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DriveThru Comics’ Hurricane Charity Comic Bundle. $130 of Comics for $20

DriveThru Comics currently has a charity comic bundle benefiting Feeding America. Feeding America is one of the nation’s leading domestic hunger-relief charity. Their mission is to feed America’s hungry through a nationwide network of member food banks and engage the country in the fight to end hunger. Through the assistance of local and national food assistance programs, Feeding America is able to provide nutritious, fresh foods to Americans struggling with hunger; safe and nurturing places for children to have a meal; emergency assistance for disaster victims; as well as a chance at self-sufficiency for adults trying to break the cycle of poverty and hunger.

The bundle includes over $130 worth of digital comics for just $20 from over 20 publishers. Publishers involved include Chapterhouse Comics, Top Cow Productions, Aspen Comics, and many others. Looking over what’s available the bundle is well worth it with some entertaining comics like All New Classic Captain Canuck, The Darkness, Idolized, The Valiant, Valentine: Full Loaded and a lot more.

You can get the bundle now.

Support the Hero Initiative with the Hero Initiative Bundle at DriveThruComics

DriveThruComics has an awesome bundle of comics for us that benefits one of our favorite causes, The Hero Initiative!

The Hero Initiative creates a financial safety net for comic creators who may need emergency medical aid, financial support for essentials of life, and an avenue back into paying work.

The We Love Comics Bundle includes digital comics from Top Cow Productions, 2000 AD, Aspen Comics, Renegade Arts Entertainment, Valiant Comics, Devil’s Due Entertainment, and many, many more! Over $125 worth of digital comics for only $20 with the proceeds going to the Hero Initiative! This Bundle is only available this week, so don’t miss out!

Be sure to spread the word and let other comic fans know how they can help support this great cause!

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Valiant to Release DRM Free Day-and-Date Through DriveThruComics.com

DRIVETHRUCOMICS_logoValiant Entertainment continues to shake things up, and today they have announced a partnership with DriveThruComics.com to make Valiant’s complete library (modern and classic) available as DRM-free digital files. Beginning today, DriveThruComics.com will also offer Valiant’s monthly comics titles as day-and-date new releases and will soon host Valiant’s complete catalog of single issues VALIANT_logoand collections – all in a DRM-free PDF format. This is the first time you can get their comics in this format through a digital service.

To launch this new slate of offerings, head to DriveThruComics.com now to download each of Valiant’s best-selling #1 issues for free for the next 30 days, including:

 

Valiant Joins DriveThru Comics

ValiantLogoIf you’re looking for more options to purchase your digital comics, Valiant Comics has come to DriveThruComics. DriveThru is one of the first digital comics services and provides a DRM free download that has a watermark as security instead.

Valiant has been kicking but since their return with successful comics based on X-O Manowar, Bloodshot, Shadowman, Eternal Warrior and more.

Here’s some of the comics that have arrived to the site:

  • Archer & Armstrong #1 – After years of training, Obadiah Archer has been dispatched to New York City to root out and kill the infamous Great Satan of his parents’ sect.
  • Bloodshot #1 – You are the shade of gray that freedom requires. The perfect confluence of military necessity and cutting-edge technology.
  • Harbinger #1 – Read minds. Bend steel. Break all the rules. Teenager Pete Stanchek is out of work, on the skids, and – unbeknownst to him – a psionic-powered “harbinger” with the potential to reshape the course of human history.
  • Quantum and Woody! #1 – Go big or go home, folks! Quantum and Woody are coming! And the action-packed, zeitgeist-shredding exploitation stunt comic you demanded is here at last.

If you want to check out what this digital comic service is like, you can currently get Unity #1 for FREE right now!

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Support Doctors Without Borders with DriveThru Comics

121644-thumb140With the images of the devastation of the Philippines by Typhoon Haiyan being beamed around the world, digital distributor DriveThru Comics, DriveThru RPG and DriveThru Fiction is making it easier to help support relief efforts. They have added a Pay What You Want donation option to benefit Doctors Without Borders allowing buyers to chip in money that will go directly to the organization and relief efforts.

Emergency teams from Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) arrived in Cebu, the Philippines, on November. 9. They have not yet been able to assess the full extent of the needs as access to the areas affected by Typhoon Haiyan is extremely difficult. Tacloban airport has been destroyed, many of the roads are blocked and it is almost impossible to make telephone calls. These conditions will inevitably hamper the needs assessment and the delivery of humanitarian aid.

drive thru logoMSF is strengthening its teams with an additional 30 people including medical personnel, logisticians and psychologists arriving in the coming days. MSF is also sending 200 tons of medical and relief items, which will arrive in Cebu within the next three days. A first cargo plane will leave from Dubai tomorrow, and a second will depart Belgium on Tuesday. The humanitarian cargo includes medical kits for treating wounded, material for medical consultations, tetanus vaccines, and relief items such as tents and hygiene kits.

You can donate directly to Doctors Without Borders while shopping for your favorite RPGs and eBooks.

Please support this cause. Our thoughts and hearts go out to everyone affected by this terrible storm.

DriveThru Comics on Being DRM Free Since 2005

With all the comics blogosphere abuzz about Image‘s decision to go DRM free, we reached out to DriveThru Comics for a statement. The digital comics platform has been DRM free, and offering publishers that option for almost a decade.

Matt McElroy who works for the company had this to say.

It is true that we’ve been DRM free since 2005 and while we do offer publishers an optional watermarking service for their PDF files, it is not a requirement and publishers can choose whether to use it or not as they see fit for their comics. Also, while PDF is still the most popular format on our site, we’ve carried CBZ, ePub and other formats if the publisher has those files available. We’re thrilled to work with publishers big and small and we have a special love for creator owned properties.

While Image might be the highest profile and biggest publisher to date, many others, including DriveThru have been pioneering for years when it comes to this.

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Image Expo 2013: Image Drops the Mic & Gives the Middle Finger Part 1

During Image Expo yesterday, Image Comics dropped the mic and raised a middle finger to others when it comes to digital comics. The publisher announced they’d start selling comics directly through the newly revamped Image Comics website. The bombshell was that these comics would be DRM free, snubbing their nose at digital comic industry leader comiXology as well as iBooks and other digital comic platforms. Readers can also choose the file format they prefer: PDFs, EPUBs, CBRs or CBZs. The comic blogosphere was quick to praise without really diving into the details.

The announcement was followed up with a puff piece on Wired.com which I normally expect good tech journalism from. Instead the article begins with an incorrect and misleading title, “For the First Time, You Can Actually Own the Digital Comics You Buy.” The fact is, this isn’t the “first time” this option has been available. The article by Laura Hudson overlooks DriveThru Comics which has been a DRM free platform that has existed for over a decade (comics has been about 7 or 8 years) and offers some Image Comics (Top Cow is often featured). By claiming Image is “the first major U.S. publisher” to offer this is a slap in the face of DriveThru, Top Cow, Archaia and others who offer their comics through that service and clearly haven’t received the attention or praise they deserve.

But, that “exclusive” article is little more than an extended press release that treads more in fear than facts and goes nowhere near actual questions and details. Things we as fans, and most importantly consumers, need to know when weighing how and where to spend our dollars.

Working in the tech sector, I thought it’d be nice to dissect this move by Image weighing the good and bad. We were an early voice in the arena of digital comics having brought up issues when it comes to ownership of digital comics in 2011. And having consistently fought for consumer rights (*cough* SOPA and PIPA *cough*), this only seemed appropriate.

DO YOU REALLY OWN THE DOWNLOAD?

The Supreme Court recently ruled on the First Sale Doctrine which gives us the right to resell legally purchased items. Looking through the Terms and Conditions I found nothing on this or addressing ownership, the digital store was sparse with details. As I “own” these digital comics, just like a print edition, I should be able to resell the digital copy. And when I do that, what then? Do I need to delete my digital copy?

This is a very important question because if the answer is “no” then I don’t really own the digital copy and this announcement and praise is a bit exaggerated. We’ve followed up with Image Comics to clarify this point and will update this article when we receive a response.

The only terms and conditions we found were for the Image website. They’ll need to lay out exactly the digital rights we as purchaser get when we make a digital purchase. Anything short of allowing us to lend, trade, or resell is in fact not “ownership” and is in reality limited digital rights.

TERMS OF SERVICE?

The Image website terms of service covers all items under the Image website, which would most likely include their Digital Comics store which resides at https://www.imagecomics.com/store/comics. The terms of service states:

All information contained within ImageComics.com is protected under U.S. copyright laws. All rights reserved. ImageComics.com’s content may only be reproduced, without alteration, for distribution in print or electronically if permission has been granted by ImageComics.com. This includes all hidden text displayed within our source code.

Since the store falls under the website, then digital comics would count as content. Therefore it flies in the face of the First Sale Doctrine and true ownership. Selling the digital copy could be construed as “distribution.” The claims made in the Wired article are exaggerated and hyperbolic in nature.

CONCLUSION PART 1

We in fact do not “own” these digital copies in the traditional sense that we do physical printed copies. We most likely can’t resell these comics on eBay or lend them to friends or give it away. But, having gone through the purchasing process myself, there is no terms stated at the time of the purchase, so all I can go off of are those of the website which haven’t been updated to reflect this new offering.

We’ve reached out to Image for comment, but so far we’re looking at a lot of hype that’s not backed up by facts.

Be on the lookout for Part 2 later today.

Asylum Press Releases FREE Retrowood: H.I. or L.O. #1 Digital Comic

retrowood_hiorlo_1_cover_200pxAsylum Press has released Mike Vosburg’s crime comic, Retrowood: H.I. or L.O. #1 (of 2) for free on all digital platforms.

The environment is faux Depression era Hollywood, complete with snarling gangsters in snappy suits, the untouchable wealthy , corruptible starlets in sleek revealing gowns, and elegantly designed automobiles set against the poverty and despair of the average joe. And in the middle of all this a world of celluloid dreams is being created. Private detective J. Parker Wrighte, is on an upwardly mobile career path from his lowly dust bowl beginnings, but finding that every advancement comes with cost and compromise. Working for the Kinchay Agency, Parker is investigating a case for Louis Orwell, one of the most powerful men in Retrowood; but at every turn he is continually dragged back into contact with his past, beginning with the murder of his best friend from childhood, Henry Irving. Drunken priests, sadistic nuns, nymphomaniacal wives, with basketball and gambling thrown in…. How can you go wrong with that?

Retrowood: H.I. or L.O. #1(of 2) is available for free on Comixology, ComicsPlus, Graphicly, My Digital Comics, DriveThruComics, AVE-Comics and can be found on on iPad, iPhone, Android devices, Mac, and PC.

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