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DC Takes Its Monthly Catalog Online with DC Connect

DC continues to extend its digital presence with DC Connect, the new catalog of what’s coming from DC publishing each month! This downloadable, digital-only catalog features solicitation information for DC’s comic books, original graphic novels, collected editions, and collectibles—and that’s just the start! 

In the coming months DC Connect will update and evolve in order to maximize the advantages of its digital format. Future issues will include expanded content, featuring talent interviews, preview pages from upcoming stories, behind-the-scenes looks at projects in development, multimedia content, and more! The catalog will also have a new look and layout compared to its predecessor, DC Previews, making it more engaging and easier to get the latest intel on current and future DC comic book projects.

Here’s a look at the debut cover to DC Connect, featuring stunning artwork by Jason Fabok and Brad Anderson for the highly anticipated miniseries Batman: Three Jokers, launching Tuesday, August 25.

The Marvel Digital Comics Shop is Closing on June 2

Marvel logo

Marvel has sent out a rather surprising (or maybe not) email letting customers know that the Marvel Digital Comics Shop is closing. While Marvel and DC are expanding their digital offerings, it’s a little strange that this is happening. The public has been increasing their online digital media purchases during this time of pandemic, so to close a purchasing option seems odd.

After June 2nd, you’ll need to to purchase Marvel digital comics and read existing Marvel digital comics through the Marvel Comics app and comiXology.

There’s a good posibility that most purchases are just happening between the Marvel comics app and comiXology so there’s no need for a web based digital store.

Below is more information via the email.

To purchase Marvel digital comics after June 2nd:

To read your existing Marvel digital comics library after June 2nd:

  • View your past purchases in “My Books” when you log into your account on the Marvel Comics app, and/or
  • Sync your current Marvel Digital Comics Shop account with a comiXology account to continue to read your books on a web browser

Please note:

  • You can continue to redeem digital comic codes at Marvel.com/redeem and view your comics in the Marvel Comics app.
  • Only purchases made through the Marvel Comics app will be eligible to earn Marvel Insider points.

DC Universe Launches a New Rewards Program

DC Universe Rewars

The ultimate destination for DC fans, DC Universe, unveiled a new program today, DC Universe Rewards. Running from May 5 through the fall, the program is designed to reward fans for doing what they already love – diving deep into their fandom. Giving all fans – not just service subscribers – the opportunity to participate in select options, the DC Universe Rewards program features can’t-miss items and exclusive releases, all at no cost.

An authentic celebration of fandom, DC Universe Rewards will enable users to earn special tokens for ongoing engagement and participation on DC Universe, including the free-to-all Community section, editorial features and “DC Daily.” These tokens are redeemable for an amazing set of rewards, from a 30-day premium subscription to DC Universe to ultra-exclusive collectibles such as a special, limited edition Harley Quinn Super-Villains pin set.  DC Universe Rewards will offer new earn opportunities and rewards each week.

Fans can earn tokens and “level up” simply by doing what they already love. Whether it’s subscribers finishing a DC digital comic, watching an entire DC movie or TV episode, or even non-subscribers and subscribers alike interacting with other fans on the DC Universe community boards, there are various opportunities for fans to accumulate tokens that can be redeemed for rewards.

All participants need to do is register for free on DC Universe and select a customized avatar. Then they can start earning tokens redeemable for rewards by navigating to the rewards program in the MyDC section of DC Universe or clicking/tapping on REWARDS in the menu.

Below are prizes currently available with more continuously rolling out throughout the program:

  • DC Universe 30-day Premium Subscription
  • DCU Exclusive HARLEY QUINN Super-Villains Pin Set
  • DC Universe Exclusive Harley Quinn Show Statue
  • DC Artists Alley Batgirl (White & Gold) by Sho Murase Designer Vinyl
  • Digital Movie Redemption via Movies Anywhere
  • DC Universe Exclusive Limited Edition TITANS Poster
  • DC Universe Exclusive Limited Edition DOOM PATROL Poster
  • DC Universe Meta Madhouse Lex Luthor Masterminds T-shirt
  • DC Universe Meta Madhouse Darkseid Invaders T-shirt
  • DC Universe Meta Madhouse The Cheetah Beasts T-shirt
  • DC Universe Exclusive Batcave Wallpapers
  • DC Universe Exclusive Fortress of Solitude Wallpapers
  • Shop DC $5 Off Purchase
  • Shop DC $10 Off Purchase
  • Shop DC $25 Off Purchase

Plus, DC Universe Exclusive rewards tied to the upcoming debut of Stargirl, Doom Patrol Season Two and much more – coming soon!

GalaxyCon Launches Virtual Celebrity and Fan Experiences

GalaxyCon

GalaxyCon is launching a new business for virtual events online called GalaxyCon Live this weekend. This new venture creates an original approach for connecting celebrities and fans that represents a first for the comic con industry.

Here’s what people can expect from GalaxyCon Live:

  • Live Streaming Interviews with Celebrities
  • One-on-Group Video Chats with a Fan and a Group of Celebrities
  • One-on-One Video Chats with a Fan and One Celebrity
  • Personalized Autographs 
  • Personalized Video Recordings 

These virtual meet and greets make it possible for fans to engage with celebrities on a level that isn’t possible in person. During a comic con, fans have never had a chance to chat for two minutes with two or more celebrities at one time in a private setting. GalaxyCon Live will make this interaction possible, starting with their first virtual meet and greet on May 2nd, 2020.

GalaxyCon Live will carry on the tradition of creating experiences for all genres of nerdy fandoms including comics, anime, animation, cosplay, science fiction, wrestling, fantasy, and gaming.

Some of the first events to include private chats with celebrities include the following:

  • May 2, 2020 at 2pm EST: My Hero Academia’s Three Best Girls Monica Rial, Colleen Clinkenbeard, and Luci Christian
  • May 3, 2020 at 2pm EST: The Loser’s Club from the film IT: Jack Grazer, Jackson Scott, and Jeremy Ray Taylor
  • May 9, 2020 at 2pm EST: Jack Skellington and Oogie Boogie from The Nightmare Before Christmas: Chris Sarandon and Ken Page. 
  • May 16, 2020 at 2pm EST: The stars of The Karate Kid: Ralph Macchio, William Zabka, and Martin Kove. 
  • May 24, 2020 at 2pm EST: The voices of RWBY: Kara Eberle, Lindsay Jones, Barbara Dunkelman, and Arryn Zech. 
  • May 30, 2020 at 2pm EST: Tim Curry, star of The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Clue, Legend, Muppet Treasure Island, IT, and Annie.

Explore the New Era of X-Men with the Dawn of X Digital Sale – 67% Off Every Issue

Last year, superstar writer Jonathan Hickman transformed the world of mutants in the critically acclaimed series, House of  X and Powers of X. These two series ushered in an exciting new era for the X-Men known as the Dawn of X, launching six brand new titles. Now is your chance to catch up on all those titles and more with the Jonathan Hickman’s Dawn of X SaleHouse of XPowers of X, and every single X-Men issue that’s followed is up to 67% off now through April 12th 11PM ET on Marvel’s Digital Comics Shop!

Credited as the “Head of X,” Jonathan Hickman leads fellow writers into the bold new future of the X-Men as the new mutant nation of Krakoa is formed. Each series plays a role in forming a tightly woven overarching narrative unlike anything that’s come before. Hickman’s X-Men combines large-scale adventures with dense world building where any of your favorite mutants can show up. Gerry Duggan’s Marauders takes the X-Men to the high seas where Kate Pryde leads a team with the important mission of rescuing mutants from unfriendly territories. Discover the secrets of mutant magic with former X-Men villain Apocalypse and the new Captain Britain in Tini Howard’s Excalibur. Or see mutantkind’s new black ops squad form to handle Krakoa’s enemies in Benjamin Percy’s X-Force. And check out the unpredictable exploits of the mutantkind’s next generation in Jonathan Hickman and Ed Brisson’s New Mutants.

And that’s not all! Two of Marvel’s most popular mutants get newly launched solo series in Wolverine and Cable. Plus, meet the craziest team of misfit mutants ever assembled in the debut issue of Zeb Wells’ Hellions or see the X-Men go up against Marvel’s premiere super hero team over the fate of Franklin Richards in X-Men/Fantastic Four by Chip Zdarsky. Be sure to also check out Jonathan Hickman teaming up with the industry’s best artists like Russell Dauterman and Alan Davis for epic one-shots in Giant-Size X-Men: Jean Grey and Emma Frost and Giant-Size X-Men: Nightcrawler.

Dawn of X Sale

*Offer expires 4/12 at 11:00 PM EDT. Marvel account and internet connection required to access digital comics.


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Marvel’s Digital Comics Offers Up to 67% Off the Avengers and Fantastic Four’s Most Iconic Stories

Now is the perfect time for Marvel fans to discover some of the greatest Avengers and Fantastic Four stories ever told with the Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest and the Fantastic Four: Massive World’s Greatest UP TO 67% OFF SALES! Don’t miss your chance to revisit classics and catch up on modern runs of Marvel’s premiere super hero teams! And if you need some suggestions, we have you covered:

Looking to start at the very beginning? See Iron Man, the Incredible Hulk, Ant-Man, the Wasp, and the Mighty Thor come together as the Avengers for the first time in Avengers Masterworks Vol. 1 and witness the birth of Marvel’s age of heroes in Fantastic Four Masterworks Vol. 1. These triumphs of the Silver Age feature the first appearances of some of Marvel’s most iconic villains and the return of Captain America, drawn by legends Jack Kirby and Don Heck and written by Stan Lee.

Before he changed the world of the X-Men, Jonathan Hickman left his unmistakable mark on both the Avengers and the Fantastic Four. Want to see what your favorite heroes are currently up to? Witness the all-new era of the Avengers! Check out the grand return of Marvel’s first family of heroes! From timeless classics to modern epics, there’s hundreds of Avengers and Fantastic Four stories waiting for you to enjoy.

You can purchase yours through the Marvel App or through comiXology.

*Offer expires 4/16/20 at 11:00 PM EDT.


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Check Out Today’s New Digital Comic Releases on comiXology

X-Men by Jonathan Hickman Vol. 1

It’s new comic book day and there’s lots of new digital comics to check out! See what you can find on comiXology right now!

AAM Markosia

Action Lab

Albatross Funnybooks

Antarctic Press

Archie Comics

comiXology Submit

comiXology Originals

Dark Horse Comics

DC Comics

DC Thomson

Dynamite

Humanoids

IDW Publishing

Keenspot

Marvel

Oni Press

Papercutz

Scholastic Graphix

SelfMadeHero

Storm King Productions

Th3rd World Studios

Titan Comics

Top Shelf

Zenescope


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Marvel Unlimited Expands This April

Marvel Unlimited, Marvel’s digital comics subscription service, offers members unlimited access to over 27,000 issues of Marvel’s classic and newer titles, delivered digitally through your desktop web browser and the award-winning Marvel Unlimited mobile app.

And, now you can follow Marvel Unlimited on Twitter and Facebook! Stay tuned in to weekly announcements, updates, articles, and more, all at @MarvelUnlimited. Follow us today to join the conversation with thousands of fellow fans and comic readers, and let us know what you’re reading and what you’d like to see added to the library!

This month, the Dawn of X rises, as a lineup of Marvel superstars pack all of mutantkind across the island nation of Krakoa. X-MEN (2019) and MARAUDERS (2019) mark the first series that expand on the world built in HOUSE OF X/POWERS OF X, with more to follow in May.

In addition to new monthly comics, Marvel Unlimited will also be offering iconic comic book stories, including complete events and critically acclaimed story arcs, for FREE! As announced last week, now-classic Marvel Comics featuring the Avengers, Spider-Man, Black Widow, Captain America, Captain Marvel and more, will be available for one month on the service until Monday, May 4!

To access Marvel Unlimited’s free comics offering, download or update the Marvel Unlimited app for iOS or Android at the respective Apple and Google Play app stores, and click “Free Comics” on the landing screen. No payment information or trial subscriptions will be required for the selection of free comics. To see the full list of free titles available this month, please visit marvel.com.

With classic and newer issues added every week, here are some of the other binge-worthy Marvel titles hitting MU in April.

Week of April 6

Ghost Rider #1

ABSOLUTE CARNAGE: IMMORTAL HULK #1
BIZARRE ADVENTURES #1
BLACK CAT #5
CHAMPIONS #10 SERIES COMPLETE!
DAREDEVIL #12
DOCTOR STRANGE #20 SERIES COMPLETE!
FANTASTIC FOUR #15
FUTURE FOUNDATION #3
GHOST RIDER #1 MAJOR DEBUT!
HOUSE OF X #6 SERIES COMPLETE!
IMMORTAL HULK #24
MARVEL ACTION SPIDER-MAN #11
MARVEL COMICS #1001
OLD MAN QUILL #10
RUNAWAYS #25
SPIDER-VERSE #1
STAR WARS #72
STAR WARS: DOCTOR APHRA #37
SWORD MASTER #4
THANOS: THE INFINITY ENDING
THE PUNISHER #16 SERIES COMPLETE!

Week of April 13

Doctor Doom #1

ABSOLUTE CARNAGE: MILES MORALES #3 SERIES COMPLETE!
AMAZING FANTASY #15 FACSIMILE EDITION
AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #31 ABSOLUTE CARNAGE TIE-IN!
DOCTOR DOOM #1
FUTURE FIGHT FIRSTS: WHITE FOX #1
GWENPOOL STRIKES BACK #3
IMMORTAL HULK DIRECTOR’S CUT #5
INVADERS #10
JOURNEY TO STAR WARS: THE RISE OF SKYWALKER – ALLEGIANCE #1
LOKI #4
MAGNIFICENT MS. MARVEL #8
MILES MORALES: SPIDER-MAN #11
POWERS OF X #6 SERIES COMPLETE!
STAR WARS: JEDI FALLEN ORDER – DARK TEMPLE #3
STAR WARS: TARGET VADER #4
THE UNBEATABLE SQUIRREL GIRL #49
THE WEB OF BLACK WIDOW #2

Week of April 20

X-Men #1

ABSOLUTE CARNAGE #4
ABSOLUTE CARNAGE VS. DEADPOOL #3 SERIES COMPLETE!
ABSOLUTE CARNAGE: AVENGERS #1
ABSOLUTE CARNAGE: SCREAM #3 SERIES COMPLETE!
AERO #4
BLACK PANTHER AND THE AGENTS OF WAKANDA #2
CAPTAIN AMERICA #15
CAPTAIN MARVEL #11
CRAZY #1
GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY #10
HISTORY OF THE MARVEL UNIVERSE #4
JOURNEY TO STAR WARS: THE RISE OF SKYWALKER – ALLEGIANCE #2
MARVEL ACTION CAPTAIN MARVEL #3
SPIDER-MAN #2
X-MEN #1 MAJOR DEBUT!

Week of April 27

Marauders #1

ABSOLUTE CARNAGE: LETHAL PROTECTORS #3 SERIES COMPLETE!
AGENTS OF ATLAS #3
AMAZING MARY JANE #1
AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #32
AMAZING SPIDER-MAN: FULL CIRCLE #1
AVENGERS #25
FEARLESS #4 SERIES COMPLETE!
FUTURE FIGHT FIRSTS: LUNA SNOW #1
GHOST-SPIDER #3
IMMORTAL HULK #25
IMMORTAL HULK DIRECTOR’S CUT #6 SERIES COMPLETE!
INCREDIBLE HULK #1 FACSIMILE EDITION
JOURNEY TO STAR WARS: THE RISE OF SKYWALKER – ALLEGIANCE #3
KING THOR #2
MARAUDERS #1 MAJOR DEBUT!
MARVEL ACTION AVENGERS #10
MARVEL’S SPIDER-MAN: VELOCITY #3
PUNISHER KILL KREW #4
STAR WARS #73
STRIKEFORCE #2
TONY STARK: IRON MAN #17
VALKYRIE: JANE FOSTER #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, X-Men, Thor, Hulk and more! With April’s update, Marvel Unlimited will also be expanding its back catalog with the following issues: PETER PARKER, THE SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN (1976) #32-41, SILVER SURFER (1987) #76-85, and much more! All of April’s back catalog comics will be hitting the library on Thursdays, so check back weekly to binge the throwback picks.

Inky Pen: The Comic App for Nintendo Switch

Inky Pen

Inky Pen is an app that you can download for free* on your Nintendo Switch, which is fantastic if you’re a comics fan who has a Nintendo Switch and doesn’t have an alternate option to read comics digitally readily available. I’m not typically a big digital comics reader, but I recently won a free month’s trial of the app courtesy of Inky Pen and Valiant Comics. A lot of the images you’ll see will be Valiant books because those are the books I’m most excited to read, not because I was asked to only highlight Valiant books (neither Ink Pen nor Valiant knew I was writing this when I started).

After downloading the free* app, I was prompted to sign up an account and enter a payment method for a monthly subscription to get access to all the comics that aren’t available without said subscription, which will run you $8US/$10CAD a month. I’ve only recently purchased a Switch, and so it was with some surprise that I discovered the app is now almost a year and a half old. But, seeing as how I only purchased my Nintendo Switch three or so months ago and have never really had the desire to read comics on it, I’m not surprised that I had never heard of Inky Pen.

But now that I’ve spent a week or so playing around with the app, and reading more comics and collections than I expected I would, I definitely have more pros than cons with the app.

So far the only real downsides for me is that there’s no Marvel or DC on the app (to expand on this, it’s really only X-Men that I’m missing) and that I can’t sort by publisher on the Nintendo Switch whereas I can on their website. Or at least I can’t figure out how to sort by the publisher, which is almost as bad as not being able to (look, I accept a certain amount of user error goes along with these things, but searching or filtering by a specific publisher shouldn’t be hard to figure out). Other than these, there’s nothing about the app that I don’t like.

Inky Pen is really easy to use. More so than some of the touch-screen tablet/phone apps that you can get in terms of its interface. Searching is pretty simple, and gives you a couple of different options to sear and sort your results. There’s the obvious name search, as well as the ability to filter by name, published date and date added (each search allows you to flip the results so you can search A to Z or Z to A). You can refine the search by searching manga, graphic novels, indie and strips, then specifying the genre if you’d like.

Perhaps the biggest selling point for Inky Pen is the way it works with the Nintendo Switch itself. You can set it up to read like a tablet with touch screen controls and/or the console’s buttons. Alternatively you can also read comics by hooking the console up to your TV by using the controller – which also works when you have the Switch propped up on your desk so you can read while you’re (not) at work. For those with young kids, parental controls are easy to set and maintain.

If you’re not sure what a comic is about, there’s a quick preview of each series to pique your interest.

Is Inky Pen worth buying a Switch for? Hell no. But is it a nice bonus to have when you’re travelling and have your Switch with you? Absolutely. For $10 a month, this is honestly good value for what you’re getting. If you’re looking for an easy way to read comics on a device that’s got three different ways of reading them. For the most part, I’ve been reading in tablet form, but absolutely love the abilitly to scroll through the pages with the thumbstick.

Will this convert me from print to digital? Nope. I’m too much of a collector to ever leave print books. But what it does do is allow me to read the modern and 90’s Valiant comics I already own/am slowly tracking down in a very convenient manner that doesn’t involve digging through my (newly organized) boxes to read books that I really don’t want to be handling if I can at all help it. Now granted, there’s only a dozen or so in that category, but the point remains that Inky Pen has been utterly fantastic in that regard.

One question that is bound to come up is how does Inky Pen stack up to comixology Unlimited? I don’t know. I don’t tend to read digital comics that aren’t review pdfs so I don’t really have any basis for comparison here, but after spending fifteen minutes going through Comixology looking for similar comics on my phone, I feel that the selection there is significantly higher selection on comixology Unlimited verses Inky Pen. However, while my phone is more likely to be on me at any given time, I find myself favouring the Switch over my phone for reading the comics. If you have comixology Unlimited already… well I don’t know if this is offering anything special beyond the way you can read the comics.

But if you don’t, and if you do have a Nintendo Switch and want to delve into some digital comics, then I highly recommend this app.

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