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Collect Your Favorite Valiant Entertainment Characters…All From Your iOS Device

Valiant has announced the debut of the all-new Valiant channel on Quidd, the world’s first platform for collecting and trading emojis, stickers and cards. Now, for the first time anywhere, discover, collect and trade the heroes behind the largest independent superhero universe in comics with limited edition chase sets and packs on any iOS device!

As the newest addition to Quidd‘s platform, Valiant joins some of entertainment’s most beloved and geeky franchises – including Star Trek, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Ghostbusters, Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Firefly, Bob’s Burgers, and many more – for a one-of-a-kind collecting experience that no fan will want to miss!

The app features cutting-edge artwork from some of comics’ greatest talents alongside biographies and power rankings for hundreds of Valiant’s most beloved heroes and feared villains, there has never been a better way to explore the Valiant Universe than with Quidd‘s digital collecting platform! From worldwide superstars like X-O Manowar, Bloodshot, Faith, and Ninjak to up-and-coming powerhouses like Divinity, Cronus, Animalia, and Lord Vine-99, immerse yourself in the most acclaimed publisher anywhere in comics today as Quidd gives you multiple new ways to connect with characters and fellow fans from around the world:

  • Multiple base sets with new, free packs added each and every week
  • Incentive chase sets spotlighting Valiant’s most wanted heroes and events – strictly limited and available for limited periods only
  • Live trading and messaging with thousands of users worldwide
  • Exclusive discounts, trivia and first-look content, available on Quidd’s Valiant feed

Download the Quidd app today and favorite the Valiant channel to discover the many worlds of the Valiant Universe – and discover the critically acclaimed, best-selling superheroes that have captured imaginations the world over from a whole new vantage point!

Road to Gen Con 2016: Boss Monster in Virtual Reality at Premieres

Brotherwise Games announced the convention premier of the Virtual Reality (VR) version of their hit tabletop card game, Boss Monster, at this year’s Gen Con, Aug. 4-7 in Indianapolis. Convention goers will be able to experience the tabletop game in virtual reality.

Brotherwise partnered with VR pioneer AltspaceVR to bring Boss Monster to the virtual table. AltspaceVR made waves in the gaming community in 2015 with their VR Dungeon & Dragons sessions, but Boss Monster VR represents the first virtual reality version of a tabletop game with complex pieces, cards, and interactions.

The tabletop game market has been experiencing double-digit growth for several years, and the population of gamers continues to grow. VR offers a new frontier for game developers, and AltspaceVR allows multiple people to be together in virtual space, which is ideal for tabletop games.

Brotherwise and AltspaceVR will demonstrate Boss Monster VR at booth #2343 during Gen Con.

The game is already available online. You can sign up, sign in, and play now. Boss Monster can be played in AltspaceVR in full VR mode using Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, or Samsung Gear VR. Players without VR devices can play Boss Monster in desktop mode on their PC or Mac, using an audio headset with a microphone.

Boss Monster in Virtual Reality

Demo-Graphics: The Comparisons

This week I’ve been releasing demographic breakdowns of various comic related populations on Facebook. You can see what’s already posted for Marvel, DC and Indie/Small Press general Comic Fans and Facebook itself.

But here’s a nice handy post showing off those various groups compared to each other in some handy graphs.

Gender

When it comes to women, Indie/Small Press comics outperforms the general comic population and is close to matching Facebook as a whole. The largest gap between men and women is Marvel who lags far behind.

Stats Gender 7.19.16African Americans

When it comes to percentage, comics generally outperform Facebook as a whole with the general comic fandom having the highest percentage of African Americans and Marvel being second. DC lags far behind, so they have work to do.

Stats African Americans 7.19.16Asian Americans

General Comic Fans, Marvel outperform Facebook as far as Asian Americans as a percent of the population. Marvel is the leader with about 50% more than Facebook. DC Comics is about event. Interestingly Indie/Small Press lags a bit behind.

Stats Asian Americans 7.19.16Hispanics

Across the board comics has more Hispanics as part of their population compared to Facebook as a whole. Almost all outperform by about 50% and every segment is about even with the general Comic Fandom being the best.

Stats Hispanics 7.19.16Generation

Millennials appear to be more into comics than they are Facebook when it comes to percentage. This is across the board by a wide margin with Millennials flocking to DC Comics the most.

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comiXology Unlimited Expands with New Titles

comixology unlimitedIn may, the comics world was shaken up with the announcement of comiXology Unlimited, a new service with allowed unlimited curated reading for $5.99 a month. Its been a month since that announcement and comiXology has announced the next round of new comics being added to the service.

In addition to the titles available at launch, selections from the following great series are debuting on comiXology Unlimited this coming Monday, June 27th:

Afterlife With Archie #1-3 by Roberto Aquirre-Sacasa and Francesco Francavilla (Archie Comics)
Aliens: More than Human #1-4 by John Arcudi and Zach Howard (Dark Horse Comics)
All New Soulfire #1-2 by J.T. Krul, V. Ken Marion and Kyle Ritter (Aspen Comics)
Amy Devlin Mystery Vol. 1: Past Lies by Christian Weir, Nunzio DeFilippis, and Christopher Mitten (Oni Press)
Archer & Armstrong: Wrath of The Eternal Warrior #5-9, Vol. 2 by Fred Van Lente and Emanuela Lupacchino (Valiant Entertainment)
Bee and Puppycat #1-4, Vol. 1 by Natasha Allegri and Garrett Jackson (BOOM! Studios)
Chaos: Digital Exclusive Edition #1-6 by Tim Seeley and Jim Terry (Dynamite Entertainment)
District 14: Season 2 Vol 1 and 2 by Pierre Gabus and Romauld Reutimann (Humanoids)
El Niño: The Guayas Delta Vol. 2 by Christian Perrissin and Boro Pavlovic (Humanoids)
God Hates Astronauts #1-5 by Ryan Browne (Image Comics)
Grimm Fairy Tales: Ascension #2-5, Vol. 1 by Patrick Shand and Butch Mapa (Zenescope Entertainment)
Grimm Fairy Tales: Inferno #2-5, Vol. 1 by Ralph Tedesco and and Gabriel Rearte (Zenescope Entertainment)
Gronk: A Monster’s Story Vol. 1 by Katie Cook (Action Lab)
Harbinger: Renegades #5-10, Vol. 2 by Joshua Dysart, Phil Briones and Matthew Clark (Valiant Entertainment)
Invincible #9-13, Vol. 3: Perfect Strangers by Robert Kirkman and Cory Walker (Image Comics)
Krazy & Ignatz: 1925-1926 & 1939-1940 by George Herrimann (Fantagraphics Books)
Legends of Red Sonja #1-5 by Gail Simone, Kelly Sue DeConnick, Nancy Collins, Devin Grayson, Marjorie Liu, Leah Moore, and Jim Calafiore, Tula Lotay, Carla Speed McNeil, Phil Noto (Dynamite Entertainment)
Mage: The Hero Discovered #1-8, Vol. 1 and 2 by Matt Wagner (Image Comics)
The Mice Templar #1-7, Vol. 1 by Bryan J. L. Glass, and Michael Avon Oeming (Image Comics)
Mind the Gap #1-5 by Jim McCann, Rodin Esquejo, Sonia Oback (Image Comics)
The Sixth Gun: Sons of the Gun #1-5 by Cullen Bun and Brian Hurtt (Oni Press)
Steve Ditko Archives Vol. 2: Unexplored Worlds by Steve Ditko (Fantagraphics Books)
The Technopriests Vol. 1 and 2 by Aexandro Jodorowsky and Zoran Janjetov (Humanoids)
Vampirella Archives Vol. 1 by Frank Frazetta and various (Dynamite Entertainment)
The Zombies That Ate the World: In the Name of Love Vol. 2 by Jerry Frissen and Guy Davis (Humanoids)
Zombie Tramp vs. Vampblade #1-3 by Jason Martin and Dan Mendoza (Action Lab Entertainment)

The following titles from Magnetic Press will also debut on June 27th on comiXology Unlimited:

The Adventures of Basil & Moebius #1-4 by Ryan Schifrin, Larry Hama, Adam Archer, Lizzy John, and others. (Magnetic Press)
Daomu: Complete Edition by Xu “Kennedy” Lei and Ken Chuo (Magnetic Press)
Meka #1 by JD Morvan and Bengal (Magnetic Press)
Naja #1-2 by JD Morvan and Bengal (Magnetic Press)
Luminae #1-2 by Bengal (Magnetic Press)
Poet Anderson #1 by Tom DeLonge, Ben Kull, and Djet (Magnetic Press)
Super-Ego #1-4 by Caio Oliveira and Lucas Marangon (Magnetic Press)
Zaya #1-3 by JD Morvan and Huang-Jia Wei (Magnetic Press)

ComicBlitz Expands to the Web

ipad-browseThe battle for “all you can read” comics has heated up as ComicBlitz has announced the digital platform will be expanding to a web app from its iOS roots on June 21st.

Having launched in October 2015, the “Netflix like” digital comic service had just been available to iOS users leaving Android and Windows users waiting for their turn. Now, that wait is over. The company has expanded its reach “with the launch of a universally compatible web app that operates on all devices — PC’s, laptops, tablets, and smartphones on any OS (Android, Windows, Mac, and iOS).”

ComicBlitz costs $9.99 a month with the first 30 days free. The service offers comics from publishers such as Valiant, Dynamite, Action Lab, Aspen, Darby Pop, and more.

Though the iOS app currently remains the sole native app for ComicBlitz, the company is planning to unveil an Android app in the near future.

Two key features of the app is that it “streams” comic books rather than having to download each comic, providing faster, easier reading without burdening device memory. Also content does not “rotate”, which means once the content arrives on ComicBlitz, it remains on the platform indefinitely so the user does not have to rush to complete a series. This differentiates itself from comiXology Unlimited which will have a rotating choice of comics.

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Syrinscape and Green Ronin Partner to Bring World’s Greatest Superhero Roleplaying Game to Life

MUTANTS AND MASTERMINDS Freedom CitySyrinscape and Green Ronin Publishing have announced the companies have partnered to develop custom Mutants & Masterminds SoundSets for the Syrinscape Sci-Fi app.

The first two Mutants & Masterminds SoundSets have launched, Freedom City 2525 and Space Flight, with monthly releases thereafter, each featuring a new location and encounter from the popular roleplaying game, and are playable on PCs, Macs, Android phones and tablets, iPads, and iPhones.

MUTANTS AND MASTERMINDS Space FLightWith the whoosh of passing hover cards, the whine of passing emergency vehicle sires, the beeps and buzzes of droids and so much more, the Freedom City 2525 SoundSet from Syrinscape brings everything needed for players to immerse themselves in this high-tech utopian metropolis.

The Space Flight SoundSet features everything needed for epic superhero space battles, including laser guns, freeze rays, humming electro force fields, whooshes and whizzes and a soundtrack befitting the best pulp movie.

Mutants & Masterminds SoundSets join the ever-growing Syrinscape Sci-Fi library of fantastic sounds for any sci-fi tabletop adventure, and are available from Syrinscape ($3.99/ea), or as part of the Syrinscape Sci-Fi ongoing subscription for $6.50/month.

Evan Dorkin, Sarah Dyer, and Erin Humiston’s Calla Cthulhu is now available on Stela: Comics For Your Phone

calla_cthulhu_coverAfter months of anticipation, Stela: Comics For Your Phone has announced that Calla Cthulhu—the Lovecraftian-inspired adventure by Evan Dorkin, Sarah Dyer, and Erin Humiston—is now available on the Stela app.

Being a teenager isn’t easy. Even more so when you’re Calla, a girl who carries the bloodline of the Great Old Ones in her veins. Instead of normal teen activities, Calla spends her time battling supernatural threats like her Uncle, the King in Yellow. She must resist his call to embrace her own chaotic heritage as well as prevent him from awakening the terrible deity asleep and dreaming in the corpse city of R’lyeh—the Dread Dead One!

Dyer said in the announcement release that while learning to work with the vertical scroll was a challenge, it offers benefits to as storytellers such as controlling pacing, preventing accident peeks ahead, and refining how they reveal things through the movement of the panels on the device.

Perfect for fans of H.P. Lovecraft lore, and the action and adventure of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Calla Cthulhu presents an incredible feat of storytelling from Dorkin, Dyer, and Humiston, presented in Stela’s distinctive vertical scrolling format.

A six chapter series, Stela will release a new Calla Cthulhu installment every Thursday until the end of June.

comiXology Launches comiXology Unlimited, a Digital Subscription Service

comixology unlimitedAfter much speculation and rumors, comiXology has announced they’re entering the world of digital comics as a subscription with comiXology Unlimited. The service provides users a 30-day free trial, and will cost $5.99 and is a “Netflix for comic books.” They enter a market which already has a few other options including ComicBlitz and Scribd, though neither features the potential selection comiXology brings. The service does not include comics from Marvel or DC Comics. Marvel has their own service Marvel Unlimited.

The service focuses on comics from everyone BUT the big two and like Netflix, comiXology Unlimited will eventually cycle titles in its catalog, though starts with thousands of issues from dozens of different series.

ComiXology Unlimited has a focus to help (new) readers find new titles including recommendation tools such as search filters, home page curation, introductions to various publishers, and even editorial guides.

ComiXology Unlimtied exists within the site which allows individuals to still purchase comics and then filter to what’s available through the service.

We’ll have further updates as more information becomes available.

Below is the list of some of the books available in the launch:

Adventure Time by Ryan North, Braden Lamb, Shelli Paroline and various (BOOM! Studios)
Aliens by Mark Verheiden, Sam Kieth, Peter Milligan and various (Dark Horse Comics)
Archie by Mark Waid and Fiona Staples (Archie Comics)
Attack on Titan by Hajime Isayama (Kodansha Comics)
Atomic Robo by Brian Clevinger and Scott Wegener (Tesladyne)
Bitch Planet by Kelly Sue DeConnick and Valentine De Landro (Image Comics)
Bloodshot by Duane Swierczynski, Manuel Garcia and Arturo Lozzi (Valiant Entertainment)
The Boys by Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson (Dynamite Entertainment)
Buffy the Vampire Slayer by Joss Whedon and various (Dark Horse Comics)
Chew by John Layman and Rob Guillory (Image Comics)
The Complete Peanuts by Charles Schulz (Fantagraphics Books)
Conan the Barbarian by Brian Wood and Becky Cloonan (Dark Horse Comics)
Fairy Tail by Hiro Mashima (Kodansha Comics)
Fatale by Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips (Image Comics)
Ghostbusters by Erik Burnham, Dan Schoening, and various (IDW Publishing)
G.I. Joe by Chuck Dixon, Robert Atkins and various (IDW Publishing)
Grimm Fairy Tales by Ralph Tedesco, Joe Tyler and various (Zenescope Entertainment)
Godzilla by Duane Swierczynski, Arthur Adams, Simon Gane and various (IDW Publishing)
Hellboy by Mike Mignola (Dark Horse Comics)
Hip Hop Family Tree by Ed Piskor (Fantagraphics Books)
The Incal by Alexandro Jodorowsky and Moebius (Humanoids)
Lazarus by Greg Rucka and Michael Lark (Image Comics)
Letter 44 by Charles Soule and Alberto Alburquerque (Oni Press)
Lone Wolf and Cub by Kazuo Koike and Goseki Kojima (Dark Horse Comics)
Love and Rockets by Jaime and Gilbert Hernandez (Fantagraphics Books)
Locke & Key by Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez (IDW Publishing)
Lumberjanes by Shannon Watters, Grace Ellis, Noelle Stevenson and Brooke Allen (BOOM! Studios)
My Little Pony by Katie Cook and Andy Price (IDW Publishing)
Outcast by Robert Kirkman and Paul Azaceta (Image Comics)
Pretty Deadly by Kelly Sue DeConnick and Emma Rios (Image Comics)
Princeless by Jeremy Whitley and various (Action Lab Entertainment)
Red Sonja by by Gail Simone, Jenny Frison, and Walter Geovanni (Dynamite Entertainment)
Saga by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples (Image Comics)
Serenity by Joss Whedon, Brett Matthews and Will Conrad (Dark Horse Comics)
Scott Pilgrim by Bryan Lee O’Malley (Oni Press)
Sex Criminals by Matt Fraction and Chip Zdarsky (Image Comics)
Spawn by Todd McFarlane (Image Comics)
Star Trek by Mike Johnson, Stephen Molnar, Joe Corroney and various (IDW Publishing)
Poorcraft: The Funnybook Fundamentals of Living Well on Less by C. Spike Trotman and (Iron Circus Comics)
Transformers by John Barber, Andrew Griffith, Marcelo Matere and various (IDW Publishing)
The Umbrella Academy by Gerard Way and Gabriel Bá (Dark Horse Comics)
Usagi Yojimbo by Stan Sakai (Dark Horse Comics)
The Walking Dead by Robert Kirkman, Tony Moore and Charlie Adlard (Image Comics)
The Wicked + The Divine by Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie (Image Comics)
Wonderland by Raven Gregory and Sheldon Goh (Zenescope Entertainment)
Wuvable Oaf by Ed Luce (Fantagraphics)
X-O Manowar by Robert Venditti and Cary Nord (Valiant Entertainment)
…and many more.

Visionbooks Expands Digital Foreign Language Comics

visionbooksVisionbooks has widen its collaboration with several comic publishers such as Valiant Entertainment, Aspen Comics, Top Cow Productions and Arcana Comics among others, and will be presenting additional titles in a static format and multiple languages such as Spanish, Portuguese, French and Japanese.
Archer & Armstrong, Harbinger, Shadowman, Jirni, Lola XOXO, Cyberforce, IX Generation and Howard Lovecraft are just few of the series that will be released on the Visionbooks platform.

The expansion is due to feedback and requests as well as the company’s focus on widening their offerings. While their animation technology will remain at the core of their offering, but this is growth to their library.

Visionbooks transforms two-dimensional comic books into a 3D digital animation experience. By combining traditional comics with technology, Visionbooks creates a reading experience with special effects enhancements you would normally expect from blockbuster movies.

Valiant Renews with comiXology and Expands to Amazon

4001_001_COVER-A_CRAINIt was announced today that Valiant Entertainment is the latest comic publisher to renew their deal with comiXology and expand distribution to the Amazon Kindle Store. Valiant Entertainment publishes such fan-favorite titles as A&A: The Adventures of Archer & Armstrong, Bloodshot Reborn, Divinity, Faith, Harbinger, Ninjak, Rai, X-O Manowar, and more.

Today’s announcement coincides with the announcement that 4001 A.D. #1 (of 4)  has sold out and receiving a second printing that returns to shelves June 29th.

The publisher also held their 2016 Summit where seven new series were announced. The company has consistently focused on easy entry for new readers and new series such as a Faith ongoing, Generation Zero, Britannia, Savage, Bloodshot USA, and Divinty III are focused on not just being that, but also diverse in storytelling and characters.

 

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