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Unlock over 10,000 Comics at GlobalComix

GlobalComix

GlobalComix is one of the fastest growing platforms for digitally reading comics, graphic novels and manga and the platform has announced their end of year sale. On the heels of their newly launched annual subscription, they are offering the ability to give the gift of unlimited access to their full digital library at a massive markdown to encourage new readers to see what the independent comics world has to offer. Beginning December 21st, 2021 at 12:01 AM EST and running through January 3rd, 2021 at 2:59 AM EST, a yearly subscription to GlobalComix Gold will be available to purchase as either a gift card or standard purchase at the low price of $49.99 — 40% off the regular price of $89.99. The discounted subscription is now available on the GlobalComix Gold page

As graphic novels, comics, and manga are capturing more readers than ever before through the digital space, the demand for more stories has skyrocketed. GlobalComix is meeting this demand with a growing library of 10k+ books from the industry’s biggest up and coming talent, paired with a discovery engine that’s designed to bring readers their next favorite series. Borrowing from the binge model of streaming services, GlobalComix elevates the best work coming from the smaller independent studios and creators, but has created an ecosystem in which the artists both retain their rights and monthly payments are split only between the creators whose stories a subscriber reads. The company keeps just a fraction of subscription fees and donations.

Gift recipients and regular subscribers have the ability to read iconic titles, ranging from Mœbius (with stories now being adapted for the big screen by Academy Award-winning director Taika Waititi (Jojo Rabbit, Thor: Ragnarok)), to the entire library of pioneers of sci-fi-horror-fantasy known worldwide as Heavy Metal Magazine.

Readers will be pleased to also find premium contemporary content from the ex-Marvel leadership at contemporary upstart AWA Studios, which are led by names like J. Michael Straczynski of Babylon 5, Michael Morici, Benjamin Percy, and Jason Starr. Reads will also find up and coming storytellers like UK-based BHP Comics with its critical darling Killtopia currently being adapted into a full animated series by Studio Voltaku. Heavily present are the leaders of crowdfunding revolution currently happening in comics, with Netflix’s Adam Lawson and his Failed Superheroes imprint to USA Today Best Selling multi-talent Russell Nohelty.

ComiXology’s Amazon Transition Gets Delayed to 2022

ComiXology Logo

In September, comiXology announced some big changes coming to the digital comic platform. Not only would there be an upgraded and updated comiXology app, but the comiXology website would be folded into Amazon‘s delivering a different comic buying experience more integrated with the Amazon shopping platform. Instead of a separate storefront, comiXology would now just be Amazon’s Kindle comic offering reworked and updated.

While no date of transition was given at the time, we know that it was to take place this November with a delay announced for insiders.

Now, the delay will be even further heading into 2022. Comixology Co-founder and CEO and GM Digital Comics for Amazon David Steinberger sent a new update saying their holding the launch until next year based on community feedback.

In September, I sent an email outlining some exciting changes coming to comiXology this fall. Well, it’s nearly winter, so it’s time for me to provide an update on progress. While we remain really excited about unveiling the updates, we wanted to take just a little extra time to incorporate feedback we received from our community. With this goal in mind, we decided to hold launch until early next year.

In the meantime, you can continue to use the existing app and comiXology site as usual. We’ve also been continuing to improve the Amazon comics store, with better search results and many other improvements. Closer to the launch date, we will provide more details to make sure you are prepared for the new app and Amazon shopping experience.

If you’re interested, check out this week’s new releases.

If you have questions I didn’t cover in this email, visit our FAQ or join our conversation on Twitter.

Thanks for sharing the love of comics and manga!

So, are you excited with comiXology being better integrated with Amazon? Do you see it helping or hurting comic sales? Sound off in the comments below!

GlobalComix announces The Talent Marketplace

GlobalComix has announced their new Talent Marketplace, an all-new platform designed to give comics creators access to a network of talent—from writers, artists, colorists, letterers, and more! This new program was created to empower everyone from individual creators to team leads and studios, allowing them to find collaborators to fulfill all their creative comics endeavors. 

GlobalComix’s Talent Marketplace provides enhanced tools, resources, and access to smart-match creators with workshops, gigs, vacancies and projects. As users build their selections, the space evolves too, becoming a go-to destination for finding freelance comic creator work or team members for new or existing projects.

To assist them on their endeavor, GlobalComix has partnered with Creative Contract Consulting (C3), a boutique legal practice specializing in comic book contracts and IP licensing to provide free legal consultation for creators using the Talent Marketplace. C3 is founded and run by Gamal Hennessy, ESQ, a trusted leader both in legal representation and publishing, bringing with him the gravity of two decades of experience in the comics industry. 

INKR Expands with the Release of Today’s Hottest Manga from Kodansha

INKR

 INKR has announced the global release of over 50 series that contains over 300 volumes of content from Kodansha USA, including the latest chapters from hit titles such as “Attack on Titan,” “School Rumble,” and “That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime.” Additionally, subscribers are also able to take advantage of extra savings when purchasing their favorite Kodansha manga chapters via coins (rules and restrictions apply). Content is available on web browsers, iOS devices, and Android devices.

INKR will release brand new volumes for purchase from the following Kodansha series in the month of October:

  • Attack on Titan (Volumes 1-34)
  • The Seven Deadly Sins (Volumes 1-41)
  • The Quintessential Quintuplets (Volumes 1-14)
  • FAIRY TAIL (Volumes 1-63)
  • That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime (Volumes 1-17)
  • And 45+ other Kodansha series 

INKR currently works with over 70 leading comic publishers and creators including Image Comics, Kodansha, Kuaikan, Mr. Blue and TokyoPop. Using INKR proprietary technology, readers have access to over 10,000+ chapters on a variety of devices. More importantly, these partnerships have enabled INKR to provide its readers with the most cost-effective and legal option to reading their favorite titles whenever, wherever.

Earlier this year, INKR secured a $3.1M investment led by Monk’s Hill Ventures in pursuit of transforming the manga industry and improving how manga and comics are localized, distributed, and consumed worldwide.

INKR is now available on web browsers, Google Play Store, and Apple App Store. Subscription plans start at $4.99 USD and coin bundles for direct, individual purchases start at $1.99 USD.

ComiXology Titles Are Now Available on the Kindle App

As comiXology and Amazon become further entwined and merged, the digital comic platform announced today that there’s a new way to read comics purchased on comiXology!

A new feature has been released that comiXology users now have the option to view and read their purchased comiXology books on both the comiXology and Kindle apps. Users can switch back and forth at any time!

The news comes a few weeks after comiXology co-founder and CEO David Steinberger announced the company would be going through a major update including a new shop for digital comics, graphic novels, and manga directly from Amazon.

Check out comiXology’s video about this new feature.

Court Rules Against Apple in Fortnite Lawsuit. Will In-App Purchases Return to comiXology?

Fortnite

In a decision that is sure to be appealed, a U.S. District Court judge ruled in favor of Epic Games in its lawsuit against Apple. The lawsuit was over Apple’s requirement that they get 30% of the revenue from purchases made within apps on their site. The fight began over Epic’s game Fortnite, a massive revenue generator.

In 2020, Apple removed Fortnite from the iOS store after Epic offered a discount on V-Bucks purchased outside of the App store. The move was in response to Apple collected 30% of profits made from purchases on Apple devices. Epic filed a lawsuit against Apple in August 2020 as well as an awareness campaign #FreeFortnite.

Here’s the key part of Judge Yvonne Gonzalez-Rogers’ decision:

The Court, having considered the evidence presented at the bench trial in this matter and consistent with its findings of fact and conclusions of law, HEREBY ORDERS as follows:

1. Apple Inc. and its officers, agents, servants, employees, and any person in active concert or participation with them (“Apple”), are hereby permanently restrained and enjoined from prohibiting developers from (i) including in their apps and their metadata buttons, external links, or other calls to action that direct customers to purchasing mechanisms, in addition to In-App Purchasing and (ii) communicating with customers through points of contact obtained voluntarily from customers through account registration within the app.

The Judge felt that while it isn’t an issue of monopoly, Apple’s requirement is anticompetitive.

In 2022, Apple can no longer require purchaes in games or apps on Apple devices to go through Apples’ App Store. That opens up developers to have their own marketplaces. The injuction takes place December 9 unless a higher court intervenes. Epic also filed a similar lawsuit against Google in July 2021 which will be interesting to see how that plays out.

In recent days Apple had already loosen restrictions when it came to purchases due to a class-action lawsuit as well as an antitrust investigation in Japan.

Why is this relevant to comiXology and comic fans?

In 2014, comiXology announced they were changing their purchasing process where digital comics would have to be bought through the comiXology website. It was speculated that Apple’s cut of the purchases was the reason for the change.

Now, will we see a shift by comiXology back to easier purchasing on Apple devices after this latest decision? There’s some key signs to watch for that might be in the works but with the court decision still having a chance for appeal, don’t expect changes any time soon.

Marvel Unlimited Gets a Boost with New Exclusive Comics and Upgrades

Marvel Unlimited

Marvel has revealed after days of teasing that Marvel Unlimited is getting some updates, a new look, as well as new exclusive comics.

Taking a queue from popular webcomics like Webtoons, Marvel has launched “Infinity Comics“. The new comics are designed for phones and tablets and are exclusive to Marvel Unlimited. New issues will drop every week and features creators like Jonathan Hickman and Skottie Young. Hickman is writing X-Men Unlimited with Young taking on Giant-Size Little Marvels.

This a big focus of Marvel’s with the launch of 27 comics available today and a plan for 100 by the end of the year. While other publishers have partnered with popular platforms, Marvel seems to be taking a different path and keeping things “in house”.

“Infinity Comics” will also be in-universe which opens up a world of possibilites. Will key events happen in these comics? The move echoes Marvel Studios’ move of integrating their big screen theatrical releases with their Disney+ show releases forcing die-hard fans to subscribe and keep up with everything.

Beyond new comics, there’s also updates to the platform.

  • Unlimited Downloads – you can now download as many comics as you’d like for off-line reading. The previous limit was 12 issues. You can also now save an entire series with just one tap instead of issue by issue
  • Follow Characters, Series, and Creators – It’s now easier to follow what you enjoy
  • Loyalty Program – this is now integrated into the app making it easier to earn points by doing tasks liek starting and finishing comics

Marvel Unlimited currently features over 29,000 comics for $9.99 a month or $69 a year. For $99 you get a year subscription and a membership kit and other perks.

ComiXology Rolls Out Changes and Updates this Fall

It’s been a long time coming, but comiXology has announced some changes and updates coming to the app and store this Fall. The digital comics platform was purchased by Amazon in 2014 and it was only a matter of time before greater integration between Amazon’s platform and comiXology. Some of that has happened already with a single sign on and the ability to purchase comics on Kindle and read them on comiXology but there’s been some other upgrades missing.

In an email to comiXology users today, co-founder and CEO of comiXology David Steinberger announced new updates coming soon to the app and platform.

Here are some of the changes users can expect:

  • Upgraded comiXology app will feature flexible filtering and sorting, and some fun book navigation features.
  • A revamped digital comics shopping experience on Amazon where you’ll be able to browse, buy, and borrow books to read on either the comiXology or Kindle app. You can visit the new shopping experience today as we continue to bring new features online. ComiXology.com will redirect to this new experience when they launch.
  • Faster, more reliable downloads on Android and iOS devices. Plus read-while-downloading is new for Android customers.
  • Kindle Unlimited and Prime members will be able to borrow from a large library of graphic novels and manga on the comiXology app, in select countries. 
  • ComiXology purchases will be readable on Kindle apps and devices. Soon, you’ll also be able to read purchases from comiXology on the Kindle app, giving more flexibility to decide where and how you read your books.

The biggest notable change is the old comiXology website going away and redirecting to Amazon’s website. The interface is quite different and it’ll be interesting to see what type of curation it’ll bring as the comiXology website does a solid job of highlighting different series and reading experiences. There’s sure to be speculation and doomsayers focusing in on this major change, and it’s a big one. But, Amazon still potentially brings strength to the comic industry through comiXology with the best data set to leverage and “find” new readers. Whether this is the future we’ll see remains to be seen but, these steps indicate a tighter integration that has been years in the making.

Scout Comics’ Wave Two Comic Tags Are Now Available!

The second wave of Scout Comics Comic Tags have been revealed and are now available. The second wave includes Grit, Metalshark Bro: Volume One, Once Our Land: Volume One, Solar Flare: Season Two, Heavenly Blues, The Shepherd: Volume One, Smoketown, and Infernoct.

Scout has hinted more publishers are coming on board in the future.

Comic Tags is a way to both distribute and collect digital comic books that addresses some of the biggest problems that comic publishers and comic collectors face. Comic Tags are a hybrid of comic books and trading cards.

These limited edition collectible cards each have a unique scratch off code to download a PDF copy of the graphic novel featured on the card. They’re attached to hangable backers that open, close, and look like a mini-comic book. These backers have interiors that are pulled right from the comic, giving you a glimpse at what you’re getting and a fun art piece to hang on to along with the collectible card.

Comic Tags have a price point lower than buying typical print and digital trade paperbacks. Most graphic novels are priced between $14.99 and $29.99 each.

Like the first wave release, the second wave of Comic Tags are launching at a retail price of only $6.99 each. For collectors, it’s a fraction of the trade paperback price. For publishers, it’s a whole new product line and profitable way to sell their digital books.

DC Launches the First Batman Augmented Reality App

Batman: Knightwatch

 DC today announced the release of the ultimate Batman mobile experience for kids ages 6-12, the DC: Batman Bat-Tech Edition app, a one-of-a-kind free mobile app available today on the App Store and Google Play stores in 13 different languages around the world. Immersing kids in narrative-driven, technology-inspired activities, the new app lets kids join Batman’s crime-fighting team, the Knightwatch and experience the world of Batman, learning how to use his Bat-Tech to fight crime and help defend Gotham City from his evil adversaries.The DC: Batman Bat-Tech Edition app is COPPA compliant and free to download and play. 

Developed in conjunction with Warner Bros. Consumer Products, the new DC: Batman Bat-Tech Edition app features first-of-its-kind augmented reality (AR) technology to engage kids and immerse them in the world of the iconic DC Super Hero who uses crime-fighting tech to help him foil the evil deeds of The Joker, Mr. Freeze, The Riddler and other DC Super-Villains. In addition to learning about Batman’s technology through the app’s AR storytelling features, kids can play mini games, transform photos with AR face filters and stickers, read exclusive digital comics, watch Batman Bat-Tech themed video content and gain access to the Batcomputer, the super-computer where Batman’s tech secrets are stored.  

At launch, the DC: Batman Bat-Tech Edition app features:

  • Augmented reality (AR) missions: Through the new app’s AR features, kids become a member of Batman’s new Knightwatch team and immerse themselves in original Batman crime-fighting missions. The amazing AR provides a realistic 3D experience that draws upon engineering and design concepts to make Batman’s Bat-Tech come to life.
  • Mini games:  Users can play a Batman-themed mobile driving game where players test their skills at driving the Batmobile; Batarang Practice where players face off against the clock and find out how many targets they can knock down; and the Grapnel Launcher game where players must run and jump while utilizing Batman’s abilities to overcome obstacles. 
  • AR face filters: Kids can transform into Batman, The Joker, Batgirl and more of Gotham City’s most iconic characters using these fun filters and can save photos and share them with friends and family.
  • Sticker packs: Users can decorate photos with a variety of Batman-themed stickers, turning an ordinary shot into a cool Batman story.
  • Batman Bat-Tech video content: The app connects to the extremely popular DCKids’ YouTube channel.  A new series, entitled “Batman Science Lab” will launch this fall exploring the real-world applications of Batman’s technology. 
  • New missions, games, filters, sticker packs, and video content will be added and updated on a regular basis to keep the app experience fresh and fun for kids.

Additionally, launching exclusively on the DC: Batman Bat-Tech Edition app is a digital comic series, Batman – Knightwatch, where kids can explore how the Knightwatch program was created and follow along with Batman and his Super Hero team as they take on Gotham’s City’s Super-Villains following a massive breakout at Arkham Asylum. Additional digital comics will be added to the app on a regular basis.

Fans can download the DC: Batman Bat-Tech Edition today and help Batman save Gotham City.  Available for free on the App Store and the Google Play store, the app is playable on both tablets and smart phones. The app is available globally and is localized in 13 different languages.

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