far as percentage. When it comes to men interested in “men and women,” that decreased both in total and percent though women interested in “men and women” saw gains in both.

Ethnicity

African Americans, Asian Americans, and Hispanics all saw gains compared to the last report, though those gains didn’t keep up with the overall population increase. Interestingly Hispanics listed as bilingual decreased by 600,000 while “English dominant” increased by 830,000 and “Spanish dominant” decreased by 490,000.

And that wraps up this report! We’ll again look at these numbers during the fall break and when this season wraps up!

 

Madefire Announces a Collaboration with Magic Leap

Madefire has announced a new collaboration with Magic Leap, developers of a new computing platform that seamlessly blends the physical and digital world.

Madefire and Magic Leap will build a new Mixed Reality experience that will be available exclusively on Magic Leap at launch, that not only allows creators to take publishing in new and exciting directions, but provides users the ability to publish – from the largest franchises to individual artists and authors.

The Madefire App features an incredibly diverse range of content from the history of comic books and graphic novels, plus its proprietary Motion Books technology from brands such as Blizzard Entertainment, DC Comics, Marvel Comics, and Valiant.

ComicBlitz Celebrates 2 Years With New Publishers, Promotions, and Free Comics

On their 2 Year Anniversary, ComicBlitz, the digital comic book subscription service, is celebrating with the launch of three new publishing partners, and new offers for readers! To ring in the Anniversary of their launch at New York Comic Con, ComicBlitz is offering their current readership and new readers a whole lot.

First and foremost, in the month leading up to this anniversary, ComicBlitz has added several notable publishers to their library, including today’s newest addition, Lion Forge Comics. There are several #1 issues from Lion Forge’s Catalyst Prime imprint now available for free on the service. Other recent additions include Antarctic Press, and Space Goat Productions. With a reliable weekly release schedule, today boasts the unlimited comics subscription platform’s largest release to date, with over 50 new comics being released from publishers such as IDW, Aspen, Devil’s Due, Zenescope, and many more.

For new readers, when you sign up and enter the promo code blitzanny2, you’ll get your first month of the ComicBlitz Unlimited Subscription Plan for only $2 (regular price $7.99). The service will also be offering the first 2 issues of their 2 most popular titles in their 2 year history, Divinity #1 & 2 from Valiant Comics, and The Boys #1 & 2 from Dynamite Entertainment in addition to hundreds of other #1 issues for free.

Marvel and comiXology Announce Black Panther: Long Live the King

Today, Marvel Entertainment and comiXology announced the next exclusive comiXology Originals digital comic series with the debut of Black Panther: Long Live The King, a 6-issue bi-weekly series written by Nnedi Okorafor, winner of the World Fantasy, Hugo, and Nebula Awards, and illustrated by Andre Araujo.

 

Black Panther arrives December 13th for $2.99 on comiXology and Kindle as part of the comiXology Originals line of exclusive digital content and will be available to current subscribers of the popular comiXology Unlimited service. New subscribers to comiXology Unlimited can also enjoy it for free as part of their 30-day free trial. Black Panther joinsThe Immortal Iron Fists and Thor Vs. Hulk: Champions of the Universe, with more exclusive Marvel series to be announced.

A perfect entry point for new fans and longtime readers alike, Black Panther: Long Live The King is an adventure set in the world of Ta-Nehisi Coates’ landmark Black Panther run and told in the Mighty Marvel Manner!  As the Black Panther and an Avenger, T’Challa has had to save the world time and again – but those duties pale in comparison to his responsibilities as king of Wakanda. As the nation rebuilds in the wake of revolution, T’Challa finds his people besieged by a massive monster tearing through the country, leaving a trail of destruction in its wake!

 

Marvel Comes to Madefire

Madefire, a digital comics a platform, announced that, starting today, Marvel Comics is bringing a wide selection of beloved titles to the Madefire app.

Immortalized across the world of entertainment, Marvel’s roster of iconic super heroes and villains, featured in collections likeAmazing Spider-Man: Worldwide Volume 1, Avengers Vs. X-Men, Iron Man: Armor Wars, Civil War, Hulk: Planet Hulk, and Black Widow: S.H.I.E.L.D.’s Most Wanted arrive today on Madefire across a wide range of devices, including iOS, Android and Windows powered hardware.

Featuring a broad selection of new and established classics, Motion Books, video shorts, graphic novels, collected editions, and archived favorites, Madefire’s platform gives Marvel fans a new place to discover digital comics on all their devices.

Marvel Comics appearing on the Madefire platform adds to the 30,000 comics, graphic novels and Motion Books available today. Content is also available from DC Comics, IDW, TNT, 20th Century FOX, Archie, BOOM!, Blizzard, Valiant, Dynamite, Titan, and more.

 

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