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eBay and Madefire Announce a Digital Comics Partnership

eBay has announced a new partnership with Madefire to expand its comic offerings to again include digital comics and “Motion Books.” This new partnership gives eBay shoppers access to digital comic books, adding to a selection that already tops millions of comic book listings from rare high-graded books to new releases.

Today, ten digital comic bundles will be released with the launch of Madefire’s eBay store. The bundles include a diverse range of publishers – including DC Comics, IDW Publishing, Image Comics, Dark Horse Comics and Archie Comics – with up to 86% off.

The limited-time digital comic bundles include:
● DC Comics – Injustice: Gods Among Us Year One – Daily Deals Price: $9.99
● DC Comics – Injustice: Gods Among Us Year Two – Daily Deals Price: $9.99
● IDW Publishing – Transformers: Punishment Series – Daily Deals Price: $0.99
● IDW Publishing – My Little Pony: Friendship is Magical – Daily Deals Price: $9.99
● IDW Publishing – Star Trek: City on the Edge of Forever – Daily Deals Price: $0.99
● Image Comics – Spawn Origins: Resurrection and Satan Saga Wars – Daily Deals Price: $9.99
● Image Comics – Saga Digital Comics Bundle – Daily Deals Price: $9.99
● Dark Horse Comics – American Gods Shadows – Daily Deals Price: $9.99
● Dark Horse Comics – Black Hammer Issues #1-12 – Daily Deals Price: $9.99
● Archie Comics – Greatest Hits – Daily Deals Price: $9.99

All digital comic bundles sold on eBay will be available for interactive viewing within the Madefire app.

In 2013 eBay and comiXology announced a similar deal launching a store dedicated to digital comics. Those comics too were read through the comiXology app. That deal looks like it expired some time in 2014 according to the Internet Archive lasting only a couple of months.

eBay data reveals decade’s most popular fandoms

A set of data released by eBay today has revealed a quantifiable list of the fifteen most popular fandoms over the last decade. The data was calculated based on the number of worldwide eBay sales per franchise from the years 2006 to 2015. Also included was a list of 2015’s most popular franchises, based on growth in sales.

The results may (or may not) surprise you.

Biggest Franchises of All Time eBay Data

Star Wars sits comfortably at #1, with a nearly $380m lead over Batman, which holds the #2 position. Transformers rounds out the top three most popular franchises over the last decade, followed by Pokémon and Star Trek sliding into the top five. Superman, Harry Potter, The Legend of Zelda, The Walking Dead, and Lord of the Rings make it into the top ten franchises, and Naruto, Game of Thrones, Doctor Who, X-Men, and South Park finish out the list.

In terms of sales velocity,

  • One Star Wars item is sold every 14 seconds
  • One Pokémon item is sold every 28 seconds
  • One Batman item is sold every 37 seconds
  • One Transformers item is sold every 60 seconds
  • One Superman item is sold every 72 seconds
  • One Harry Potter item is sold every 75 seconds

Since the launch of Pokémon Go, the franchise’s average sales over the last decade have increased by 57 percent. One Pokémon-related item is now sold every 12 seconds.

Highest Growth Franchises in Last Year eBay Data

This year’s most popular franchises are Mr. Robot, with a growth that’s up 414 percent from last year. Preacher is up 288 percent and Suicide Squad follows with 160 percent growth. Deadpool gained another 155 percent in terms of fan growth, and Game of Thrones nearly doubled its buying on eBay. The rest of the top ten includes Captain America, Superman, X-Men, Transformers, and Batman, and Star Wars, Pokémon, Star Trek, Dr. Strange, and Harry Potter all fall in the top fifteen.

Around the Tubes

It’s new comic book day! What’s got everyone excited for?

Around the Tubes

Nothing But Comics – Why is eBay Removing Listings for Marvel’s Digital Codes? – Very strange. We’re definitely looking into this!

The Beat – Digital imprint Comicker launches with five series – Congrats!

CBLDF – Ecuadorian Cartoonist Bonil Fined by His Government and Threatened by ISIS – Very sad to see.


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Bleeding Cool – Hellbreak #1

If a Digital Comics Service Closes and No One Notices….

In December 2013 it was announced that eBay was teaming up with comiXology to launch a digital comic book store. There was to be a test launch of the service in Europe at some point in this year, as well as eBay moving into selling other goods like music and movies.

I honestly had forgotten about the service completely, and didn’t give it much of a thought since that launch until I noticed today someone clicked to check it out. I decided to follow-up, not having a clue what the link was for, and came to a screen that the service was down/on hold, or in their own words, “out saving the world.”

I decided to dig a bit, and it looks like the service has been down since about April 2014, which is around the same time period it was announced that Amazon was purchasing comiXology. For all the reporting on that purchase, it looks like it’s impact on the eBay/comiXology deal was overlooked….. doh! I guess we’ll see if it returns again in some updated form.


eBay and comiXology Team Up for a Digital Comic Store

While eBay dominates the auction space, it doesn’t mean they’re not looking for ways to diversify their portfolio. Part of the eBay Innovations Group, they have launched a marketplace for digital comics with a limited beta in the U.S. dubbed “eBay Digital Comics.” Much like you’d find from numerous storefronts, you are now able to purchase digital comics from eBay through a partnership with comiXology, the leader in digital comics distribution.

The digital webstore allows you to view collections by characters, collections, new releases and other spotlight material. The navigation is interesting and kind of fun, and you wonder what lessons for website comiXology might use in their own webstore. You’ll need to create a comiXology account or use your existing one, since when you select a comic, you’re taken to their store.

It’s reported that next year, a test will be launched in Europe and it’s logical extension would be eBay moving into other entertainment like movies, books, or music.


(via TechCrunch)

Hoboken Man Reports Rare Comics Stolen

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New Jersey Online reports that on Tuesday about $250 in rare collector’s edition comic books were stolen Tuesday from the hallway of a Hoboken man’s apartment building.  The man told police he ordered rare comics including The Hulk, Iron Man and Aquaman through eBay.  They were shipped priority mail to his address by the U.S. Postal Service, arriving around 1 p.m., he told police.  When the man came home he found an opened package, and no comics.

The building has no cameras or security and the investigation is ongoing.  Lesson here is to buy insurance, or require a signature when dropping a wad of cash ordering online.

Get a Comic Character Named After You for Charity

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Mark Millar SuperiorSay what you will about Mark Millar, but the man is dedicated to raising money for his brother’s charity.  He’s at it again, this time allowing to bid and have your name be the main character’s in his upcoming comic Superior.

Following in the footsteps of his auctions for the lead roles in Kick-Ass and Nemesis, Millar has pledged to give everything he can raise here and more towards a special needs unit in a school where his brother, Dr Bobby Millar, has been raising cash for handicapped children for several years.

“Resources are tight at all schools and hospitals in the current economic climate, but we had great success with the Kick-Ass and Nemesis auctions, and hopefully we can raise a similar sum again with this opportunity. To star as a comic-book hero is pretty cool and the intense movie-studio and production-company interest for “Superior” should bode well that whoever wins this auction will get their name out there in many other media too. Dave Lizewski is now an action figure and movie icon as well as a comic-book character and both Matt Anderson and Blake Morrow are delighted to find themselves as the leads in the upcoming Tony Scott adaptation of Nemesis. This could be your big chance and whatever money I receive from the auction will be added to with a private donation of my own and given to the school to celebrate the new term ahead.”

Be sure to bid for your chance to be Millarworld’s next big hit!

Again, a fantastic use of comics, and we applaud Millar for doing this not once, but now a total of three times.  Just great to see.

Head over to ebay to get your bid in which ends on September 9.

Get Your Copies of Captain America 602 Now

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While you’re out grabbing you’re new comics this week, you might as well tuck away some extra copies of Captain America #602.  Marvel has stated they are caving into the Tea Party outrage over the issue and will be altering any future printings.

Rich Johnston over at Bleeding Cool has tracked that already the issues are rising in value.  For those speculators out there, tuck some away, or turn and burn for some quick cash.

Another Nemesis Auction For Charity

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NemesisMark Millar recently auctioned off the chance to name the hero to his upcoming series Nemesis.  The auction netted $8,400 and the winner was art director Blake Morrow.  The fundraiser helped to fund Mark Millar’s brother’s attempt to buy a bus for disabled children he works with.

Now Millar is auctioning off the villain’s name on Ebay as well.

In 2008, Mark Millar made comic-book history when he offered fans a chance to be the superhero, Kick-Ass! Last week, Mark Millar again gave fans the opportunity to be the hero of his upcoming new series, “Nemesis,” drawn by best-selling artist Steve McNiven. “Nemesis” is about the fight between America’s smartest cop and the world’s one and only super-villain.Now that America’s smartest cop has a name, Dynamic Forces will once again host an auction for “Nemesis,” but this time the winner’s name will be used as the secret identity of the villainous Nemesis! And again all proceeds raised from this once-in-a-lifetime event will go directly into a special fund that will assist handicapped children.

“Can I just say a huge thank you to everyone who participated in the first auction,” said Mark Millar. “The kids and staff at my brother’s school were delighted and the $8,400 raised means a quarter of their target has been reached already. I had chosen a good secret identity for Nemesis himself, but it seems almost selfish not to auction this now too and possibly reach the halfway line the kids need for this bus. I’m amazed how much cash was raised the first time around, but am hoping the auction to name the TITLE character raises even more. Dave Lizewski loves the fact he’s the lead in the Kick-Ass comic, movie and upcoming video-game and I’m hoping whoever wins this new auction is equally delighted. A huge thanks to them for finding the cash in these difficult times.”

“I’d like to say thank you to the readers of Mark’s comic books and to all those who have supported this cause by participating in the Nemesis auction,” stated Bobby Millar. “The money raised will go a long way towards helping the school buy a much-needed minibus for our youngsters. Many thanks also to the team behind the auction who have volunteered their talents in order to make the auction a huge success!” ,p>Millar has had amazing success with his creator-owned characters being picked up for movies and it was only a few years ago that Dave Lizewski was immortalized as the winning bidder for the Kick-Ass auction. Now, Dave will now be immortalized forever in comic books, movies, and upcoming video games and toys. Be sure to bid at (Insert Link) for one day only for your chance to be the next Dave Lizewski!

So get bidding, it’s FREE SHIPPING!

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