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Asylum Press announces a new distribution partnership with LibraryPass’ ComicsPlus

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Asylum Press has announced a new distribution partnership with LibraryPass for its ComicsPlus platform which curates high-interest, immersive digital comics, graphic novels, and manga for K-12, Public, and Academic libraries. Their relationship kicks off with the new graphic novel title, Farmhouse, a thriller written by playwright Elizabeth J. Musgrave and illustrated by Szymon Kudranski.

Farmhouse is the story of a drifter named Sam Corneile who returns home to take a job at a local mental institution where he discovers a group of patients being exploited under an art therapy regimen. While there, he falls for Helen, a feisty but troubled woman who dares him to confront his past. This psychological thriller examines what lurks deep within the human mind, both sane and insane.

iVerse Shakes Up Digital Comics with ComicsPLUS 8.0

ComicsPlus_Logo_2012As much as 2014 has been about diversity in comics, the second big story is digital comics, and the massive quakes over the year. We had Image going DRM free (followed later by other publishers), comiXology being bought by Amazon, and the emergence of alternate business plans with apps like Farrago. Now iVerse, which had  been a distant second behind comiXology, seems to be doubling down and making their case as to why individuals should give the digital app a second look with ComicsPLUS 8.0.

The updated app features:

  • All-New Design
  • Graphic Novel Rentals w/ OFFLINE READING
  • uView enhanced reading experience
  • Enhanced Search w/ Popular and Saved Search Options
  • Import Digital File support (ePub, PDF, CBR, CBZ)
  • uView creation and editing for imported files
  • In-App Parental Controls

The new app has been built from the ground up, and the addition of being able to add PDFs that aren’t purchased is huge. Their new “rental” program also adds a new revenue stream and business model that should be interesting and allows people to “rent select graphic novels for 24, 48, or 120 hours.  Rented comics  can be viewed offline without the need for an Internet connection.”

The uView feature is interesting in that it allows individuals to edit their own reading experience in a do-it-yourself guided view. My guess is, this is a feature that’ll be generally underused as it takes away reading time.

On top of a shiny new app though is the big news that all of DC Comics’s monthly comics will now be available on iVerse and backlist is coming. DC’s move continues the slow chipping away at comiXology’s dominance through selection alone, though the chances of people completely abandoning their past purchases for a new app are pretty low. While DC’s comics have been available digitally for some time, it was only the comiXology platform that really had them when it came to apps.

That’s a lot of pretty big news on the digital comic front for the end of the year, and wraps up a pretty shaky year as a whole. My gut (and what I hear through the grapevine) says this is only the beginning, and we should expect some bigger news in 2015.

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Valiant Comes to iVerse’s ComicsPlus with Complete Digital Comics Library

VALIANT_logoiVerse Media has announced they have teamed with comic book publisher Valiant Entertainment to bring Valiant’s complete library of modern and classic content – including X-O Manowar, Bloodshot, Archer & Armstrong, Shadowman, Rai, and many more – to iVerse’s ComicsPlus app and affiliated platforms. Effective immediately, iVerse will offer Valiant’s monthly comics titles day-and-date via the ComicsPlus app, and will soon host Valiant’s complete catalog of comics and collections.

To launch their newly announced partnership, iVerse is also now offering each of Valiant’s best-selling #1 issues for free on the ComicsPlus app throughout the month of August. Visit Valiant’s publisher page here for more information.

Valiant is the latest publisher to join the rapidly expanding offerings of the ComicsPlus app from iVerse Media.

ComicsPlus_Logo_2012In addition to the ComicsPlus app and website, Valiant’s titles will be made available to librarians and their patrons everywhere via the ComicsPlus: Library Edition app, which makes thousands of high-quality titles accessible to school and library patrons on any device, anywhere, and at any time.

Valiant titles are available now on the ComicsPlus iOS and Android apps, and via their website comicsplusapp.com.

iVerse Media Shakes Up Comics+

iVerse Media recently announced some shake ups to their Comics+ digital comic application.  Facing the juggernaut that is comiXology, the technology platform is focusing greater on independent creators, libraries and renewed outreach to potential new customers.

Below is the full release:

iVERSE MEDIA ROLLS OUT NEW DIGITAL COMICS INITIATIVES
Rebranded ComicsPlus Platform to Offer Enhanced Features for Content Creators, Publishers, Retailers and Consumers

(June 7, 2012—Waco, TX) – iVerse Media, creators of some of the world’s most popular and widely used technologies for reading digital comics, today announced several new enhancements to their “Comics+” platform. Individually, each of these initiatives provides users with advanced tools with which to read, create, fund, publish and even promote original comics content, as well as maximize the enjoyment of comics and graphic novels from leading brands including Marvel, IDW, Archie, Image, Boom!, Ape Entertainment and others. Promoted together as the more powerful “plus” in a newly rebranded “ComicsPlus,” these advances strengthen iVerse’s position as the pioneer in digital technologies that engage all sectors of comic culture – readers, retailers, publishers and, not the least, creators.

“One of the things the iPad and other mobile tablets do is give us an unprecedented opportunity for innovation in comics,” said iVerse CEO Michael Murphey. “Comics – creator owned comics in particular – have a great opportunity to truly take things to the next level, and we want to help them do just that.”

“There is a lot we can do to “plus up” the digital comics experience, and we want to emphasize that in our branding,” added Tony Hobdy, iVerse Chief Operating Officer. To help promote the amped up ComicsPlus both within and outside of the comics community, iVerse has retained the services of advertising and marketing firm, Bonfire Agency, LLC, specialists in building bridges between brands and what is loosely referred to as “geek culture.”

“One of the first orders of business was to evolve what was the Comics+ brand toward something that represented the stronger, more robust ComicsPlus of today – and tomorrow,” said Steve Rotterdam, Bonfire Partner and Co-Founder.

“The new identity emphasizes that all-important word “plus,” a word that evokes exactly what users want from the platform – more content, more features, more power, more versatility.”

Debuting today, the new look also lends itself to highlighting featured content from participating publishers and creators – and will soon be incorporated into all aspects of the ComicsPlus platform, as well as across brand partnerships and merchandising.

Bonfire is also working with iVerse leadership in developing strategic marketing initiatives, targeted advertising, promotions and alliances.

Among the enhanced features introduced by iVerse through ComicsPlus are tools designed to furnish the creative community with greater resources for the publishing and promotion of original content. Facebook and Twitter sharing capabilities are also prominent in the enhanced platform.

“Full details will be announced soon, but one thing that’s true about comics is that sometimes the story of how the comic was created can be just as interesting as the comic itself, and we want to help creators tell that story, and help accelerate the growth of creator owned comics,” said Steve May, iVerse Director of Business Development.

Extra content will be key to the new ComicsPlus. “Fans want to go behind the scenes of the comics and graphic novels they love to read,” said Murphey. “They want to get into the minds of the creators. We’re working with publishers to make that happen.”

Another area of emphasis will be in working with the American Library Association in reaching out to libraries across North America with more effective models to boost distribution of digital content and leverage the appeal of comics – particularly manga – to drive and sustain increased usage within the communities they serve.

These initiatives follow the recently announced ComicsPlus: Library Edition, a special version of iVerse’s ComicsPlus app accessible through library web portals. The app runs on iOS, Android and any device that can run HTML5, including laptop and desktop computers. Depending on the device used, patrons are able to download comics or stream them over the Internet.