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Madefire is Shutting Down. Users Must Download Their Comics by the End of April


It’s flown under the radar but Madefire has announced that they have declared insolvency. The digital comic platform entered into the process on April 7 and at some point in the past few days posted the details on their website.

With the announcement, Madefire has said users that customers are encouraged to download purchases from the cloud as future access “may be limited”. Users have until the end of April 2021 to do so.

Madefire was one of the bigger competitors against digital comics platform comiXology when they launched in 2011. Though they had some high-profile announcements, the app never really was much of a challenger filling a very small niche.

You can read Madefire’s complete statement below.


On April 7, 2021, Madefire, Inc. (the “Company” or “Madefire”) entered into an assignment for the benefit of creditors (the “Assignment”), which is a state-level insolvency proceeding similar to bankruptcy. Madefire made a general assignment of its assets to an assignment entity, a California limited liability company by the name of Madefire (assignment for the benefit of creditors), LLC (“Assignee”), an affiliate of Sherwood Partners, Inc.

Due to the uncertainty in this situation, the following actions have been taken: – All new purchases of books have been suspended indefinitely. -All publication of new books has been suspended indefinitely. -Support of and future updates to the Madefire App have been suspended indefinitely. -Access to purchased content stored in the cloud may be limited and therefore customers are encouraged to download all previously purchased content from the cloud onto the Madefire App before the end of April 2021.

Further information with regard to the process may be found on www.proofofclaims.com/Madefire.

Thank you.

There are numerous publishers who had built their digital comics app with Madefire. Archie is one of them and they have announced they’re shutting their app down as well. Below is the publisher’s announcement:

To our valued Archie App customers,

We regret to inform you that the Archie App will cease operations as of 4/28.

We realize this comes as a surprise and we are making every effort to do right by our loyal customer base. We sincerely apologize for this inconvenience.

With that in mind, we are working with our digital partners at ComiXology to offer you a free, one-month trial of their top-flight streaming platform, ComiXology Unlimited, where you can find our entire Archie digital library, day-and-date with its release. You will find almost every comic currently on the Archie App and more via this service, for a lower price than you paid for Archie Unlimited. To sign up, click here.

We are of course aware that many of you have made individual purchases via the app. To make up for the loss of those purchases, we are offering a free digital bundle of Archie Comics titles – including some of our best-selling collections. Some of the titles featured in this bundle include:

Best of Archie Deluxe Vol. 1-4
Best of Betty and Veronica Vol. 1&2
Best of Archie Americana Vol. 1: Golden Age
Best of Archie Americana Vol. 2: Silver Age
Best of Archie Americana Vol. 3: Bronze
Best of Josie and the Pussycats Vol. 1
The Best of Archie Comics: 75 Years, 75 Stories
The Best of Archie Christmas Comics
The Complete Sabrina the Teenage Witch Vol. 1: 1962-1971
The Complete Sabrina the Teenage Witch Vol. 2: 1972-1973
Archie Modern Classics Vol. 1-3
Archie Vol 1-6
… and more

To redeem your download link, please email digital@archiecomics.com (include the email you’ve registered with the Archie App) by June 1, and we will reply with a download link that includes the above titles and more.

If you have any questions, please let us know via the email address linked above.

Thank you for being a valued Archie Comics customer.

Other publishers whose apps were built by Madefire include IDW Publishing who we have not seen an update concerning the issue.

Archie Meets Spotify to Launch New Motion Comics

Archie Comics and Spotify have teamed to adapt the publisher’s critically acclaimed and bestselling comics into a video series streaming live on the music platform. The new six episode series, live now only on Spotify, is the next part of Archie’s continued effort to expand to new audiences and story-telling mediums with its wide array of world famous characters.

The series will be based on the internationally bestselling Archie comic book by writer Mark Waid and artists Fiona Staples, Annie Wu, and Veronica Fish. The series debuted in 2015 and ushered in a new era for Archie and his friends, reintroducing the beloved cast with a modern twist. Each of the first six issues will be adapted into its own motion comic episode, only available on Spotify. The series, entitled “Spotlight Archie — The New Riverdale,” will be created by Madefire, the technology enabled content company specializing in digital and motion comics.

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.

Lion Forge Comes to Madefire

Lion Forge Comics has partnered with Madefire to make the publisher’s growing line of diverse titles available on the Madefire App, starting today.

All Lion Forge titles currently available join the Madefire community, including, Dreamworks Voltron Legendary Defender, the gripping graphic memoir Lighter Than My Shadow, the award-winning Andre the Giant: Closer to Heaven, and the celebrated and inclusive titles in the Catalyst Prime superhero universe! New titles will be available the day of release beginning this Wednesday.

Madefire allows for in-app purchases of new content and never removing readers from the experience. Any purchase made on an individual Madefire account is available to view at no extra cost through Madefire’s cross-platform technology, available on iOS, Android, Windows, as well as Apple TV and Android TV.

An initial selection of Lion Forge titles begins to arrive on the Madefire platform today.

Dark Horse Comes to Madefire

Madefire has announced that it will be bringing a range of best-selling Dark Horse graphic novels to the Madefire platform. Kicking off with a selection of high-profile entertainment franchises, Madefire and Dark Horse also have plans to expand the catalog in 2018.

With an incredible year of announcements behind it, Madefire now carries an impressive selection of new and established classics, Motion Books, video shorts, graphic novels, collected editions, and archived favorites, from industry leaders such as Marvel, DC Comics, Image Comics and many others. Now, the unique Madefire platform is the ideal place to discover and enjoy the great talent and range of legendary Dark Horse graphic fiction.

Image Comics Heads to Madefire

Madefire is teaming up with Image Comics to make available a trove of back catalog titles to the Madefire platform.

Featuring a broad selection of new and established classics, Motion Books, video shorts, graphic novels, collected editions, and archived favorites, Madefire’s unique platform gives fans of Image Comics a new place to discover content on all their devices.

The addition of Image Comics’ iconic catalog is the latest in a spate of content acquisitions for Madefire, including recently inked deals with Marvel Comics, DC Comics, and brings together a vast library of digital works that include over 30,000 comics, graphic novels and Motion Books, produced by the best creators and publishers in the industry, including IDW, TNT, 20th Century FOX, Archie, BOOM!, Blizzard, Valiant, Dynamite, Titan, and more.

Madefire Announces a Collaboration with Magic Leap

Madefire has announced a new collaboration with Magic Leap, developers of a new computing platform that seamlessly blends the physical and digital world.

Madefire and Magic Leap will build a new Mixed Reality experience that will be available exclusively on Magic Leap at launch, that not only allows creators to take publishing in new and exciting directions, but provides users the ability to publish – from the largest franchises to individual artists and authors.

The Madefire App features an incredibly diverse range of content from the history of comic books and graphic novels, plus its proprietary Motion Books technology from brands such as Blizzard Entertainment, DC Comics, Marvel Comics, and Valiant.

Marvel Comes to Madefire

Madefire, a digital comics a platform, announced that, starting today, Marvel Comics is bringing a wide selection of beloved titles to the Madefire app.

Immortalized across the world of entertainment, Marvel’s roster of iconic super heroes and villains, featured in collections likeAmazing Spider-Man: Worldwide Volume 1, Avengers Vs. X-Men, Iron Man: Armor Wars, Civil War, Hulk: Planet Hulk, and Black Widow: S.H.I.E.L.D.’s Most Wanted arrive today on Madefire across a wide range of devices, including iOS, Android and Windows powered hardware.

Featuring a broad selection of new and established classics, Motion Books, video shorts, graphic novels, collected editions, and archived favorites, Madefire’s platform gives Marvel fans a new place to discover digital comics on all their devices.

Marvel Comics appearing on the Madefire platform adds to the 30,000 comics, graphic novels and Motion Books available today. Content is also available from DC Comics, IDW, TNT, 20th Century FOX, Archie, BOOM!, Blizzard, Valiant, Dynamite, Titan, and more.


Madefire Expands With DC Comics on Their Digital Platform

Madefire has announced an extensive line-up of new and back list DC Comics titles will be available on the Madefire App, starting today.

Thousands of titles featuring the world’s greatest Super Heroes from DC’s beloved back catalogue will soon be available on the Madefire App, along with DC’s highly-anticipated new releases starting with Dark Nights: Metal #1. With these expansive additions, the Madefire platform is a one-stop destination for DC fans everywhere!

Comprising the single biggest update of new content since the platform launched, Madefire will host more than 80,000 comics and Motion Books by 2018. Whether catching up with forgotten classics or simply discovering new Super Heroes and Super-Villains, the DC catalogue has something for everyone with amazing adventures only a click away.

Madefire Targets Gaming for Their Future Expansion

Madefire, the digital comics technology company, has announced an initiative to expand its portfolio of content, targeting gaming as an ideal fit for its popular platform following the recent success of the Motion Book series.

Madefire has also announced that industry veteran Jon Middleton has joined the Company as Chief Revenue Officer in a bid to further partner with popular gaming properties for use in future digital comics and Motion Books.

Middleton has held several executive level leadership roles over his 20 years within the gaming industry, specializing in negotiating content development and licensing agreements with gaming’s biggest and most recognized brands. Charged with adding value to the business through partnerships with franchises suitable for use on its unique platform of digital comics and Motion Books, Middleton has been brought on board to grow the business throughout 2017 and beyond.

The idea is to bring the worlds of gaming and comic books closer together, and the platform has already brought Overwatch content to the Madefire platform.


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