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Preview: Valiant High #3

Valiant High #3

Written by: Daniel Kibblesmith
Art by: Derek Charm
Cover by: David Baron and David Lafuente

Mysteries revealed! Who is the enigmatic “Eternal Sophomore” and what’s his connection with the creepy janitor? And why does Armstrong not seem to like the Sophomore? Colin King and Pete Stanchek are on the case! But more trouble is brewing outside of social circles in Valiant High – an evil, long since forgotten, is about to rear its ugly head – and it’s up to the students of Valiant High to stop it!

Taking place outside of Valiant’s standard continuity, Valiant High is packed with never-before-seen incarnations of the greatest icons from the largest independent superhero universe in comics – including Archer & Armstrong, the Death-Defying Dr. Mirage, the Eternal Warrior, Toyo Harada, Kris Hathaway, Peter Stanchek, Quantum and Woody, and many more. You’ve never seen the heroes of the Valiant Universe quite like this before!

Part of the comiXology Originals line of exclusive digital content only available on comiXology and Kindle. This title will be available as part of comiXology Unlimited at launch.

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ComiXology Unlimited’s April Comings and Goings

ComiXology has announced the latest addition and subtractions from their comiXology Unlimited platform. The service allows unlimited reading from a curated set of titles for just $5.99 a month. The service also provides a 30 day free trial for individuals.

Check below for the full list of what’s coming and going in April 2017.

ADDITIONS: 

A Promise To Repay by Amanda Browning and Rika Ohno (Harlequin)

A Very Stylish Affair by Emma Darcy and Kanae Hazuki (Harlequin)

Angel & Faith: Season Ten Vol. 1 and #1-#5 by Victor Gischler and Will Conrad  (Dark Horse Comics)

The Atomics #1-#3 by Mike Allred (Image Comics)

Attack on Titan Vol. 2 by Hajime Isayama (Kodansha Comics)

The Baby Proposal by Rebecca Winters and Kaoru Kasuga (Harlequin)

Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 9 Vol. 1-2 and #1-#10 by Joss Whedon, Andrew Chambliss, Georges Jeanty and Karl Moline  (Dark Horse Comics)

Coming Home by Penny Jordan and Harumo Sanazaki (Harlequin)

COPPELION Vol. 2 by Penny Jordan and Harumo Sanazaki (Kodansha Comics)

The Desert Prince’s Proposal by Nicola Marsh and Ryo Takumi (Harlequin)

The Fix #1-#2 by Nick Spencer and Steve Lieber (Image Comics)

Garth Ennis’ Complete Battlefields Vol. 1-2 by Garth Ennis, Russ Braun, Carlos Ezquerra, Hector Ezquerra and Peter Snejbjerg (Dynamite)

Generation Zero #1 by Fred Van Lente and Francis Portela (Valiant Entertainment)

Heavenly Angels by Carole Mortimer and Mirai Takadono (Harlequin)

Hellboy Vol. 8 and #1-#6 by Mike Mignola and Duncan Fegredo  (Dark Horse Comics)

Kiss Me Kate by Helen R Myers and Utako Suda (Harlequin)

The Last Grand Passion by Emma Darcy, Rui Ayase and Kiriko Higashizato (Harlequin)

Lone Wolf and Cub Vol. 5-7 by Kazuo Koike  (Dark Horse Comics)

The Mice Templar: Destiny #0-#9 by Bryan J. L. Glass and Michael Avon Oeming (Image Comics)

Mind MGMT #7-#9 by Matt Kindt  (Dark Horse Comics)

Oasis Of The Heart by Jessica Hart and Mihoko Hirose

The Outrageous Dowager by Sarah Westleigh and Sumiko Sonehara (Harlequin)

Path of the Assassin Vol. 1-4 by Kazuo Koike and Goseki Kojima (Dark Horse Comics)

The Secret Millionaire by Patricia Thayer and Harumo Sanazaki (Harlequin)

Spawn Origins Collection Vol. 3 by Todd McFarlane (Image Comics)

The Shadow: Year One #1-#5 by Matt Wagner, Howard Chaykin, Alex Ross, Chris Samnee and Wilfredo Torres (Dynamite)

The Sicilian’s Innocent Mistress by Carole Mortimer and Nasuno Amano (Harlequin)

Star Trek (2011-2016) Vol. 4 by Mike Johnson and Stephen Molnar

Stranger Passing By by Lilian Peake and Hiromi Hibino (Harlequin)

To Tame A Wild Heart by Emma Darcy and Yuko Takada (Harlequin)

Two Sexy! by Stephanie Bond and Masako Ogimaru (Harlequin)

Unmasking The Maverick Prince by Kristi Gold and Eve Takigawa (Harlequin)

Usagi Yojimbo Saga Vol. 1-2 by Stan Sakai  (Dark Horse Comics)

Vampirella: Southern Gothic collection and #1-#5 by Nate Crosby and Jose Luis (Dynamite)

Winning The Single Mom’s Heart by Linda Goodnight and Makoto Onishi (Harlequin)

X-O Manowar (1992-1996) #1/2, 5-#68, Database #1 and Yearbook by Jim Shooter, Mark Waid, Bob Layton, Steve Ditko and various  (Valiant Entertainment)

X-O Manowar (1996-1998) #1-#21 by Brian Augustyn, Mark Waid, Dwayne McDuffie, Sean Chen, Scot Eaton and various  (Valiant Entertainment)

X-O Manowar Classic Omnibus Vol. 1 by Steve Englehart, Bob Layton

Jim Shooter, Joe Quesada, Barry Windsor-Smith and various  (Valiant Entertainment)

Xena: Warrior Princess #1-#4 by John Layman and Fabiano Neves (Dynamite)

 

IMAGE 25th ANNIVERSARY ADDITIONS AVAILABLE MONDAY, APRIL 3rd

The Fade Out Vol. 1-3 and #1-#12 by Ed Brubaker, Sean Phillips and Elizabeth Breitweiser (Image Comics)

Rising Stars Vol. 1-3 and #0-#24 by J. Michael Straczynski, Ken Lashley, Christian Zanier, Keu Cha and Various (Image Comics)

Rising Stars: Bright #1-#3 by Fiona Avery and Dan Jurgens (Image Comics)

Rising Stars: Compendium Part 1-2 by J. Michael Straczynski, Ken Lashley, Christian Zanier, Keu Cha and Various (Image Comics)

Rising Stars: Prelude by J. Michael Straczynski, David Finch and Keu Cha (Image Comics)

Rising Stars: Untouchable #1-#5 by Fiona Avery and Brad Anderson (Image Comics)

Rising Stars: Voices of the Dead #1-#6 by Fiona Avery, Staz Johnson and Karl Moline (Image Comics)

Wolf  Vol. 1-2 and #1-#9 by Ales Kot, Lee Loughridge and Matt Taylor (Image Comics)

 

REMOVALS:

Angel #4-#6 by Christopher Golden, Eric Powell and Christian Zanier (Dark Horse Comics)

Angel: Long Night’s Journey #1-#4 by Brett Matthews, Joss Whedon and Mel Rubi (Dark Horse Comics)

Angel: Surrogates #1-#3 by Christopher Golden and Christian Zanier (Dark Horse Comics)

Blind Date by Emma Darcy and Mihoko Hirose (Harlequin)

The Boss, The Baby And The Bride by Day Leclaire and Emi Hohsyo (Harlequin)

Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season 10 Vol. 1 and #1-#10 (Dark Horse Comics)

Ciudad collections and #1-5 by Ande Parks, Anthony Russo, Joe Russo and Fernando León González (Oni Press)

Dragon Bay by Violet Winspear and Rin Ogata (Harlequin)

Emily the Strange Vol. 1 and #1-#3 by Brian Brooks, Jessica Gruner, Rob Reger and Buzz Parker (Dark Horse Comics)

Fast And Loose by Elizabeth Oldfield and Mao Karino (Harlequin)

Hellboy: The Crooked Man #1-#3 by Mike Mignola and Richard Corben (Dark Horse Comics)

Her Convenient Millionaire by Gail Dayton and Kasumi Kuroda (Harlequin)

The Husband Assignment by Helen Bianchin and Kei Kohsaki (Harlequin)

Little White Lies by Marjorie Lewty and Chieko Hara (Harlequin)

A Man For All Seasonings by Day Leclaire and Towa Isezaki (Harlequin)

The Man, The Ring, The Wedding by Patricia Thayer and Harumo Sanazak

A Mistake In Identity by Sandra Field and Wataru Yasutake (Harlequin)

The Pregnancy Affair by Anne Mather and Kei Kosaki (Harlequin)

A Question Of Honor by Lindsay Mckenna and Kazuko Teradate (Harlequin)

Rough And Ready by Elizabeth Oldfield and Fumi Kakizaki (Harlequin)

A Secret Sorrow by Karen Van Der Zee and Masako Ogimaru (Harlequin)

The Seduction Project by Miranda Lee and Sara Nakayama (Harlequin)

Sherlock Holmes: Year One Vol. 1 and #1-#6 by Scott Beatty and Daniel Indro (Dynamite)

The Spaniard’s Woman by Diana Hamilton and Mizuho Ayabe (Harlequin)

Switched At The Altar by Metsy Hingle and Shin Kurokawa (Harlequin)

Tug Of Love by Penny Jordan and Reiko Kitagawa (Harlequin)

Who Rides The Tiger by Penny Jordan and Reiko Kitagawa (Harlequin)

A Wild Affair by Charlotte Lamb and Yoko Hanabusa (Harlequin)

Zorro #1-#6 by Matt Wagner and Francesco Francavilla (Dynamite)

Celebrate ComiXology’s 10th Anniversary at WonderCon

At this coming weekend’s WonderCon, fans and pros alike can celebrate 10 years of comiXology, Saturday, April 1st at the Hilton Anaheim Sunset Deck.

At the even you’ll find free food and drinks, first-come-first-served – along with exclusive giveaways!

Who: Open to fans & pros alike!
Where: Hilton Anaheim, 777 Convention Way, Anaheim, CA 92802 – Sunset Deck
When: Saturday, April 1st, 20177:00 – 9:00PM
Facebook Event

First 100 attendees receive limited edition posters! Each poster limited to 100.

AfterShock and comiXology Team Up for Exclusive Digital Connection Covers

For the first time, AfterShock and comiXology have partnered to provide limited-time exclusive digital connecting covers across several exciting titles. These covers will only be available to add to your digital collection via the comiXology platform until May 11, 2017.

Issues included are InSEXts #10 (Marguerite Bennett & Ariela Kristantina), Rough Riders: Riders on the Storm #2 (Adam Glass & Patrick Olliffe), Black-Eyed Kids #12 (Joe Pruett & Szymon Kudranski), Shipwreck #4 (Warren Ellis & Phil Hester), Animosity #6 (Marguerite Bennett & Rafael de Latorre), Jackpot! #5 (Ray Fawkes & Georges Duarte), and Captain Kid #5 (Mark Waid, Tom Peyer & Wilfredo Torres). The connecting covers were illustrated by Mike Zagari and colored by Gabe Eltaeb.

Each digital comic will be released over the course of the next month, but can be pre-ordered right now! You’ll need to act fast, as time is extremely limited to get these exclusive digital covers.

comiXology Unlimited March Titles Coming and Going

ComiXology has announced the latest addition and subtractions from their comiXology Unlimited platform. The service allows unlimited reading from a curated set of titles for just $5.99 a month. The service also provides a 30 day free trial for individuals.

Check below for the full list of what’s coming and going in March 2017.

ADDITIONS

A&A: The Adventures of Archer & Armstrong Vol. 1 and #1-#4 by Rafer Roberts and David Lafuente (Valiant Entertainment)
Ajin: Demi-Human Vol. 1 by Sakurai Gamon, Miura Tsuina, Sakurai Gamon and Miura Tsuina (Kodansha Comics)
ALIVE Vol. 1 by Tadashi Kawashima (Kodansha Comics)
Baltimore Vol. 1-2 by Christopher Golden, Mike Mignola and Ben Stenbeck (Dark Horse Comics)
Comic Book History of Comics #1-#2 by Fred Van Lente and Ryan Dunlavey (IDW Publishing)
Creeple Peeple #2-#3 by Matt Anderson, Patrick D. Pidgeon and Tim Patrick Lattie (IDW Publishing)
Cyberines #1 by Joe Martino, RJ Micheals, Cory Hamscher and Pow Rodrix (Red Anvil Comics)
Dean Koontz’s Frankenstein: Storm Surge collection and #1-#6 by Dean Koontz, Chuck Dixon, Rik Hoskin and Andres Ponce (Dynamite)
Dorothy of Oz Prequel #3-#4 by David Tipton and Blair Shedd (Dynamite)
Felony Comics #2-#3 by Josh Burggraf, Harris Smith, Amy Searles and Various (Negative Pleasure Publications)
Gakuen Prince Vol. 1 by Jun Yuzuki (Kodansha Comics)
Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex Vol. 1-2 by Yu Kinutani (Kodansha Comics)
King: the Phantom #1-#4 by Brian Clevinger and Brent Schoonover (Dynamite)
Legend of the Mantamaji Book 1 by Eric Dean Seaton, Brandon Palas and Andrew Dalhouse (“And . . Action!” Entertainment)
Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: Pink #1-#2 by Brenden Fletcher, Kelly Thompson and Daniele Di Nicuolo (BOOM! Studios)
Owlgirls #1 by Robert J. Sodaro, Rachele Aragno and Dave Ryan (Red Anvil Comics)
Patricia Briggs’ Alpha & Omega: Cry Wolf Vol. 1 and #1-#8 by Patricia Briggs, David Lawrence and Jordan Gunderson (Dynamite)
Predator: Life and Death collection and #1-#4 by Dan Abnett and Brian Thies (Dark Horse Comics)
Princess Resurrection Vol. 1 by Yasunori Mitsunaga (Kodansha Comics)
Pumpkin Scissors Vol. 1 by Ryotaro Iwanaga (Kodansha Comics)
Shadowflame #1-#2 by Joe Martino (Red Anvil Comics)
Star Trek (2011-2016) Vol. 3 by Mike Johnson, Claudia Balboni and Stephen Molnar (IDW Publishing)
Street Fighter II Vol. 1 and #0-#6 by Ken Siu-Chong, Alvin Lee and Arnold Tsang (UDON)
Template: The Complete First Season by Quinton Miles and Andres Quezada (QAM! Comics)
The Hidden GN by Richard Sala (Fantagraphics)
Vinland Saga Vol. 1 by Makoto Yukimura (Kodansha Comics)
War of the Independents #1-#2 by Dave Ryan, Franchesco! and Dave Ryan (Red Anvil Comics)
Yozakura Quartet Vol. 1 by Suzuhito Yasuda (Kodansha Comics)

IMAGE 25 Additions available Monday, March 6

The Manhattan Projects Deluxe Edition Vol. 1-2, Vol. 1-6 and #1-#25 by Jonathan Hickman and Nick Pitarra (Image Comics)
The Manhattan Projects: The Sun Beyond the Stars #1-#4 by Jonathan Hickman and Nick Pitarra (Image Comics)
Pax Romana Vol. 1 and #1-#4 by Jonathan Hickman (Image Comics)
The Sword Complete Deluxe Edition, Vol. 1-4, and #1-#24 and Jonathan Luna and Joshua Luna (Image Comics)

REMOVALS

Abandoned Cars GN by Tim Lane (Fantagraphics)
Athos In America GN by Jason (Fantagraphics)
Dead Drop collection and #1-#4 by Ales Kot and Adam Gorham (Valiant Entertainment)
Dean Koontz’s Frankenstein: Prodigal Son #1-#5 by Dean Koontz, Chuck Dixon and Brett Booth (Dynamite)
Hit: 1957 #1-#2 by Bryce Carlson and Vanesa R. Del Rey (BOOM! Studios)
I Don’t Get It GN Shannon Wheeler (BOOM! Studios)
I Told You So GN Shannon Wheeler (BOOM! Studios)
King: Flash Gordon #1-#4 by Ben Acker, Ben Blacker and Lee Ferguson (Dynamite)
Low Moon GN by Jason (Fantagraphics)
Night Fisher GN by R. Kikuo Johnson (Fantagraphics)
Patricia Briggs’ Mercy Thompson: Homecoming collection and #1-#4 by Patricia Briggs, David Lawrence and Amelia Woo (Dynamite)
Potter’s Field collection and #1-#3 by Mark Waid and Paul Azaceta (BOOM! Studios)
Street Fighter #1-#6 by Ken Siu-Chong, Kaare Andrews, Joy Ang, Hanna Chen, Hyung-Tae Kim and various (UDON)
The Returning #1 by Jason Starr and Andrea Mutti (BOOM! Studios)

Review: Valiant High #1

valiant-high_001_cover_lafuenteToday, Valiant and comiXology has released the latest comiXology Original, Valiant High #1. Written by Daniel Kibblesmith, the series is a new and unique take on the Valiant universe and characters.

Before they became legends, the world’s most formidable heroes were roaming the halls at Valiant High – a super-powered preparatory academy where Aric “X-O Manowar” Dacia is a record-setting running back, Colin “Ninjak” King is a debonair foreign exchange student, and Coach Bloodshot is way, way too into dodgeball. Now, Amanda “Livewire” McKee and her best friend, Faith “Zephyr” Herbert, are taking it all in for the first time at the one high school where power trumps popularity!

The digital debut of Valiant High is full of fun taking the familiar Valiant heroes and throwing them into a new situation, high school. Each in their own way are distilled down to their basic core. Writer Daniel Kibblesmith makes it works, it works really well, by playing off of tropes and types, the first issue feels familiar but at the same time fresh considering the characters involved.

“Teen” stories tend to feel similar in so many ways involving the outcast, the jock, the popular girl/guy, the burnout, some mix of all of that, and that’s all here with a charm and fun about it that it reminds me a bit of a comedic Breakfast Club, Sixteen Candles, and Not Another Teen Movie. We’re introduced to each character and get a good sense of their archetype in a first issue that nails it all when it comes to that. And while much of the issue is setup, there’s still a little bit of conflict to keep things interesting.

The art by Derek Charm and David Baron is fantastic translating each character into their teen self, with a couple of characters acting as teachers. The art is what really helps draw out the comedy of the issue with some fantastic moments involving Bloodshot who’s the driver ed teacher in a look that feels like it’d work perfectly in an animated show.

The first issue is a great debut and while it relies on familiar character types and conflict, the use of classic Valiant characters in this new setting is fresh and entertaining. I can’t wait to see what the further issues bring and hopefully we get some more.

Story: Daniel Kibblesmith Art: Derek Charm and David Baron Cover: David Lafuente
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy

Graphic Policy was provided with a FREE copy for review

comiXology Unlimited’s February Additions and Subtractions

comixology unlimitedComiXology has announced the latest addition and subtractions from their comiXology Unlimited platform. The service allows unlimited reading from a curated set of titles for just $5.99 a month. The service also provides a 30 day free trial for individuals.

Check below for the full list of what’s coming and going in February 2017.

ADDITIONS: 

40 Coffins collection by Rodolfo Santullo and Jok (Space Goat Productions)
Big Game Hunters #1-3 by Shon C. Bury, Jok and Estudio Haus (Space Goat Productions)
The Boys Vol. 4 by Garth Ennis, Tony Avina, John Higgins and Darick Robertson (Dynamite)
Control #1-2 by Angela Cruickshank, Andy Diggle and Andrea Mutti (Dynamite)
Copperhead Vol. 1 and #4-5 by Jay Faerber and Scott Godlewski (Image Comics)
Danger Girl Deluxe collection and #1-7 by J. Scott Campbell and Andy Hartnell (IDW Publishing)
Dark Lily #1 by Georgia Ball and George Kambadais (Space Goat Productions)
Doorkickers #1 by Shon C. Bury, Scott McCullough and Douglas Franchin (Space Goat Productions)
Drive GN by Michael Benedetto and Antonio Fuso (IDW Publishing)
Eerie Archives Vol. 1-3 by various (Dark Horse Comics)
Evil Dead 2 #0-2 by Frank Hannah and Edgar Salazar (Space Goat Productions)
Evil Dead 2: Tales of the Ex-Mortis #1-3 by Justin Peniston and Enza Fontana (Space Goat Productions)
Faith (2016) #1-3 by Jody Houser, Pere Perez and Marguerite Sauvage (Valiant Entertainment)
The Family Secret #0 by Justin Peniston and Eder Messias (Space Goat Productions)
Farscape: Gone and Back #1-4 by Keith R.A. DeCandido, Rockne O’Bannon and Tommy Patterson (BOOM! Studios)
Grand Passion #1 by James Robinson and Tom Feister (Dynamite)
Grimm Fairy Tales: Steampunk #1-2 by Pat Shand and Annapaola Martello (Zenescope)
Halo: Initiation collection and #1-3 by Brian Reed and Marco Castiello (Dark Horse Comics)
Harbinger Wars collection and #1-4 by Joshua Dysart, Duane Swierczynski, Clayton Henry and Mico Suayan (Valiant Entertainment)
Invincible Vol. 4 by Robert Kirkman and Ryan Ottley (Image Comics)
James Bond #1-3 by Warren Ellis and Jason Masters (Dynamite)
Jim Butcher’s The Dresden Files: War Cry collection and #1-5 by Jim Butcher, Mark Powers, Carlos Gomez and Stjepan Sejic (Dynamite)
Judge Dredd Vol. 3 and #9-12 by Duane Swierczynski, Nelson Daniel, Antonio Fuso and Brendan McCarthy (IDW Publishing)
King: Prince Valiant #1-4 by Nate Cosby and Ron Salas (Dynamite)
Lady Snowblood Vol. 1-2 by Kazuo Koike
Maddy Kettle Vol. 1 by Eric Orchard (IDW Publishing)
Mage Inc. #1-#3 by Shon C. Bury and Ian Waryanto and Arison Aguiar (Space Goat Productions)
Mass Effect: Foundation Vol. 1 and #1-4 by Mac Walters, Omar Francia and Tony Parker (Dark Horse Comics)
Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #3 by Kyle Higgins and Hendry Prasetya (BOOM! Studios)
The Misadventures of Grumpy Cat and Pokey collection and #1-3 by Ben Fisher, Ben McCool, Agnes Garbowska, Steve Uy and various (Dynamite)
Mixtape #1 by Brad Abraham, Jok and Gervasio (Space Goat Productions)
Monster Elementary #1-#2 by Nicholas Doan, Caanan Grall, Christopher Tupa (Space Goat Productions)
Nox #1 by Shon C. Bury and Allan Goldman (Space Goat Productions)
Orphan Black Vol. 1 and #1-5 by John Fawcett, Jody Houser, Graeme Manson, Szymon Kudranski, Alan Quah and Cat Staggs (IDW Publishing)
Red Sonja Vol. 3 #1-#3 by Marguerite Bennett and Aneke (Dynamite)
Rocket Queen and the Wrench #1 by Justin Peniston and Ramanda Kamarga (Space Goat Productions)
Sons Of The Devil #1-#3 by Brian Buccellato and Toni Infante (Image Comics)
Space Goat Presents: Halloween Treat Bag by Jacob Bascle, Shon C. Bury, Justin Peniston, Darren Vincenzo, Jok and Alan Quah (Space Goat Productions)
Spawn of Mars and Other Stories by Al Feldstein and Wally Wood (Fantagraphics)
Spread Vol. 1 and #1-#6 Justin Jordan, Felipe Sobreiro and Kyle Strahm (Image Comics)
Sucker Bait and Other Stories by Al Feldstein and Graham Ingels (Fantagraphics)
The Werewolf O’Reilly #1 by Darren Vincenzo and Yvel Guichet (Space Goat Productions)
Wonder Woman ’77 Meets The Bionic Woman #2 by Andy Mangels and Judit Tondora (Dynamite)

REMOVALS:

Ant Vol. 1 and #1-8 by Mario Gully, Marc Hammond and Mario Gully (Image Comics)
B.P.R.D.: Hell on Earth Vol. 1 and #1-5 by Mike Mignola, John Arcudi and Guy Davis (Dark Horse Comics)
Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Spike collection and #1-5 by Victor Gischler and Paul Lee (Dark Horse Comics)
Conan and the Demons of Khitai #1-4 by Akira Yoshida and Paul Lee (Dark Horse Comics)
Danger Girl: Revolver collection and #1-4
Farscape: Ongoing #1-4 by by Keith R.A. DeCandido, Rockne O’Bannon and Will Sliney (BOOM! Studios)
Farscape Vol. 7 by Keith R.A. DeCandido, Rockne O’Bannon and Will Sliney (BOOM! Studios)
Halo: Escalation Vol. 1 and #1-6 by Christopher Schlerf, Sergio Ariño and Ricardo Sanchez (Dark Horse Comics)
Jim Butcher’s The Dresden Files: Down Town collection and #1-6 by Jim Butcher, Mark Powers and Carlos Gomez (Dynamite)
Mass Effect: Invasion #1-4 by John Jackson Miller, Mac Walters and Omar Francia (Dark Horse Comics)
Mass Effect: Redemption Vol. 1 and #1-4 by John Jackson Miller, Mac Walters and Omar Francia (Dark Horse Comics)
Spacehawk by Basil Wolverton (Fantagraphics)
The High Cost of Dying and Other Stories by Reed Crandall, Al Feldstein and Reed Crandall (Fantagraphics)
‘Taint the Meat…It’s the Humanity! and Other Stories by Al Feldstein and Jack Davis (Fantagraphics)

comiXology Unlimited Adds 25 Image Series Complete & Ongoing

comixology-unlimited-imageIn celebration of Image Comics 25th Anniversary, comiXology is adding 25 complete and ongoing Image Comics series to their subscription service, comiXology Unlimited. Beginning today comiXology will add titles every other week through May.

The following critically acclaimed series are being added today:

  • Bitch Planet (Issue #1-8 & Vol. 1 available today, adding issues 6 – 8) created by writer Kelly Sue DeConnick and artist Valentine De Landro
  • God Hates Astronauts (Issues #1-10 & Vol. 1-3 available today, adding issues 6 – 10, Vol. 2-3) complete series by creator Ryan Browne
  • Wytches (Issues #1-6 & Vol. 1 new and available today) complete series created by writer Scott Snyder and artist Jock

ComiXology Unlimited allows you to explore the amazing world of comics, graphic novels and manga for just $5.99 a month. ComiXology Unlimited is available on the comiXology app for Fire Tablet, Android, iOS and on the web at comixology.com.

Fans should check back every other week through May to see what other complete series and substantial arcs of ongoing series from Image Comics are being added to comiXology Unlimited.

ComiXology Originals Launches Today with Adventure Time Marshall Lee Spectacular

atmls_coverComiXology launches their comiXology Originals program today with the fun, all-ages title Adventure Time Marshall Lee Spectacular from BOOM! Studios and Cartoon Network Enterprises. Unveiled last October, comiXology Originals is a new program featuring exclusive comic content available only on comiXology and Kindle. Adventure Time Marshall Lee Spectacular is available today for $3.99 on comiXology and Kindle or free at launch to comiXology Unlimited subscribers and as part of the comiXology Unlimited 30-day free trial.

Based on Cartoon Network’s Emmy and Peabody Award-winning Adventure Time, the Adventure Time Marshall Lee Spectacular from BOOM! Studios and Cartoon Network Enterprises features the fan-favorite character Marshall Lee, the Vampire King. Marshall Lee is the male counterpart of Marceline the Vampire Queen from the hugely popular Fionna and Cake universe.

Framed by a fully painted cover by cartoonist Fábio Moon, the 22-page Adventure Time Marshall Lee Spectacular contains three all-new original Marshall Lee stories and an original song:

  • “Not Funny” by writer Mariko Tamaki and artist Audrey Mok. The lead story features New York Times bestselling writer Mariko Tamaki (This One Summer, Supergirl) with artist Audrey Mok (Josie and the Pussycats) and follows Marshall Lee and his uncontrollable laughter at unfunny things.atmls_its_hard_not_to_be_bad_preview
  • “The Bravest Prince” by Melanie Gillman and artist Trungles. Writer Melanie Gillman (As the Crow Flies) teams up with artist Trungles (Fresh Romance) for a story in which Prince Gumball witnesses Marshall Lee’s fear of…flowers.
  • “Disqualified” by S.M. Vidaurri and artist Asia Kendrick-Horton. Writer S.M. Vidaurri (Jim Henson’s The Storyteller: Witches) joins with artist Asia Kendrick-Horton (Steven Universe) for a story in which Prince Gumball attempts to win a competition by trying to be more villainous than Marshall Lee.
  • “It’s Not Hard To Be Bad” Written and drawn by S.M. Vidaurri. Vidaurri closes out the issue by composing a song for Marshall Lee to sing while playing guitar in a spectacular one pager.

In addition to this exciting launch, comiXology is having a BOOM! Studios discount sale on an array of Adventure Time comic books and trades. Readers new and old can stock up and save today through January 23rd.

ComiXology Originals is a new program bringing exclusive comic content to comiXology and Kindle. In addition to Adventure Time Marshall Lee Spectacular from BOOM! Studios, the comiXology Originals lineup includes future releases from Valiant Entertainment and the legendary Harvey Kurtzman that are available for pre-order. ComiXology Originals are digital only and exclusively available for comiXology and Kindle customers.

The Comics Are All Right: Build Your Own Community

I began these articles last year to move some of the discussion surrounding the state of the comic industry away from “opinion” and “anecdotes” and towards facts and data. You can check out what I’ve written before but beyond looking at sales data, the goal is to also look at other data available such as analytics, Facebook demographics, and also talk to creators directly to see what does and doesn’t work.

For this new year, I felt it good to focus on at least one best practice for publishers and creators, building an email list and social networking presence, your own community. But, beyond just going over “how to’s’ as far as building a community or why it’s a good idea, I thought I’d take a different spin and see what we can learn from the data available and answer a question:

What’s the overlap of “fans” of publishers?

There’s no way to really figure out if the folks who purchase comics are loyal to one publisher, many publishers, or maybe a select few. “Sales” data reported is estimated sales from distributors to stores, we don’t know what stores sell directly to customers, whether it’s physical or digital sales.

So what can we look at to figure this out?

First, there’s Facebook data. Twice a month I report on data derived from Facebook looking at the demographics of those who “like” comics. But we can do more than just report on the age, we can also see how many people like two different pages, publisher a AND publisher b.

What I’ve done is look at the amount of US likes a publisher has (I’ve also included Amazon and comiXology because more on that below and why these particular publishers are explained as well) and then also looked at how many likes those two pages shared in the US. Below is the results in percent and I think the results are really interesting.

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To read an example 61.90% of comiXology’s Facebook “likes” also “like” Amazon. We can see the percents vary greatly, but what stands out to me tis that the overlap is not as much as you think. This isn’t the same fans liking a bunch of different publishers, it’s clear that in same cases some publishers have really built a niche and audience all their own.

One data point is nice, what about two?

Well, this is how this thought exercise began. My day job is working in email and monitoring deliverability, trends, spam, really boring stuff. But, this also gives me access to see how email programs are performing (opens, clicks) and also how much email lists overlap! So, what do we see when it comes to email lists?

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The above were chosen to start because they’re all publishers or platforms I regularly get email from and signed up for (I’m particularly fascinated by Amazon’s email program). So, at some point this will all expand, but you need to start somewhere. Amazon’s emails are impressive and they do at least one weekly email for fans of comics, that in particular is why I’ve watched them. But I digress…

What above represents is how many people are on each list. For example 38% of Valiant’s list is also on comiXology’s. Again, like Facebook we see that the overlap varies and that generally people aren’t signing up for everyone. Valiant’s percents are particularly high due to a smaller list size.

So what does this mean?

It means that each of these publishers have a captive and unique audience for them to talk to. They have people who clearly care about them to pitch their releases each and every week. It’s as simple as that. As a publisher, a creator, you should be doing everything to build your community, because from what we see above, that community is probably pretty unique and want to hear from you, and possibly just you!

So, here’s a resolution publishers and creators should be making this year, build your community! Then use it to sell some comics!

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