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Review: Savage Game

Recently comiXology announced numerous new comiXology Original series that you can read now. Not only are these comics available digitally but they’re taking advantage of Amazon’s print on demand.

Savage Game is one of them and the comic is a mix of Pokemon and animal fighting with a sprinkle of family drama.

Written by Shawn Kittelsen with art and colors by Chris B. Murray, lettering by Simon Bowland, created by Ryan Kalil, edited by Shahrir Fouladi and Dan Hess, you can get it now digitally and in print.

If you have Kindle Unlimited, comiXology Unlimited, or Amazon Prime, you can read them for free!

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Marvel Unlimited Expands in June with New Titles and Issues

Marvel Unlimited, Marvel’s digital comics subscription service, offers members unlimited access to over 20,000 issues of Marvel’s classic and newer titles, delivered digitally through your desktop web browser and the Marvel Unlimited mobile app. With classic and newer issues added every week, here are some of the amazing Marvel titles coming to Marvel Unlimited this month:

Week of 6/4

AMERICA #9
DARKHAWK #51 LEGACY ONESHOT!
JEAN GREY #9
MOON KNIGHT #189
OLD MAN LOGAN #31 NEW LEGACY ARC!
SECRET WARRIORS #9
SPIDER-GWEN #26
STAR WARS: JEDI OF THE REPUBLIC – MACE WINDU #4
STAR WARS: POE DAMERON #21
U.S.AVENGERS #12 FINAL ISSUE!
VENOM #158
X-MEN: BLUE #16

 

Week of 6/11

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN: VENOM INC. ALPHA #1
ASTONISHING X-MEN #6
AVENGERS #674
BLACK BOLT #8 NEW LEGACY ARC!
CAPTAIN AMERICA #696
DARTH VADER #9
DOCTOR STRANGE #382
GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY #148
GWENPOOL, THE UNBELIEVABLE #23
HAWKEYE #13 NEW LEGACY ARC!
ICEMAN #8
INHUMANS: ONCE AND FUTURE KINGS #5 FINAL ISSUE!
IRON FIST #75
SPIDER-MAN #235
SPIRITS OF VENGEANCE #3
X-MEN: GOLD #17

 

Week of 6/18

ALL-NEW WOLVERINE #28
AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #792
BEN REILLY: SCARLET SPIDER #11
BLACK PANTHER – LONG LIVE THE KING #1
CABLE #152
DAREDEVIL #596
DESPICABLE DEADPOOL #290
FALCON #3
JEAN GREY #10
ROYALS #12 FINAL ISSUE!
RUNAWAYS #4
SECRET WARRIORS #10
SHE-HULK #160
STAR WARS #40
THE PUNISHER #219
THE UNBEATABLE SQUIRREL GIRL #27 NEW LEGACY ARC!
WEAPON X #12 NEW LEGACY ARC!
X-MEN: BLUE #17

Week of 6/25

AMERICA #10
CHAMPIONS #15
DEADPOOL VS. OLD MAN LOGAN #3
DEFENDERS #8
DOCTOR STRANGE #383
GENERATION X #85 NEW LEGACY ARC!
GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY #149
INCREDIBLE HULK #711
LUKE CAGE #168
MARVEL 2-IN-ONE #1 NEW LEGACY SERIES!
MIGHTY THOR #702
MONSTERS UNLEASHED #9
MS. MARVEL #25 NEW LEGACY ARC!
OLD MAN LOGAN #32
PETER PARKER: THE SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN #298
SPIDER-GWEN #27
STAR WARS: DOCTOR APHRA #15
STAR WARS: POE DAMERON #22
TALES OF SUSPENSE #100 NEW LEGACY SERIES!
UNCANNY AVENGERS #30 FINAL ISSUE!
VENOM #159
X-MEN: GOLD #18
X-MEN: GRAND DESIGN #1

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Marvel Unlimited members have access to some of the greatest Marvel Comics featuring The Avengers, Spider-Man, Guardians of the Galaxy, Thor, Black Panther, and more! With June’s update, Marvel Unlimited will also be expanding its back catalog with the following series: The ‘Nam (1986), Silver Surfer (1987), Master of Kung Fu (1974), The Punisher War Zone (1992) and MUCH more!

This amazing service is accessible through Marvel Unlimited on the web and through the Marvel Unlimited app on iPhone, iPad and on select Android devices.

comiXology Announces Print Comics and We Have a Look

This week comiXology, the leading digital platform, announced new original comics but the bigger news is that they’d not only be available digitally but also in print.

Will Amazon and comiXology shake up the comic industry and distribution due to this?

We got a chance to look at the first comic in print Savage Game and discuss the quality of the material and how it stacks up to other print comics.

You can get the comics now:
Amazon
comiXology

 

 

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Watch Cloak and Dagger Tonight on Freeform, then Get the New Digital Comic Series

Ahead of their television debut this Thursday night on Freeform, Marvel has announced a new Cloak and Dagger digital exclusive comic series written by Dennis Hopeless with art by David Messina! The first issue of the 6-issue can be download right now in the Marvel Comics App or on ComiXology and Kindle!

After meeting as runaways, vigilante teenagers Tyrone (“Cloak”) Johnson and Tandy (“Dagger”) Bowen were illegally experimented on and gifted with mysterious powers. As the living personifications of light and dark, their complementary abilities force them to rely on each other as they team up to save innocent people on the streets of New York, and around the world. This in-continuity Digital Series has been specifically designed to welcome new readers while giving long-time Marvelites the latest eagerly-awaited chapter in this fan-favorite duo’s story.

The highly-anticipated new television series, Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger premieres Thursday, June 7, 8/7c on Freeform.

comiXology Moves to Print with New Creator-Owned comiXology Originals

After some teasing, comiXology announced today it is releasing creator-owned comic books and graphic novels for the first time as part of its comiXology Originals program. The service announced four new titles which can be read for read through Amazon Prime, Kindle Unlimited, and comiXology Unlimited. They can also be purchased through Kindle and comiXology.

What’s particularly interesting is these comics are available digitally as well as in print. Yes, the leader in digital comics is moving into the “physical space” with print comics which will be print on demand.

The new comiXology Original releases include: Savage Game created by NFL player Ryan Kalil, written by Shawn Kittelsen, and art by Chris B. Murray; Superfreaks from writers Elsa Charretier and Pierrick Colinet, with newcomer artist Margaux Saltel; Elephantmen 2261: The Death of Shorty from writer Richard Starkings, and artists Axel Medellin and Boo Cook; and Ask For Mercy from writer Starkings and newcomer artist Abigail Jill Harding.

The debuts feature a host of industry firsts, including:

  • All issues of the Superfreaks series are available to read now – perfect for binge reading
  • In addition to digital, Savage Game is available in print exclusively through Amazon.com via Print-on-Demand
  • Collections of Elephantmen and Ask for Mercy will also be available in print via Print-on-Demand, with future comiXology Originals trade collections and graphic novels also available in print
  • Savage Game sees noted cover and fine artist Chris B. Murray’s interior art debut
  • Superfreaks artist Margaux Saltel also makes her series debut
  • Ask For Mercy artist Abigail Jill Harding makes her series debut

Also noted is the inclusion of Elephantmen from Richard Starkings and Axel Medellin. The series had been released through Image Comics and this is a steal for the digital publisher.

The company also teased the next wave of comiXology Original titles to be released in the coming months, announcing an impressive list of creators, including: Tyler Crook, Kristian Donaldson, Alti Firmansyah, Sam Humphries, Megan Kearney, Kel McDonald, Hope Nicholson, Mike Norton, MK Reed, Mark Sable, Tim Seeley, C. Spike Trotman, Jen Vaughn, and Magdalene Visaggio. More details on upcoming releases will be unveiled during Comic-Con International San Diego 2018.

Check out the details on all of the launch series below:

Savage Game

Created by Ryan Kalil, written by Shawn Kittelsen, with art by Chris B. Murray

From NFL player Ryan Kalil and his company Strange Turn comes an original 60-page sci-fi graphic novel that is a high tech version of The Island of Dr. MoreauWhat happens when a rogue titan of Silicon Valley creates his own island nation with no laws to hold him back? You get the Savage Game, where audiences watch genetically modified hybrid creatures fight to the death in a fantastic gladiator-style battle. But Conner Bowen isn’t having it. He’s on a quest to stop his mad father and the Savage Game. But is it too late?

  • Original 60pg Graphic Novel – $4.99 on Kindle and comiXology
  • Free to read for members of Amazon Prime, Kindle Unlimited and comiXology Unlimited
  • Available in print for $6.99 as a Print-on-Demand graphic novel exclusively on Amazon.com

Superfreaks

Written by Elsa Charretier and Pierrick Colinet with art by Margaux Saltel

An all-new 5-issue superhero mystery debuting digitally in its entirety – a thrilling story perfect for binge reading – with art by rising star Margaux Saltel. All the world’s superheroes have disappeared overnight, and it’s up to their untrained, largely overlooked teenage sidekicks to find out what happened – while dealing with the biggest crisis Earth has ever known — much to the public’s displeasure. Can they save the day?

  • 5-issue series – all issues available to binge read now
  • Issue are $2.99 each on Kindle and comiXology
  • Free to read for members of Amazon Prime, Kindle Unlimited and comiXology Unlimited

Elephantmen 2261: The Death of Shorty

Written by Richard Starkings with art by Axel Medellin and Boo Cook

The iconic Elephantmen debuts as a comiXology Originals title with issue 1 of Elephantmen 2261: The Death of Shorty, a 5-issue monthly mini-seriesDescribed by J.J. Abrams as “An Awesome and Unexpected Story. You Must Check it out!” and lauded by Andy Serkis as “Bold, mythic and heartbreakingly cool, Starkings’ universe is a breed apart!”, Elephantmen 2261: The Death of Shorty, is the next adventure of the pulp science fiction series Elephantmen, which debuted nearly 15 years and 80 issues ago from Image Comics. This all-new story is a whodunit that draws our heroes, Hip Flask and Jack Farrell, into the curious death of an Elephantman known to his friends as “Shorty”.

  • 5-issue miniseries – issues will be available monthly – $2.99 per issue on Kindle and comiXology
  • Free to read for members of Amazon Prime, Kindle Unlimited and comiXology Unlimited
  • Print collected edition will be available via Print-on-Demand exclusively on Amazon.com

Ask For Mercy

Written by Richard Starkings with art by Abigail Jill Harding

An action-packed and artistically stunning dark fantasy story from Elephantmen creator, Richard Starkings and breakout talent, Abigail Jill Harding. Ask For Mercy is a World War II fantasy horror story in the tradition of John Carpenter’s The Thing and Sandman. Mercy is snatched from her own place and time to join a team of Monster Hunters who are actually Monsters themselves, and together they have to take on a Pantheon of Hideous Creatures summoned to our world by Nazi evil!

  • 6-issue series – issues will be available monthly – $2.99 per issue on Kindle and comiXology
  • Free to read for members of Amazon Prime, Kindle Unlimited and comiXology Unlimited
  • Print collected edition will be available via Print-on-Demand on Amazon.com

Jay Faerber and Michael Montenat’s Glacier City is Pay What You Want on Panel Syndicate

Panel Syndicate has debuted a new series, Glacier City! The new comic series is written by Jay Faerber with art by Michael Montenat.

Police Chief Wes Cutter is the only law enforcement in a secluded Alaskan town where everyone has a secret and his closest backup is hours away. There are two kinds of people who live in Alaska. Those born there, and those that are running away from something. And Wes wasn’t born there.

Faerber is the creator behind series such as Copperhead, Elsewhere, and Dynamo 5, as well as television shows like Star-Crossed and Zoo. Montenat has worked for IDW Publishing, Legendary, BOOM! Studios, Top Cow Productions, Zac Brown Band, and Universal Studios Japan.

You can find the series on Panel Syndicate where it’s “pay what you want.”

Umami #6 is Out Now on Panel Syndicate

Another month, another issue of our favorite cooking comic-book series, Umami! While Ami reminisces about her final exam, Leon, an attractive and charismatic merchant, appears on the scene.

However, the encounter turns bitter with the arrival of some guards. What do they want? Are our friends in danger?

Stay by their side and let the genius of Ken Niimura guide you through these and many other mysteries!

This 33-page digital comic book is now available at panelsyndicate.com for whatever price you want to pay!

Marvel Unlimited Expands in May

Marvel Unlimited, Marvel’s digital comics subscription service, offers members unlimited access to over 20,000 issues of Marvel’s classic and newer titles, delivered digitally through your desktop web browser and the Marvel Unlimited mobile app. With classic and newer issues added every week, here are some of the amazing Marvel titles coming to Marvel Unlimited this month:

Week of 5/7

ASTONISHING X-MEN #5
AVENGERS #673
BLACK BOLT #7
CAPTAIN AMERICA #695 NEW LEGACY ARC!
DARTH VADER #7
GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY #146 NEW LEGACY ARC!
ICEMAN #7
INHUMANS: ONCE AND FUTURE KINGS #4
IRON FIST #74
OLD MAN LOGAN #30
PETER PARKER: THE SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN #6
POWER PACK #63 LEGACY ONESHOT!
SPIDER-MAN #234 NEW LEGACY ARC!
THOR VS. HULK: CHAMPIONS OF THE UNIVERSE #5

Week of 5/14

DAREDEVIL #595 NEW LEGACY ARC!
DESPICABLE DEADPOOL #289
FALCON #2
GENERATION X #8
GWENPOOL, THE UNBELIEVABLE #22
JESSICA JONES #14
MASTER OF KUNG FU #126 LEGACY ONESHOT!
MOON KNIGHT #188 NEW LEGACY ARC!
MS. MARVEL #24
ROYALS #10
RUNAWAYS #3
SHE-HULK #159 NEW LEGACY ARC!
SPIDER-MAN/DEADPOOL #23
SPIRITS OF VENGEANCE #2
STAR WARS #38
THE UNBEATABLE SQUIRREL GIRL #26
UNCANNY AVENGERS #29
VENOM #157
VISION DIRECTOR’S CUT #6 FINAL ISSUE!
X-MEN: GOLD #15
ZOMBIES ASSEMBLE 2 #4 FINAL ISSUE!

Week of 5/21

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #791
BEN REILLY: SCARLET SPIDER #10
CHAMPIONS #14
DARTH VADER #8
DEADPOOL VS. OLD MAN LOGAN #2
DEFENDERS #7
DOCTOR STRANGE #381 NEW LEGACY ARC!
GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY #147
HAWKEYE #12
INCREDIBLE HULK #710
MARVEL’S BLACK PANTHER PRELUDE #2 FINAL ISSUE!
MIGHTY THOR #701
NOT BRAND ECHH #14 LEGACY ONESHOT!
PETER PARKER: THE SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN #297 NEW LEGACY ARC!
SECRET WARRIORS #8
SPIDER-MEN II #4
STAR WARS: DOCTOR APHRA #14
THE PUNISHER #218 NEW LEGACY ARC!
THOR VS. HULK: CHAMPIONS OF THE UNIVERSE #6 FINAL ISSUE!
WEAPON X #11
X-MEN: BLUE #15

Week of 5/28

ALL-NEW WOLVERINE #27
AMAZING SPIDER-MAN: RENEW YOUR VOWS #13
BLACK PANTHER #167
CABLE #151
CAPTAIN MARVEL #126
GENERATION X #9
GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY: TELLTALE GAMES #5 FINAL ISSUE!
INVINCIBLE IRON MAN #594
LUKE CAGE #167
MONSTERS UNLEASHED #8
MOON GIRL AND DEVIL DINOSAUR #25
ROYALS #11
SILVER SABLE AND THE WILD PACK #36 LEGACY ONESHOT!
SPIDER-MAN/DEADPOOL #24
STAR WARS #39
THANOS #13 NEW LEGACY ARC!
X-MEN: GOLD #16

Not a Marvel Unlimited member? Join today!

Marvel Unlimited members have access to some of the greatest Marvel Comics featuring The Avengers, Spider-Man, Guardians of the Galaxy, Thor, Black Panther, and more! With May’s update, Marvel Unlimited will also be expanding its back catalog with the following series: Cable (1993), Silver Surfer (1987), Werewolf by Night (1972), and much more!

 

Kodansha Comics’ May Digital-First Debuts

Continuing to launch at least one new “digital-first” manga series every week—Kodansha Comics will kick off 5 new manga series in May, with a diverse offering for the month.

Kodansha Comics’s digital-first manga releases are part of an exciting new initiative begun last year to put a greater diversity of manga series into the market. Starting with Yuji Onda’s mean step-sibling drama Beware the Kamiki Brothers! on May 1, this month’s series debuts will be available at all of Kodansha Comics’s partner digital platforms:

Beware the Kamiki Brothers! (debuting May 1), Yuji Onda‘s romantic-comedy manga about a high-school girl who finds herself living with some scary new stepbrothers (Japanese title: Kamiki kyoudai okotowari)

Heaven’s Design Team (debuting May 8), an imaginative new manga series about Heaven’s Animal Design Department, where designers create a variety of new animals while contending with the unreasonable requests of their client (Japanese title: Tenchi souzou design-bu)

The Wizard and His Fairy (debuting May 15), Chisato Nesumi‘s pretty fantasy manga about an eccentric wizard and the beautiful and strong-willed fairy he takes in (Japanese title: Kirikagohime to mahoutsukai)

Can You Just Die, My Darling? (debuting May 22), the hit dark manga thriller of murder, love, and delusion by Majuro Kaname and Sousou Sakakibara (Japanese title: Konya wa tsuki ga kirei desuga, toriaezu shine)

A Kiss, For Real (debuting May 29), Fumie Akuta‘s sweet, but sadistic, high-school romance manga about a mask-wearing girl and a free-spirited boy (Japanese title:Sekirara ni Kiss)

Creators Corner: Creating Rebirth of the Gangster, Part 9– Self-Publishing and Distribution

Over the summer, I wrote a few parts in a series detailing the creation of my comic Rebirth of the Gangster (on sale now!)

In case you missed it, check out these links to the first three parts-

Part 1: The Birth of the Idea

Part 2: Brainstorming and Outlining the Plot

Part 3: Outline, Synopsis and Chapter Breakdown

Part 4: Scripting the Action

Part 5: Finding the Right Artist

Part 6: Pages in Progress and the Artist/Writer Collaboration

Part 7: Submitting the Comic and Cover Letters

Part 8: Filtering through Publisher Feedback

And now, for Part 9: The final installment in my series about creating and publishing Rebirth of the Gangster!

After being rejected by all the publishers I sent my comic too (it wasn’t completely worthless, though, since I received some good advice, as I covered in Part 8), I decided to self-publish Rebirth of the Gangster.  Self-publishing does come with a taboo, of course, but the revenue and respect given to self-publishers has been growing in recent years (The Martian was a self-published book at first, for one example of self-publishing being worth money and industry cred).

the martian

While much of self-publishing deals with the details of print and distribution, I decided to release individual issues digitally and distribute graphic novel collections of each six-issue story arc.  After I made that choice, the next step for any self publisher is to figure out how to get your comic in the hands and hearts of fans. While I would like to get printed copies to fans, frankly Diamond Distributor isn’t very friendly to independent comics–they will only guarantee payments if enough copies have been sold to stores in their ordering phase.  And I wasn’t–and still am not–in a financial position to take on that kind of risk. So, I started exploring the largely uncharted waters of digital sales.

I did some research–looking online and then sending questions to companies to get some answers about their reach, their payout structure, their editorial requirements and more.  Not only did this help me understand my options better, I was able to distill these findings into a Slant article for others: giving them a map and compass to navigate digital terrain.   That article is no longer available, since Slant went under and the domain was lost, but here’s what I wrote:

In recent years, the comic industry has been adapting to new demand for digital versions of their comics (although print is still a viable option), which has led to companies creating numerous platforms with some key differences in pricing for customer, payout to creators, editing and submission process, philosophy, and degree of involvement.  

Platforms like Selz, Pulp Free Publishing, Gumroad, and Sellfy all responded to interview requests; other platforms of note (Amazon’s Kindle, Barnes and Noble’s Nook, Comixology, Scribd, and Tapastic) didn’t respond to interview requests but were researched for the following information.  A huge thanks to Zeno Telos Press and Publishers Weekly for some of the research that supplements the interviews.

 

The Basics for Each Site

Platform Customer Cost Creator Payout and Platform Cut of Profits Editing and Submitting Process
Comixology Varies by comic–there is a section titled “Free Comics” though 50% (after credit card fees and cost from Apple, Google, Kindle) Can submit once an account has been created with company information and payment information. Get started here.
Amazon Kindle Varies by comic, but you can also join Kindle Unlimited, their Netflix-esque program.  It costs $9.99 a month and gives access to as many books as the customer wants. If the sale price  is less than $2.99, the creator gets 35%
If the sale price is greater than $2.99 and less than $9.99, the creator gets 70%*
If the sale price is more than this, the creator gets 35%
Submission information here.
Barnes and Noble Nook Varies by comic Barnes and Noble didn’t have this easily available, but a source says that as of Oct-2013, this is the payout structure:

Prices from $ 0.99 to $ 2.98 = 40%

Prices from $ 2.99 to $ 9.99 = 65%

Prices from $ 10.00 to $ 199.99 = 40%

Submit here.
iBookstore Varies by comic. 70% They didn’t list any specific requirements, but they posted this set of steps here.
Pulp Free Publishing Kevin Bricklin, founder of Pulp Free Publishing states:

“After Apple’s 30% fee, we share 70/30 with creators.  70% for the Creator and 30% for PFP (that equates to 49% of the sales price to the creator)”
There is a Premium Package–a one-time payment of $99 lets creators keep 100% of sales.

Although they don’t have editorial requirements, they do say they have the standard “ page specifications (which are required so that the comics can look good on retina devices)”, according to Bricklin.
Comics Fix
(website is offline while they relaunch their service)
8.99 a month, Netflix style–this was their pricing plan before they took their site down to reboot and relaunch it 50%

This was also what was listed before.

No information available.
Selz Varies by comic Melissa Whidjay, Selz community manager says, “All we keep is a small transaction fee on each sale, which is usually under 5% of your sale price. You get to keep the rest!” They don’t have editing requirements, but Whidjay did give this advice for file format:

It’s totally up to you! We let you sell pretty much all file types, but your best bet is to publish in PDF as it’s the most widely accepted file type for reading comics. “

Sellfy Varies by comic 95% No editing process–they’re only interested in running “ a third party [that]  manage[s] the sales and download link delivery”, according to customer service manager Matthew.
Gumroad Varies by comic 95%. The only requirement Sahil Lavingia, founder and CEO of Gumroad, gave was “the standard NSFW stuff (though since we’re not a marketplace, we can sway more freely).”

Details on how to submit here.

Scribd Netlix style subscription for unlimited comics, books, audiobooks and sheet music: $8.99 a month; there are individual texts for sale too, with varying prices There are a few different creator payout guidelines:
For an individual sale: 80% after $0.25 processing fee.
There are a few different payout options for subscription readers, depending on publishing service used by creator:
Smashwords:If books are read past the 30% mark: 60% of sales. 10 reads between 15-30% will also count as an individual sale.
Draft2Digital:

If books are read past the 30% mark: 60% of sales.

BookBaby:

55% of sales
INscribe Digital:

This is another option but the royalty structure wasn’t outlined.

Submission information here (broken down by categories like publishers, self-publishers, etc…).
Tapastic Some are free, but some have varying costs Monthly Support: 85%

Ad Revenue: 70%

Storefront: 50%

Submission information here.

 

More Detailed Descriptions of Each Site

Comixology You Tube Channel

While Comixology didn’t respond to interview requests, there is some further information available about their platform. Comixology was acquired by Amazon in April of 2014.

Most people buy individual titles and issues, but Comixology does have a subscription option, although there isn’t any discount for subscribing to an issue.  They currently have thousands of titles available (7500 individual issues, 700 of which are free) and thousands of individual submit titles available (creator-owned and self published titles, not ones published by big companies like Marvel and DC).

John D. Roberts, cofounder of ComiXology and director of Submit, describes their submit program this way: “Submit has the broadest range of comics and graphic novels possible, and that’s what customers really enjoy about it.  From superhero to queer comics, slice-of-life graphic novels, all-ages manga, and beyond, the readership of Submit titles is as varied as the books submitted.”

If you’re a creator looking to submit your comic to Comixology, it has to meet their quality standards (not outlined on their website).  They say the process should take 3 months minimum, but it can sometimes be longer (6 months or longer) depending on whether the creator meets Comixology’s specifications right away, needs to make changes, or other issues.

The big specifications problem, according to Roberts, is creators producing poor digital quality when converting their files to PDF.  He says that these PDF files often “suffer from artifacting and pixilation, primarily due to excessive compression. Some of the more popular PDF tools have compression defaults that are hard to find and change, and thus we get a ton of files that we can’t use”.  He also reminds creators that they’ll be competing–on Comixology and in general–with big companies that have strong formatting for their digital content.

 

Kindle You Tube Channel

Amazon Kindle also did not respond to interview requests.  

Similar to Comixology, Amazon has content requirements, mainly formatting, that a comic needs to reach to be accepted.

Creators make less for individual issues on Amazon than they do on Comixology, so some people suggest releasing individual issues elsewhere, and then submitting graphic novels to Amazon.  They do admit that submitting individual issues to Amazon is good exposure and increases marketability.

 

Nook You Tube Channel

Barnes and Noble also did not return requests for an interview.  The most current information available is already described above.

 

iBooks Video

iBooks also did not return requests for an interview.

When submitting to iBooks consider this following information about file format, given in the Q and A here: You can submit your work for publication in the iBooks Store as an .ibooks file, where you can sell it or offer it as a free download. You can also export your book from iBooks Author as a PDF, text file, or .ibooks file which you can distribute outside the iBooks Store or through iTunes U.

 

Pulp Free Publishing You Tube Video

 

Tapastic You Tube Video

 

Sellfy Vimeo Video

 

About Scribd Video–interview with CEO and CTO

 

Intro to Gumroad on Vimeo

 

Video Tutorials for Selz

 

 

That’s it!  After 9 detailed parts, my behind-the-scenes look at the making of Rebirth of the Gangster is over!

I hope you enjoyed them all (and if you missed any, click on the links at the beginning of this article): for future news and behind-the-scenes looks, check my website out: cjstandalproductions.com.

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