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GlobalComix Expands to Help Creators Crowdfund

GlobalComix Crowdfinder

2020 has been an interesting year for the comic community. While there has been impact, it has also forced innovation across the board.

GlobalComix is a digital comics platform that has not only delivered a “shop” for creators but also been trying to do new things. It recently launched a new funding model that benefits creators and today they’ve announced their next release, GlobalComix Crowdfinder.

GlobalComix Crowdfinder is a suite of tools to help creators and empower their crowdfunding campaigns. It not only helps deliver deigital perks and rewards but also a way to find new backers.

The platform features:

  • Increases Discoverability – Allows readers to find comics actively being crowdfunded and have a successful crowdfunding history.
  • Interactive Crowdfunding Previews – Comics can be previewed including tracking clickthroughs.
  • Campaign Backer Rewards – You can deliver digital rewards to backers with gift-codes and promos from single comics to all of a creator’s titles. This can be for a limited time or forever.

With the announcement of this new addition to GlobalComix, we got a chance to talk to its CEO Christopher Carter about GlobalComix, it’s new tools, and where it’s going.

GlobalComix Crowdfinder

Graphic Policy: Before we get to the announcement, let’s take a few steps back. Walk us through the GlobalComix platform and how it’s different from other digital platforms.

Christopher Carter (GlobalComix CEO): Unlike other platforms that serve up traditional comics, GlobalComix is a web first comics platform that natively integrates great mobile reading experiences and that offers up the full power of user acquisition metrics and analytics.

Our focus first and foremost has not been just “how can people sell comics online”, but more specifically “how can we provide the tools that comic owners need to be successful digitally”. This means that everything from the onboarding and upload process through to the reading experience has been carefully crafted and designed to create a delightful experience end-to-end.

GP: How do you see digital comics fitting into the comic landscape?

CC: I don’t think of those two things as separate concepts, really. Digital comics is one venue for readers to consume and enjoy stories. The biggest differences from print are that digital is not geographically challenged or restricted, and that the potential reach is much greater than what can reasonably be provided to the stores that make comics available physically.

In my mind, what digital uniquely offers up is the ability to really broaden one’s perspective and amount of stories that one reads and enjoys. Printed comics will always have a place among collectors and fans, but it is likely not the medium that will reach that broader audience beyond the niche interested.

Digital bridges that gap nicely by combining a lower barrier to entry and ease of access and much lower prices (no supply chain, physical inventory and infrastructure) with a medium in which readers can very easily share recommendations with friends and like minded folks.

GP: Digital comics have been around for quite some time and generally hit a ceiling these last few years with a recent push for them. What’s the feedback that you get from publishers and creators concerning them?

CC: I think the biggest concern folks have is the chicken-and-egg dilemma, in that historically, digital revenue for creators and publishers has been much lower than what they expected, and thus, they don’t put much (if at all) effort into building a proper digital strategy and community around their content. E.g. “why should we bother?”.

But I think that is a flawed way of thinking, because it’s not that there aren’t readers willing to pay to read stories out there, it’s that the strategy for finding and engaging with them is inherently different.

Between lack of sophistication in tooling and marketing/community building efforts, there’s a lot of education that I think the traditional comics market can learn from both other digital mediums, but also from digital native webcomic creators who understand what it means to build a following online.

GP: COVID has sped up the focus on direct to consumer marketing throughout many industries but especially comics. How does GlobalComix help with that?

CC: I think it’s first important to understand what “direct to consumer” actually means, because as mentioned, that has inherently different implications for digital as opposed to physical products. That said, on the digital side of things, GlobalComix was designed from the ground up to be both a suite of tools as well as a community building platform where brands and creators alike could not just publish comics, but also build a following, easily share their stories, and most importantly, accurately measure the impact of their marketing efforts.

Marketing without results data means you are almost constantly shooting in the dark, and that’s why we’re uniquely offering up (anonymized/aggregate) data and analytics information to every single creator and publisher on our platform.

With GlobalComix, it’s fully possible to know exactly how many people read your story from a digital advertisement on FB/Google/Etc, how many people clicked through from your email newsletter, or how many people engaged came from your blog/social/etc posts and shares. Not only that, but we also provide granular in-depth analysis of how readers consume each book, ranging from drop-off rates on a per-page basis to time spent engaging with each page.

GlobalComix Crowdfinder

GP: The big announcement is that you’ve integrated crowdfunding promotion and discovery into the platform. Where did the idea come from?

CC: For us, adding these features was a natural extension of our mission and vision, which is to help comic creators be successful. In the past 5 years, there’s been an ever growing amount of creators who are bootstrapping and financing their work through crowdfunding. What I think has been missing there is the focus on discovery from a reader’s perspective.

Since GlobalComix inherently focuses on giving creators tools to share their comics digitally with readers in a format that makes it easy and joyful to consume, simply embracing that creators might want to use our platform as the basis for their crowdfunding previews just made sense.

Further, by linking our discovery mechanism with filters for comic crowdfunding campaigns, we’re providing readers with a centralized location to discover new and awesome comics that they might want to back.

GP: How does crowdfunding integrate and what platforms does it work with?

CC: It’s fairly straightforward actually – as the admin of comics you have access to the backend configuration for each title. We created an interface where creators can list out their crowdfunding campaigns and some details like start and stop date, funding goals, and a link to their campaign page. The system works with any and all crowdfunding platforms.

With this information entered into our system, we’re able to contextually serve up notices and banners for readers on comic pages, creator pages, and in our reader.

On the campaign side of things, because GlobalComix is a web platform, it is extremely easy for creators to embed links and CTAs on their campaign pages where readers can read their previews directly. And since we also already offer creators tools to create promo & gift codes for access to their work, they can easily integrate this offering into their backer rewards — be it for digital access to the book being crowdfunded, or even more broader access to a creator’s other or older work. It’s up to them!

GP: What type of tools have you added to allow creators to interact with their supporters?

CC: All creators on GlobalComix get their own creator profile page, where supporters can follow them and receive updates whenever the creator publishes new content. And like Twitter/Facebook/etc, creators have the option to post status updates and posts that go into a reader’s home feed on GlobalComix. Followers can also comment on status posts and comic releases, which become publicly visible and are displayed in all the relevant locations you would expect to see.

Beyond the follow/feed/comment functionality, creators can directly communicate with their followers in 1:1 or group private conversations. We even offer up advanced options for creators to turn on discussion forums for each of their comic titles, allowing their fans a sandbox environment to discuss and engage with each other, the creator, and more.

The coolest thing about all of this, though, is that every single tooling we’ve built also has an analytics and metrics component to it. This means that during the community building journey, creators can get actionable insights into how the community is growing, where they’re coming from, and what their fans are doing to engage with them on GlobalComix.

GP: The use of data is still in its infancy in the comic industry, is that something you’re focused on?

CC: Very much so. In fact, some of the things that we really want to help comic creators and publishers answer are “how many people actually read my book”, “where are those people located”, and “how did they find out about our stories”.

But it goes beyond that. On the sales side, the print side of the industry – knowing actual sales numbers beyond what was picked up as inventory (and potentially returned) is virtually non-existent and guesstimates at best.

I truly believe that with a proper digital solution in place for getting numbers and data around these metrics, even direct to consumer marketing for print comics directly stands to benefit. Not only from identifying geo-clusters in the US, but also as market research for localization, international print distribution deals, and other merchandise. But let’s not forget animation deals – those are much easier to secure if one knows that there’s an established, growing and engaged audience out there hungry for more.

Let’s face it – I think that for the comics industry to truly succeed and expand, it needs to increase its sophistication, and business choices need to be based on actual data so that educated decisions that result in a high success rate can be made.

GlobalComix Crowdfinder

GP: Do you see the industry ever get to a full 360-degree view of their customers and readers?

CC: I think that depends on how one defines 360-degree view. Certainly it’s possible to get close to that, however, until some of the legacy parts of the industry and value-chains upgrade their data and reporting, it’s going to be hard to get 100% coverage.

But I think to get there, there needs to be a shift from a pure “if we make it, they will come, hopefully…” approach to one that marries celebration of creativity and innovation in stories with data-driven approaches to marketing, distribution, and supply-chain.

And on the production and sales side, I think that with innovation in printer technology and quality, an on-demand supply-chain might be established that can really live into that approach. Josh Blaylock over at Devil’s Due often talks about this, and I find myself very much agreeing with a lot of the perspectives he has and shares.

GP: What’s the feedback from all of these tools? The industry has been hesitant to embrace technology and data in the years I’ve been talking to individuals and publishers.

CC: I think it ranges from outright excitement and enthusiasm to confusion about “how do I even…”. There are groups of folks that have come into the comics industry, perhaps from other digital media, who are fully aware of the tooling and potential offered up to creators, and there are folks who come at this from the perspective of “I don’t really know digital, but I guess I’m supposed to be here, so I’ll upload our stuff and see”.

In some of the cases, it’s a bit like giving an UZI to a cat in terms of tooling/firepower, and expecting them to know what to do with it effectively. So that’s where we’ve started our approach to education – because I think only if we all collectively acknowledge there’s learning to be had can change happen.

I recommend creators start checking out our education program with editorial content and regular webinars and video tutorials to help catch up and understand.

GP: Any hints as to what might be next?

CC: One of the things I’m always very hesitant about doing is giving explicit timelines and roadmaps for things that are not 100% cemented, however, we’ve got both some reasonable and some lofty goals.

On the platform side of things, you can expect to see a general level of polish and improvement across the board of the tooling that we already offer. I feel like we’ve hit a great broad stroke with GlobalComix, so the next steps are not to just add more, but to button up, polish, and improve/expand what we already offer.

On the reader side of things, that means adding native mobile applications that further improve on the experience and capabilities we offer, and on the creator side of things I think it’s geared around increasing ease of use, education, onboarding, and ecosystem support for all the efforts that creators and publishers do for their fans.

GP: Thanks for chatting and excited to see what’s next.

GlobalComix Announces Gold, a New Unlimited Digital Subscription that Directly Benefits What’s Read

GlobalComix

GlobalComix is still a relatively new digital comics platform but they’re already looking at ways to shake up the space. Today, the platform announced GlobalComix GOLD, its new subscription program that costs $7.99 a month. This isn’t just a normal subscription, instead, its focused on creators and content providers with them receiving direct financial support for their work.

Unique to GlobalComix, the GOLD subscription model is an initiative designed to benefit creators and owners of content because each individual subscription’s revenue is only split amongst content owners the reader has actually consumed.

These creators can now expand beyond the “pay as you go” model where a reader has to make explicit purchase decisions for their consumption, lowering the barrier to entry for readers to get started through creators’ and publishers’ own promotional efforts.

GOLD provides full access to the GlobalComix digital library. With the ability to read their favorite stories, discover new comics, readers are treated to a new landscape of storytelling all for a simple monthly fee. Home to a host of independent comic creators and celebrated small and emerging publishers, the platform has already resonated with fans who are looking for more than just mainstream comic content.

And what a community it is. GlobalComix has curated some of the best storytellers in indie comics along with some of the finest up-and-coming publishers, offering readers an opportunity to dig in to comics from outside mainstream, with unlimited access to a wide variety of genres.

Contributions from indie stalwarts TPub, Wannabe Press, Arcana Comics, and Broken Icon Comics bring a healthy dose of cutting-edge sci-fi, action, horror and comedy titles, while Toadycat Manga and Dream Studios bring romance and manga content into the fold. Most notably, upstart publisher AWA Studios brings titles by celebrated creators such as J. Michael Straczynski, Michael Morici, Benjamin Percy, and Jason Starr.

Empowering the indie comics community is a top priority at GlobalComix, and their recently launched SUPERFAN program is the proof. SUPERFAN is a set of tools that extends beyond traditional paywalling of content, allowing creators to build much closer and engaged relationships with their hardcore fans. Creators receive 92-95% of each donation depending on their subscription tier (either free or paid), and have the tools to reward their supporters with “early access” to their new releases. GlobalComix will be adding additional perks for supporters in the near future where creators and publishers can share exclusive content with their superfan supporters, such as work-in-progress content, sketches, character illustrations, and more.

GlobalComix has plans to launch an additional set of tools in the future to help creators promote their campaigns and drive donations more effectively on other platforms like Patreon and Kickstarter.

RPM, Sherwood Texas, Black Birch, and McBain are Coming Soon to Macroverse.

Macroverse is a digital comics platform app designed to read comics on mobile devices. Comics are formated using “Tapstory” which creates an experience built for that reading experience.

With a flurry of new additions to the platform, there’s even more coming soon and debuting in the coming months. Check out what you can be reading soon.

RPM

(W) Mick Foley, Shane Riches (A) Jose Holder (C) Michael Wiggam
Coming Soon

Revere Windsor, a direct descendant of the legendary Paul Revere, is hired by a mysterious corporation to safely move a priceless package from Boston to Miami. Born with hyper-kinetic depth perception, Revere sees and reacts to the world faster than anyone, making him the best at what he does. Partnered with the corporation’s beautiful liaison, Revere pushes head-on against international criminals and shadowy government agencies.

From the mind of Mick Foley, multiple New York Times #1 bestselling author and 4-time World Heavyweight Champion, this high-octane midnight ride is a fuel-injected package of unflinching speed and unrelenting action.

TapStory and Letters by Steven Perkins and Macroverse Creative. Edited by Keven Gardner.

RPM

Sherwood Texas

(W) Shane Berryhill (A) Daniel Hillyard (C) Charlie Kirchoff
November 19

Re-imagining the legend of Robin Hood as a modern day Spaghetti Western, Sherwood, TX, is set inside the world of biker gangs, drug wars, and human trafficking.

After the same biker gang who murdered his father leaves ROB HOOD for dead, he returns seeking his own brand of justice and revenge. Hood is joined on his quest by Padre Elvin Tuck, Will Scarlet, and Little John, as they take on the crooked Sheriff of Nottingham, Texas and his partners in crime, The Nobles biker gang and their leader John Prince.

Key Art by Andrew Robinson. Edited by Keven Gardner. TapStory and Letters by Steven Perkins and Macroverse Creative.

Sherwood Texas

Black Birch

(W) Eduardo Cintron (A) Juan Doe
December 2020

For generations, the families in the small town of Black Birch have bred children for economic gain. The community thrives until rules are broken and traditions come undone. A bloody sequence of events ensue, giving Hazel Hooke the opportunity to determine their future. After all, it’s a family business.

TapStory and Letters by Adam Martin, Eben Matthews, and Macroverse Creative.

Black Birch

McBain

(W) David Tischman (A) Kody Chamberlain, Brian Stelfreeze
Coming Soon

Country music superstar Trace Adkins is LUKE MCBAIN, a man who returns to his small Southern hometown after 14 years in prison for a crime he did not commit. Luke’s brother, Paul, is running the McBain family business that controls the town. Paul’s made himself rich, but local shops have closed and jobs are gone; people are angry and scared.  And no one can do anything to stop it.  Except Luke, the only one who knows Paul’s secret.  Reunited with his beautiful ex-love, Callie, Luke McBain does what he’s always done–make the hard choices and fight for what’s right.  Even if it means he may go back to prison.  Starring an action hero who won’t stop until the job gets done, Luke McBain pits brother against brother for the soul of an American small town.

Trace Adkins has sold over 10 million albums.  He competed on Celebrity Apprentice.  You’ve seen him in The Lincoln Lawyer.  Now Trace Adkins is Luke McBain– an American hero for our times, in a story of right and wrong in the tradition of Billy Jack and Walking Tall.

TapStory and Letters by Steven Perkins and Macroverse Creative. Edited by Keven Gardner.

McBain

The Boondock Saints Return on Macroverse

It’s the third and final season! Director Troy Duffy has put a “TapStory” spin on the 1999 cult classic film, The Boondock Saints, and fans won’t want to miss it. Yo can catch it on the Macroverse digital comics platform.

Written by Troy Duffy and J.B. Love, The Boondock Saints Season 3: “Mob War” finds the four remaining families making up New York’s La Cosa Nostra are at each other’s throats. And for Noah McManus, now well on his way to becoming ‘Il Duce’, things couldn’t be better. His childhood friend and partner in vengeance, Louie Patronazzi, would control him for his own ends…but how do you control someone who has become more monster than man? Join director and creator Troy Duffy as they bring you Season 3 of ‘The Secret History of Il Duce’! The finale starts here. Art by Guus Floor, colors by Matt Browning, TapStory produced by Eben Matthews and Adam Martin.

A special capsule story, The Boondock Saints: The Lost Gig, featuring fan-favorite Rocco along with the Brothers McManus as they take on a group of drug dealers, right before their famous encounter with Vincenzo. Story by Troy Duffy and J.B. Love, with art by Toby Cypress.

The Boondock Saints “Mob War” and “The Lost Gig” are available now on the Macroverse app!

AfroComicCon is Collaborating with Moonshot Jr. to empower girls in STEAM

Moonshot

AfroComicCon and OTEC have announced a‌ ‌partnership‌ ‌with‌ ‌Moonshot‌ ‌Jr.  for a special program that trains ‌girls‌ ‌and‌ ‌young‌ ‌women‌ ‌of‌ ‌color‌ ‌who‌ are interested in ‌pursuing careers in ‌STEAM‌ ‌(‌Science,‌ ‌Technology,‌ ‌Engineering,‌ ‌Arts,‌ ‌Math‌)‌. ‌As‌ ‌well‌ ‌as‌ ‌entrepreneurship and‌ ‌innovation‌ ‌in‌ ‌Tech,‌ ‌such‌ ‌as‌ ‌Robotics,‌ ‌Artificial‌ ‌Intelligence,‌ ‌App‌ ‌Development,‌ ‌Game‌ ‌Development,‌ ‌and‌ ‌Creative‌ ‌Art‌ ‌fields.‌ ‌

‌The partnership will create an‌ ‌opportunity‌ ‌for‌ ‌6‌ ‌children‌ ‌between‌ ‌the‌ ‌ages‌ ‌of‌ ‌10‌ ‌-‌ ‌17‌ ‌to‌ have‌ ‌access‌ ‌to‌ ‌the‌ ‌Moonshot‌ ‌program‌ ‌for‌ ‌12‌ ‌months.‌ ‌They‌ ‌will‌ ‌have‌ ‌access‌ ‌to‌ ‌the‌ curriculum‌ ‌provided‌ ‌by‌ ‌Moonshot‌ ‌and‌ ‌accountability‌ ‌measures‌ ‌included‌ ‌with‌ AfroComicCon.‌ ‌At‌ ‌the‌ ‌end‌ ‌of‌ ‌their‌ ‌time‌ ‌in‌ ‌the‌ ‌program,‌ ‌there‌ ‌will‌ ‌be‌ ‌a‌ ‌showcase‌ ‌and‌ presentation‌ ‌from‌ ‌each‌ ‌student‌ ‌and‌ ‌the‌ ‌product‌ ‌they‌ ‌created.‌

You can learn more about this amazing program and make a donation to support it through the AfroComicCon website.

John Carpenter Haunts Your Dreams… Again

They Live

Storm King Productions has announced numerous Halloween events to excite every level of horror fan. First off, fans can download the Storm King Productions app which has a monthly contest to die for. Download the Storm King Productions app and enter to win original movie prop sunglasses from They Live, signed by John Carpenter, original movie prop stickers from They Live, They Live limited edition Steelbook Blu-ray, signed by John Carpenter and Sandy King. The contest ends November 1 and winners must be located in the USA. There will be a new contest the first of every month, as well as news, comics, photos, trivia, music, and everything John Carpenter and Sandy King, all in the palm of your hand safe at home and ONLY in their app.

Next up, Storm King has made available a limited number of their NYCC2020 exclusive cover of John Carpenter’s Tales For A  HalloweeNight Vol 6. This is the annual anthology release that is a collection of short stories from the best and the brightest creators out there. John Carpenter writes the first story and Sandy King the last story and you will not believe who’s conjured up the spooky tales in between.

Lastly, the annual Halloween Storm King Comics signing event at West Coast comic haven Golden Apple has evolved for COVID as well. Participate in the Virtual Trick and Meet! Time is running out to reserve your pre-signed copy of the Tim Bradstreet Cover of Tales for a Halloween Night Volume 6 that is a Golden Apple exclusive. The book will be privately pre-signed by John Carpenter – The Master of Horror Sandy King and several book contributors including Cat Staggs, Amanda Deibert, David J Schow, and Duane Swierczynski. Once you pre-order the fun begins because you can win PRIZES and will be invited to an exclusive virtual Q & A panel on October 31st at 1pm PST and an after viewing watch party of the original Halloween.

For an added bonus, something a little spooky and sweet for Carpenter fans of all ages has hit stores with Stanley’s Ghost! Oh no! Who’s been stealing fruit from all the gardens in Arbordale? Was it the prankster Chester Chipmunk? Or maybe Baby Fang? Accusations fly until someone suggests that maybe it was the Ghost of Bunnyburrow Manor! Find out by ordering today.

Marvel Unlimited Expands With Faster Access

Marvel Unlimited

Marvel Unlimited, Marvel’s award-winning digital comics subscription service, today unveiled it is now offering even faster access to your favorite Marvel comics! Starting today, Marvel Unlimited subscribers will have access to a digital library of now over 28,000 comics spanning from the 1960s to the latest Marvel comics – released as soon as three months after they hit shelves in local comic shops everywhere.

With this expansion, new and existing Marvel Unlimited subscribers will now be able to catch up on months of reading at their fingertips with some of Marvel’s most thrilling new titles and story arcs, including the Age of Khonshu in Jason Aaron and Javier Garron’s Avengers; Venom Beyond in Donny Cates’ Venom; Al Ewing and Joe Bennett’s Immortal Hulk; Jonathan Hickman and Leinil Yu’s X-Men; Al Ewing and Marvel Stormbreaker Juann Cabal’s Guardians of the Galaxy; and Marvel’s earth-shattering summer space opera from Al Ewing, Dan Slott, and Valerio Schiti, Empyre – all available starting today, with more stories added each and every week!

A one-stop mobile and web destination for just about every Marvel comic you can get your hands on, Marvel Unlimited’s ever-expanding library is fully curated for every Marvel fan, collecting classic and newer stories spanning over 80 years of Marvel Comics. This on-the-go digital service is accessible through the Marvel Unlimited app on webiPhoneiPad and select Android devices, granting you access to read anytime, anywhere.

Marvel Unlimited is an excellent entry point for both fans brand-new to comics and fans looking to revisit the Marvel Universe. Whether you read a couple of personal favorites or a dozen comics a week, Marvel Unlimited has you covered. Explore endless options and uncover hidden gems in Marvel’s expansive archive, all part of a guided experience that helps you find new stories to experience. New Marvel Unlimited members are eligible for a 7-day free trial of unlimited access for both monthly and annual subscriptions!

From now until the end of the month, new and existing subscribers will also be eligible to earn DOUBLE – up to 6,000 Marvel Insider points – for their subscription! Not a Marvel InsiderSign up today and earn exclusive rewards just by being a Marvel fan. See what rewards are available here.

To find any of the stories you see on Marvel Unlimited and more of Marvel’s greatest comic books in print, please reach out to your local comic book shop to ask about their current business policies to observe social distancing or other services they may offer, including holding or creating pull lists, curbside pick-ups, special deliveries and other options to accommodate. Find and support your local comic book shop.

An Unlimited universe awaits! Join Marvel Unlimited today, and stay tuned for more exciting announcements about future releases, coming your way sooner!

Arcade1Up Launches the Infinity Game Table… with Digital Comics!?

Arcade1Up has launched a Kickstarter for the Infinity Game Table, the latest digital board game table.

Partnering with Hasbro, the digital board game table features over 50 games with more to come to start. You’ll also be able to download more. There’s no monthly subscription or hourly fee.

Games mentioned include Monopoly, Pandemic, Battleship, Trivial Pursuit, Ticket to Ride, Scrabble, and so much more. Having partnered with Hasbro, it’s many of their classics.

Beyond digital tabletop board games, Arcade1Up has also said the game table features thousands of comics, puzzles, and coloring books. It’s also mentioned a focus on partnering with indie creators as well.

Of course the mention of comics has interested us. In the promotional video, you can see a Comics Plus icon front and center indicating this is the initial platform you’ll be able to read digital comics on. It’s unknown if more digital services will come and we have reached out for more details.

The table can be used by 1 to 6 players and features wifi for ease of connection.

The Infinity Game Table has two main models, a 24″ and a 32″ screen. The 24″ version costs $499 at its basic level with the 32″ being $699. The project has crossed its goal of $50,000 and well on its way to $500,000. It ends on November 30 with a projected delivery of April 2021.

Infinity Game Table

Archie Comics Goes Day-and-Date on comiXology Unlimited

Sabrina: Something Wicked #3

Archie Comics is expanding its availability on comiXology, the leading digital comics service. Starting September 23, with the publication of Sabrina: Something Wicked #3, comiXology will release new titles on comiXology Unlimited the same day they are available in print. The new initiative marks the first time a major U.S. publisher has made content available day-and-date with the subscription-based streaming service. ComiXology Unlimited users can now read the full Archie library including the critically acclaimed Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, Afterlife With Archie, Jughead’s Time Police, and tie-ins to the smash hit CW series, Riverdale.

Members of comiXology Unlimited can access over 25,000 comics, graphic novels and manga for $5.99 a month with a 30-day free trial.  Archie fans can now read Archie comics at no additional cost with comiXology Unlimited or with a la carte purchase on comiXology, giving readers maximum flexibility. Today’s announcement is the latest in a series of moves making Archie a trendsetter in the digital comics space. Archie was the first publisher to go day-and-date with digital releases in 2010 and the first to publish animated comics with Spotify, the streaming music service.

DC Universe is Now DC Universe Infinite Focused on Comics Including Originals. Harley Quinn Gets a Third Season as Shows Move to HBO Max

DC Universe Infinite

The rumors of the fate of DC Universe have been swirling with a clear message that something different was coming. What? The answer is here with DC Universe Infinite, a “premium digital comic book service.” It’s set to launch on January 21, 2021.

DC Universe Infinite will be available online at DCUniverseInfinite.com, iOS and Android devices for $7.99 a month or $74.99 a year ($6.25 a month). On February 1, 2021, every DC Universe Infinite subscriber, existing members, or those joining during the pre-order offer window will receive a special thank you voucher redeemable at the DC Shop subject to terms and conditions. Annual subscribers will receive a $25 voucher while monthly subscribers will receive a $10 voucher.

DC Universe Infinite will provide access to more than 24,000 comic books at launch, DC Universe Infinite subscribers will also encounter digital-first comics, member access to DC fan events, as well as a steady stream of recently released comics six months after their physical versions, hit store shelves. Following its initial launch, DC Universe Infinite will begin expanding globally in SUMMER 2021.

The “new” platform is comic focused with new issues debuting quicker than before and new digital first exclusives being created for the digital comic service. It will continue to have members-only events.

DC’s premium digital comic book platform will provide members with an expanded collection of comics and Original Graphic Novels, spanning over 80 years of the DC Multiverse. Fans can also download comics, graphic novels and originals for unlimited offline reading on their favorite smartphone or tablet.

Subscribers will also have earlier access to new Digital First comics that include titles such as Aquaman: Deep Dives, Batman: Gotham Nights, DCeased: Hope at World’s End, Harley Quinn: Black + White + Red, Injustice: Year Zero, Shazam!: Lightning Strikes, Superman: Man of Tomorrow, Swamp Thing: New Roots and Wonder Woman 84, and
many more. Also debuting on DC Universe Infinite will be DC Universe Infinite Originals, including new comic content centered around beloved characters…stay tuned for updates!

The fan-favorite community area will be free to all registered and premium DC subscribers with a full calendar of events planned for 2021. Subscribers will not need to create a new account as their DC Universe login will transfer to DC Universe Infinite.

For those who subscribed to DC Universe for the DC original shows, those will move elsewhere like HBO Max. During today’s announcement, a special offer was announced that allows subscribers to upgrade their service to include HBO Max for an additional $4.99 per month. The offer is available for a limited time and runs now through October 30, 2020.

HBO Max will be the home for premium video content that will include new DC series, key DC classics, and DC Universe originals like Young Justice Seasons 1-4, Titans Seasons 1-3, Doom Patrol Seasons 1-3, and DC’s Stargirl Season 1. Additionally, HBO Max has ordered a third season of Warner Bros. Animation’s critically acclaimed DC Universe adult animated comedy series Harley Quinn, starring Kaley Cuoco, who also served as executive producer during the first two seasons along with Justin Halpern, Patrick Schumacker, Dean Lorey, and Sam Register. Harley Quinn will be a Max Original going forward, and all three seasons of the show will be available.

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