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PSP Comic Book Store New Releases – 1/14/10


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From the Playstation Comics Blog, here’s the list of the latest update to the PSP comic book store.

2000AD Prog #1662 2000AD 18+
Army of Two #1 IDW 12+
Blade (2006) #1-#6 Marvel 12+
Daredevil (1998) #87-#89 Marvel 12+
Donald Duck and Daisy Duck in: “Donald and Duckolde” Disney 3+
Donald Duck and the Cathode Champion Disney 3+
G.I. Joe: Cobra #3 IDW 12+
G.I. Joe Origins #4 Disney 12+
Locke & Key: Welcome to Lovecraft #3 IDW 17+
Mickey Mouse and the Portable Tele-Transporter Disney 3+
Superduck #4: Days of Future Past Disney 3+
The Avengers (1998) #68-#76 Marvel 9+
The Incredible Hulk (1962) #1-#6 Marvel 3+
Uncanny X-Men (2003) #462-#473 Marvel 9+
Wizards of Mickey #2: The Dolmen Swamp Disney 3+
Wormwood: Gentleman Corpse #0: The Taster IDW 17+
Wormwood: Gentleman Corpse #6: It Only Hurts When I Pee #2 IDW 17+

PSP Comic Book Store New Releases – 1/7/10


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Here are the new releases for the Playstation Portable comic book store this week according to the Playstation Comics website.

The Avengers (1998) #56 – #67 Marvel     9+
Locke and Key: Welcome to Lovecraft #2 IDW     17+
Nanovor: Game Day #2 IDW     9+
Paranormal Activity: The Search for Katie IDW     12+
Star Trek: Countdown #1 – #4 IDW     12+
Transformers: All Hail Megatron #8 IDW     12+
Wormwood: Gentlemen Corpse #5: It Only Hurts When I Pee IDW     17+
Doubleduck Disney     3+
Fethry Duck and the Ghost Writer Disney     3+
Mickey Mouse in “War of the Worlds” Disney     3+
Superduck: Robber Against His Will Disney     3+
X-Mickey: The Day of the Forget-Me-Rats Disney     3+
2000AD Prog #1661 2000AD     15+
Civil War (2006) #1 – #7 Marvel     12+
Daredevil (1998) #81-#86 Marvel     12+
GI Joe: Cobra #2 IDW     12+
GI Joe: Cobra #3 IDW     12+

PSP Comic Store New Releases

Wednesday is new comic days in brick and mortar stores as well as the new digital front provided by the Playstation Portable Comic Book store.  At launch, Sony had 550 comic books available and over a dozen free issues to check out.  This weeks releases are:

NORTH AMERICA

* 2000AD Prog #1660 ($1.99)
* Ghost Rider (2005) #1-6 ($1.99 each)
* G.I. Joe: Cobra #1 ($0.99)
* G.I. Joe Origins #1-2 ($0.99 each)
* Locke & Key: Welcome to Lovecraft #1 ($0.99)
* Nanovor #1 ($0.99)
* The Fantastic Four (1961) #1-15 ($1.99 each)
* The Mighty Avengers (2007) #1-6 ($1.99 each)
* Transformers: All Hail Megatron #7 ($1.99)
* Wormwood: Gentleman Corpse: Birds, Bees, Blood & Beer #1-4 ($0.99 each)

EUROPE

* Ghost Rider (2005) #1 : The Road To Damnation #1- #6 – Marvel (£1.19/€1.49) Ages 15+
* The Fantastic Four (1961) #1 – #15 – Marvel (£1.19/€1.49) Ages 3+
* The Mighty Avengers (2007) #1 – #6 – Marvel (£1.19/€1.49) Ages 9+
* 2000AD Prog #1660 – 2000AD (£1.19/€1.49) Ages 15+
* Locke and Key: Welcome to Lovecraft #1 – IDW (£0.79/€0.99) Ages 17+
* Nanovor: Game Day #1 – IDW (£0.79/€0.99) Ages 9+
* Transformers: All Hail Megatron #7 – IDW (£1.19/€1.49) Ages 12+
* Wormwood: Gentleman Corpse #1 : Birds, Bees, Blood & Beer #1 – #4 – ID (£0.79/€0.99) Ages 17+

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IDW Breaks Ground in PSP Comics

When we did our review of the new PSP comic service we mentioned some of the possibilities of what we might see down the road, including use of the PSP vibration, audio for commentary or readings, and the introduction of motion comics.

Well, it looks we can expect audio to be incorporated first.  We’ve been sitting on this one, first noticing it on Twitter a week or so ago. Wormwood will feature commentary from artist Ben Templesmith.

IDW first leaked the idea (or at least where I noticed it) on Twitter, the popular micro blogging site.  You can see the progression of how they went about it through their official Twitter account.  You can find their tweets, here, here, here, here, here, here, and here.

What’s impressive is not only is IDW pushing technology with something we’d expect in movie DVD’s, but also opening it up to the public to include questions they’d like answered.  The transparency for and inclusion of their fans is something every comic book publisher should be striving towards.

To catch all the news IDW has on Twitter you can follow them at, http://twitter.com/idwpublishing.

PSP Comics Service Launches Today

Wednesdays are special for comic book fans.  It’s the day when new comics hit the shelves of our favorite stores.  It’s only appropriate that SONY has decided to officially launch their Comic Book Store.

The comic store goes live at 5PM GMT in Ireland, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa. North America will get noon West Coast time.  Here’s a list of some of the comics you can expect to find:

  • 2000AD – Featuring Judge Dredd, Durham Red…
  • Disney – Follow the adventures of Mickey Mouse, Scrooge McDuck, Donald Duck….
  • IDW – Astro Boy, Transformers, Star Trek, Wormwood…
  • Insomnia – Burke & Hare, Cages, Cancer Town… Insomnia and Geek Syndicate are also running a competition
  • iVerse – Who bring us content from Ape Entertainment, Archie Comics, Dabel Brothers, Image & Red 5.
  • Marvel – Astonishing X-Men, Captain America, Fantastic Four, Iron Man, The Amazing Spider-Man
  • Titan – Wallace & Gromit

I expected an announcement before launch that DC comics would be added to the line but that’s just not the case (DC get with the times!).

You can read our review of the service here. And you can keep up with all of the PSP comics news at their official Twitter account, http://twitter.com/psncomics.

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Comics on PSP Review

On December 15 the full digital comics service will launch for the Playstation Portable (PSP).  Thanks to IDW Publishing, folks have been able to download 4 free comics (see below for the codes) and try out the service before it officially launches.  Here’s our official review of where the service stands so far.

How it Works:

You need to create an account with the Playstation Store and download the Comic Book Reader App.  This will add it to the cross media bar under the + section.

You then download comics out of the Playstation Store and the items are downloaded and saved in either your PSP’s internal memory (if you have a GO) or on a memory stick.  The comics are fairly small in size, the four trial ones ranged in size from 24 mb to 45 mb.

You launch the reader through the PSP’s cross media bar and are prompted to a nice screen that tells you how many comics you have, how many are unread, and any bookmarks you’ve made.

You make your comic selection by thumbing through the covers of your purchases which I’d imagine will get tedious with a large collection.  Before selecting the comic you’re given a summary of the issue and any credits.  To thumb through the issue you use the ← → directional buttons and the issue automatically takes you to the next spot it wants you to look at.  You can also use the thumb knob to move the screen where ever you’d like.  You in effect are taken on a “rails” version of reading following where the creator wants you to look.

The following is our thoughts on our whole experience.

The Good:

Screen/Presentation -The PSP screen is crisp and bright making the colors look vibrant and text easy to read.  The virtual flipping of the issues is a nice touch giving a brief experience of taking in the issue as a whole.  Your guide through reading zooms in on the area you’re expected to read, so you never have to worry about controlling the experience yourself other than clicking left or right.

Easy of Use -The system is intuitive and tends to prompt you as to what you need to do.

Portability -Comics on the go, how can you not like it!?  If you take a metro/subway it’s a perfect way to read your comics and not have to worry about them getting ruined.  You are also spared the “embarrassment” of reading comics in public if that sort of thing bothers you.  At about 30 mb a piece you can also fit quite a few on the fairly cheap memory sticks for the PSP.  Also, if you really want to read comics and don’t have the space to keep a collection this is an easy way to keep up and not be forced to deal with long boxes, mylar, and backing boards.

Use of the PSP extras – There’s lots of potential to use the PSP’s other materials.  You can listen to music while reading (or the publisher could give you a soundtrack or voice acting), there’s the possibility of using the PSP’s rumble as well.  I’d love to see sections hyperlink to websites and provide FAQ’s on characters in the stories much like you’d see reference to earlier comics (ex: see ASM #243).  I’d also expect to see motion comics like DC’s Watchmen or Marvel’s Spider-woman.

The Middle:

Price – Going by how much digital comics cost on other services I’d expect $1.99 on average for issues, which is much cheaper than to $2.99 to $4.99 you’d see on shelves.  But in an age of the $0.99 song digital comics are more priced around television show prices.  Compared to that, it seems expensive.  I’d be more comfortable with $0.99 an issue, just seems right.  But, you also have the option of purchasing digital back issues that might cost much more or only be available in trade paperbacks as another option.  There’s good with the bad in this case.

The Bad:

Screen – The screen is crisp but small, forcing you to look at where you’re reading and never really allowing you to soak in the full beautiful artwork.  On a tablet the size would be much closer to a real size comic book and the experience might be better.  This focuses you more into the story and less towards the artwork.

PSP only -You’re not able to use the service on your PS3 which would allow me to read issues on my 32″ high-def television.  A shame, as I’d love to see some of my favorite characters in high-def action.  You’re limited to your items being on the PSP, maybe I want to read them on my computer, or tv, or ipod?  Currently that’s not an option and I’m not re-purchasing them on other services.

Limited Downloads – You are currently limited to downloading items 5 times through the Playstation store.  So, it’s not like you’re given unlimited use of your purchases.  I’d imagine this extends to digital comics but I’m not positive.

The Verdict:

I was pleasantly surprised by my experience with the PSP’s digital comic service.  In a go I can see myself buying a few issues or graphic novel to read on a trip if I was bored, and for me see this as more of an impulsive buy.  I enjoy having physical materials in my hands so the inability to turn the pages myself, having paper in my hands, and not seeing the art as a whole prevent me from truly embracing the experience.  But for a newer generation, they might not mind the lack of a “physical” medium as much as I did.  And it all comes down to price, if issues are free or $1, I can see myself giving a digital issue a try I might not be willing to spend $3 or $4 on at a store.

There’s also the ability to download the items where ever you have an internet connection as opposed to the limited brick and mortar stores that still carry comics.  In the end, I expect we’ll see a lot more than just static pages as companies explore this new product more and at the point who knows what they may have in store for us.

If you have a PSP and would like to try the service yourself IDW Publishing has provided codes to be redeemed and allow you to download free issues:

  • Transformers: All Hail Megatron #1 – code: EC2N-9HBR-HJD6
  • Star Trek Year Four: The Enterprise Experiment #1 – code: 724K-A4BG-JLD7
  • Aleister Arcane #1 – code: 63N8-R2BF-9E4D
  • Astro Boy: Movie Adaptation #1 – code: FF3N-H7B6-M2JF

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PSP Comic News and Two More Comics Free

SONY has announced some of the publishers you can expect to see when their comic service for the Playstation Portable launches in mid-December.  Over on their blog a member of their staff goes over the list:

  • 2000AD – Featuring Judge Dredd, Durham Red…
  • Disney – Follow the adventures of Mickey Mouse, Scrooge McDuck, Donald Duck….
  • IDW – Astro Boy, Transformers, Star Trek, Wormwood…
  • Insomnia – Burke & Hare, Cages, Cancer Town… Insomnia and Geek Syndicate are also running a competition
  • iVerse – Who bring us content from Ape Entertainment, Archie Comics, Dabel Brothers, Image & Red 5.
  • Marvel – Astonishing X-Men, Captain America, Fantastic Four, Iron Man, The Amazing Spider-Man
  • Titan – Wallace & Gromit

Straight off the bat the biggest thing to notice is DC comics isn’t represented in this listing.  DC has been a little behind the curve when it comes to digital comics and hasn’t quite embraced them as Marvel or other companies has.  Here’s hoping we see their inclusion in future announcements along with Image, Dark Horse and others.

Two more comics are also being provided for an early preview of the service from IDW Publishing.

  • Transformers: All Hail Megatron #1 – code: EC2N-9HBR-HJD6
  • Star Trek Year Four: The Enterprise Experiment #1 – code: 724K-A4BG-JLD7
  • Aleister Arcane #1 – code: 63N8-R2BF-9E4D
  • Astro Boy: Movie Adaptation #1 – code: FF3N-H7B6-M2JF

All four books are worth the read and they’re free!  Thank you IDW Publishing for embracing technology and providing these books.

We’ll be bringing you a full review of the service later this week.

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Get Some Free Digital Comics on the PSP

The latest PSP firmware update (6.20) added the Digital Comics Reader to the PSP XMB.  The Playstation Network comic service will be coming to the United States in December.

To promote the new service SONY is offering a free issue of Star Trek: Year Four – The Enterprise Experiment from their partners at IDW Publishing. Once you download the free Digital Reader, visit PlayStation Store on the PSP and enter the following promotion code:

724K-A4BG-JLD7

This code is valid until December 16, 2009 and must be redeemed directly on the PSP (not through PS3 or Media Go).

You should also check out www.playstationcomics.com for more information. For those of you interested in another free issue check out PlayStation’s Twitter account and you’ll find another redeemable code there.

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Read Comic Books on Your PSP

A few months ago Marvel comics and SONY announced they’d be releasing Marvel’s digital comics line to be downloaded and read on SONY’s PSP.

With the latest firmware update, 6.20, allows access to the Comic Reader application.  However, the Comic Reader app isn’t available yet.  That PSP, such a tease.  The Comic Reader application is a separate application that allows you to download and read comic books from the SONY PSP store.

This move by SONY is one of many to make the PSP more enticing than just a portable video game platform.  I can foresee the Comic Reader application being expanded to deliver magazines or books making the PSP into a Kindle competitor.

We’ll see how easy it is to enjoy and read comic books on the PSP when the application fully launches.

Marvel Comics Now Available on iPhone

Following the news that Marvel comics will be available for Sony’s PSP, Marvel comics recently announced their comic library would be available for the Apple iPhone.

Marvel has announced there are now four different apps available that deliver individual issues to iPhone users.

Consumers in many locales have a choice of comic shops in which to buy their comics so we wanted to offer fans the same variety of digital storefronts to be able to purchase and consume Marvel comics,” explained Ira Rubenstein, Executive Vice President, Marvel Digital Media. “It’s all about giving the consumer the best experience possible and the widest possible choice.”

Marvel is pushing new technology as a delivery method for their publications not only with the iPhone and PSP, but also their Marvel Digital Comics Unlimited service.

“As technology grows, the ways fans can consume our comics must expand as well,” Rubenstein said. “We’re very cognizant of that and will continue to explore avenues to offer the widest variety of fun ways for fans to read Marvel comics. Stay tuned for announcements coming soon regarding not only more iPhones apps, but ways to enjoy Marvel digital comics on other devices!”

Now, we just need an Apple tablet to be able to read the comics at full size.

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