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Valiant Comes to iVerse's ComicsPlus with Complete Digital Comics Library

6:00 PM, Tuesday, August 5th, 2014 - Posted by Chuck Moore

Award-winning publisher will also participate in new library distribution platform as part of their growing educational outreach.

Leading digital comics provider iVerse Media announced today they have teamed with award-winning comic book publisher Valiant Entertainment to bring Valiant's complete library of modern and classic content - including X-O Manowar, Bloodshot, Archer & Armstrong, Shadowman, Rai, and many more - to iVerse's ComicsPlus app and affiliated platforms. Effective immediately, iVerse will offer Valiant's monthly comics titles day-and-date via the ComicsPlus app, and will soon host Valiant's complete catalog of comics and collections.

To launch their newly announced partnership, iVerse is also now offering each of Valiant's best-selling #1 issues for free on the ComicsPlus app throughout the month of August. Visit Valiant's publisher page here for more information.

Established in 1989, Valiant has sold over 80 million comic books, and today its characters continue to be forged in publishing, licensing, film, video games, and beyond. Since its summer 2012 publishing relaunch, Valiant has returned to the fore as one of the most commercially and critically successful independent publishers in the industry today with an initial slate of titles that included X-O Manowar by New York Times best-selling writer Robert Venditti and Eisner Award-winning artist Cary Nord; Harbinger by New York Times best-selling writer Joshua Dysart and Harvey Award-nominated artist Khari Evans; and Archer & Armstrong by the New York Times best-selling creative team of writer Fred Van Lente and artist Clayton Henry.

After multiple Publisher of the Year awards and nominations, including a 2012 Diamond Gem Award for Publisher of the Year, Valiant ventured even farther in 2013 with the debut of its first crossover event, Harbinger Wars, and the release of Unity #1 by writer Matt Kindt and artist Doug Braithwaite - the year's highest charting debut issue from a non-premier publisher with sales in excess of 70,000 copies. This May, Valiant followed up with "Valiant First" - an all-new line of titles led by the smash-hit ongoing series, Rai, and its biggest crossover event to date, Armor Hunters. Most recently, on the heels of 16 nominations at this year's Harvey Awards, the publisher has announced The Valiant - a prestige format mini-series from New York Times best-selling writers Jeff Lemire and Matt Kindt with art by Eisner Award winner Paolo Rivera beginning this December.

Valiant will be the latest publisher to join the rapidly expanding offerings of the ComicsPlus app from iVerse Media.

"Valiant has been consistently producing some of the best comics in the industry since their relaunch in 2012," said iVerse Media founder and CEO Michael Murphey. "We could not be more proud to make their remarkable catalog and amazing characters available in ComicsPlus."

In addition to the ComicsPlus app and website, Valiant's titles will be made available to librarians and their patrons everywhere via the ComicsPlus: Library Edition app, which makes thousands of high-quality titles accessible to school and library patrons on any device, anywhere, and at any time.

"Valiant's number one priority is to make our characters and content available to the largest audience possible, and, via our new partnership with iVerse, we have an incredibly exciting and important new channel to continue that mission," said Valiant Publisher Fred Pierce. "With a potential readership that's measured in the millions, we hope to win over even more fans to some of the most critically acclaimed comic books being produced anywhere today, just as we have month in and month out in comic book stores around the world."

Valiant titles are available now on the ComicsPlus iOS and Android apps, and via their website comicsplusapp.com.

Source: Valiant


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Alan Moore Starts the Electricomics App

8:00 PM, Wednesday, May 28th, 2014 - Posted by John Wilson

Alan Moore will launch a new Electricomics app.

The "comic book and an easy-to-use open source toolkit" will feature work from top creators including Garth Ennis, Colleen Doran, Nicola Scott, Jose Villarrubia, Pete Hogan, Peter Snejbjerg, Paul Davidson, Simon Bowland, Leah Moore, John Reppion and Todd Klein.

The free, open source platform is intended for use by industry professionals, businesses, arts organisations and fans.

"Personally, I can't wait," said Moore in a statement. "With Electricomics, we are hoping to address the possibilities of comic strips in this exciting new medium, in a way that they have never been addressed before.

"Rather than simply transferring comic narrative from the page to the screen, we intend to craft stories expressly devised to test the storytelling limits of this unprecedented technology. To this end we are assembling teams of the most cutting edge creators in the industry and then allowing them input into the technical processes in order to create a new capacity for telling comic book stories.

"It will then be made freely available to all of the exciting emergent talent that is no doubt out there, just waiting to be given access to the technical toolkit that will enable them to create the comics of the future."

Electricomics will feature a 32-page showcase of four stories: Moore's reimagination of Winsor McCay's legendary comic character in Big Nemo; Hogan's horror tale Cabaret Amygdala; Ennis and Snejbjerg's World War One strip Red Horse; and Leah Moore and John Reppion's sci-fi story Sway.

Digital R&D Fund for the Arts funded Electricomics, which was built by Ocasta Studios.

Source: Digital Spy

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Over 500 FREE Comics & more at DriveThruComics!

1:00 PM, Saturday, May 3rd, 2014 - Posted by Brant Fowler

If you can't find your way to a comic shop today for Free Comic Book Day, you can still get some FREE comics digitally by other means. Among them, DriveThruComics, which is offering over 500 FREE digital comics from the likes of Aspen, Valiant, Markosia, Actuality Press, Triptych Books and more! Check them out!

Unity #1 Cyberforce #1 Midnight Kiss #1 Searchers #1  Charismagic #1

  • Unity #1 from Valiant Comics - To kill a king, he has created an army. The world's most dangerous man, Toyo Harada, has been struck by the one thing he never thought possible - fear. Halfway across the globe, a new power threatens to topple modern civilization and, to preempt the cataclysm that is to come, Harada will unite the most lethal, most volatile, most unforgiving team the world has ever known - UNITY.
  • Midnight Kiss #1 from Markosia - In a shattered multiworld where every dream is one world's reality, Matthew Sable and Nightmare De'Lacy try to keep the balance, facing Angels and Demons, Supernatural Hitmen, Tin Men and Aligator Kings at every turn.
  • Charismagic V1 #0 from Aspen Comics - Enter Hank Medley, a Las Vegas magician at the top of his game. For Hank, everything comes easy: women, fame, and definitely fortune. However, 'Hank the Magnificent' soon realizes that in Sin City, your luck can change at the drop of a hat--or wand--in his case.
  • Almighties Origins from Actuality Press - The White House is getting its own super-team... off the record. A former downtrodden housewife with anger issues, a mercenary with psychotic tendencies, a cocky British punk, an egomaniac, and a guy who runs a takeout.
  • Harbor Moon #1 from Spoke Lane - Timothy Vance has taken a trip to out-of-the-way Harbor Moon, Maine in search of a man named Andrew O'Callaghan. So far the man is nowhere to be found and it doesn't seem the town takes kindly to strangers.
  • Trigger Men: Killing the Elderly from Triptych Books - Trigger Men is a dark comedy that follows the lives of two hitmen, Matt Whit and Jason McCarty as they navigate the absurd world of contract killing.

They also have a bunch of graphic novels for 20-50% off all weekend!

Gunnerkrigg Court #1 Trigger Men #1 Uniques #1 Azteca #1  Dead Future

  • The God Machine by Chandra Free - Stricken with grief from the death of his girlfriend, Sith, Guy Salvatore struggles to make sense of his world. He's plagued with hallucinations of monsters that torment and threaten his life. A man calling himself Satan holds the answers to Guy's woes. Satan's twisted tongue promises Sith is alive, but there's a catch.
  • Rogue Trooper: Welcome to Nu-Earth - Nu-Earth, a battle-ravaged world forever scarred by an ongoing war between the Nort and Souther armies. The poison atmosphere makes it hostile to all who fight there, with the exception of one person - the Rogue Trooper.
  • Ravine from Top Cow Productions - There are those who claim that long ago, an ancient spell almost split the land in two, leaving an endless ravine in the far north of this world of fearsome dragons, brave warriors and scheming sorcerers. One man, Nebezial Asheri, driven by the deaths of his wife and daughters, now attempts to reclaim that magic, and bring his loved ones back to life.
  • Rainbow in the Dark Omnibus: The Compete Saga - Every day of Donna's life has been exactly like the one before. Normalcy is her prison, but no matter how badly she wants to escape, she has no idea how. Everything changes the day a band of bohemian rebels explode from nowhere, blasting through the city streets with rainbow cannons and fire-spewing muscle cars.
  • Judge Dredd: Origins - AN UNUSUAL DELIVERY IS MADE TO THE GRAND HALL OF JUSTICE, a package that will force Dredd to lead a mission into the Cursed Earth and into the darkest recesses of the history of the Judges and Mega-City One...

Rainbow in the Dark Judge Dredd Origins Ravine God Machine  Dracula's Army

So head on over to DriveThruComics and see what you can find... for FREE!

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An Act of Faith #1-4 FREE This Weekend

6:00 AM, Saturday, May 3rd, 2014 - Posted by Brant Fowler

In celebration of Free Comic Book Day, Al Nickerson is featuring his comic, AN ACT OF FAITH #1-4 on iVerse Media for FREE from Friday May 2nd through Sunday May 4th. So if you're looking for a little something extra for your FCBD this year, you might check out this digital download.

http://digital.comicsplusapp.com/series_comics.php?id=com.iversecomics.messianic.comics.an.act.of.faith.series

You can read the comic book online or you can take the comic with you by downloading the ComicsPlus app at the Apple store:

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/comics-plus/id323397665?mt=8

AN ACT OF FAITH #8 will go on sale next Wednesday (May 7th) through iVerse Media.

Stop by the AN ACT OF FAITH website for preview pages and news about the graphic novel series:

http://anactoffaithcomic.com/

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Mark Waid's Thrillbent iPad App

5:00 PM, Saturday, April 26th, 2014 - Posted by John Wilson

Mark Waid has detailed Thrillbent's new iPad app.

The app will run a subscription service that offers a "level of new content" for a $3.99 (£2.40) monthly subscription.

The new content will include Empire Volume Two by Waid, Barry Kitson and Chris Sotomayor; The House in the Wall by James Tynion IV, Noah J Yuenkel and Eryk Donovan; Insufferable: Home Field Advantage by Waid Peter Krause, Nolan Woodard and Troy Peteri; The Best Thing by Seanan McGuire; and the return of The Damnation of Charlie Wormwood.

"That's a lot of new content, and I'll be blunt - to make sure our artists, colourists and letterers are compensated fairly, and to continue to build a base for other creators to redefine this medium in new and exciting ways, we can't afford to give it all away for free the same way we've been doing," wrote Waid on the Thrillbent blog.

"But neither do we want to create an unfair barrier to entry. Ultimately, what we arrived at was this: a monthly subscription model that allows access to all Thrillbent material past and present for the price of one print comic: $3.99.

"For that $3.99, you'll be able to read everything as it rolls out, the moment it's posted. You'll receive push and/or e-mail notifications whenever new content is posted.

"Create a subscription account and your info will be kept up-to-date on the website, the iPad app, and all future apps and platforms, meaning wherever you're signed in, we'll keep track for you of what you've already read and what's new so you can tell at a glance where you are in any given series. And, yes, anything you've already purchased carries over to the new system, no worries there."

Thrillbent will maintain free content and its DRM-free download store.

Waid added that an Android app is also in development.

The out-of-print Empire will also be made available on Thrillbent.

Mark has long been on the front lines of the digital comics battle and this new app is an incredible new weapon in that melee.

Source: Digital Spy
John Wilson writing for Comic Related.com

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All of The Walking Dead On Sale at ComiXology

5:15 PM, Friday, March 28th, 2014 - Posted by Brant Fowler

Hey, Walking Dead fans, if you are behind on your reading, comiXology is helping you out! In celebration of the Season 4 Finale of The Walking Dead on AMC this Sunday at 9/8c, comiXology has put ALL issues of The Walking Dead on sale! You can find all the details in the official press release below:

Craving More of The Walking Dead?
Read the Comics That Started it All!

Sink Your Teeth Into ComiXology's The Walking Dead Sale All Weekend Long From March 28th Through March 31st

Celebrate the season 4 finale of The Walking Dead TV show by getting
121 issues, 19 volumes & a 100-issue bundle of The Walking Dead comic series on deep discount

The first 121 issues are on sale for 99 cents each with Volumes 1-19 on sale starting at $4.99!

Special "web-only" The Walking Dead 100-Issue Bundle 62% off at $74.99

To celebrate the The Walking Dead Season 4 finale get a greater taste of the worldwide phenomena by reading how it all began in this weekend long The Walking Dead sale on comiXology - the revolutionary cloud-based digital comics platform available across the iOS, Android, Kindle Fire, Windows 8 and the Web at www.comixology.com.

Watched the show, but never read the comic? Here's your chance with the first 121 issues of The Walking Dead comic on sale for 99 cents each, as well as collected editions Volume 1 through Volume 19 on sale starting at $4.99!

But the biggest deal ever on The Walking Dead is comiXology's "web-only" 100-issue bundle for only $74.99! That's seventy-five cents apiece! The bundle and sale are available only from Friday, March 28th until midnight EST Monday March 31st.

"This sale is an amazing way to celebrate the Season 4 finale of The Walking Dead," said Robert Kirkman, creator and writer of The Walking Dead and Writer/Executive Producer of The Walking Dead AMC television show. "The Walking Dead comic series stands as my original vision, so I'm very excited to offer fans the chance to read from the start or catch up to the latest release on sale via comiXology's great platform and reading experience!"

"The Walking Dead TV show season finale is here, but there are many more storylines to explore in the books," said comiXology co-founder & CEO David Steinberger. "The moment credits role on Season 4, we know hungry fans will want to know what might happen next and with this sale they've got over 100 issues and 19 volumes to choose from!"

Based on one of the most successful and popular comic books of all time, written and created by Robert Kirkman, The Walking Dead captures the ongoing human drama following a zombie apocalypse. The series follows a group of survivors, led by sheriff Rick Grimes, in search of a safe and secure home. However, instead of the zombies, it is the living who remain that truly become the walking dead.

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SXSW 2014: ComiXology Submit Starter Pack for $10

9:00 AM, Monday, March 10th, 2014 - Posted by Brant Fowler

This year, ComiXology celebrates the one-year anniversary of the launch of the Submit Self-Publishers program. To celebrate this speciall occasion, ComiXology announced at the South by Southwest Gaming Expo (SXSW) they would be presenting a very special limited time deal.

The deal is a Submit Starter Pack, which is a bundle of the top 100 books in the Submit program. This bundle of 100 digital comics is only $10! That's a savings of over $300!

If that wasn't enough to intrigue you - and really, how could it not be? - then consider this. The 100 books include offerings from stellar publishers like Oni Press, creative and critically acclaimed independents like Watson and Holmes and Super!, and the very popular Doc Unknown.

If you're looking to give some new, unique titles a try and step outside of the larger publishers, this is an absolutely great place to start!

But you have to act fast, as the deal expires TONIGHT, March 10th at 11:59pm EDT!

Find the Submit Starter Pack here, and read the full press release in our forums here.

Happy Reading!

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New Leader Coming In Webcomics?

5:00 PM, Tuesday, January 28th, 2014 - Posted by Chuck Moore

Everyone is jumping into the web and digital comics game these days but the startup Tapastic is promising something different. Its recent announcement that it has raised a new $2 milliion round of funding is turning heads.

Targeting an initial presentation as a webcomics portal, founder and CEO Chang Kim sees Tapastic as targeting not just the comic crowd but online visual storytelling in general. He comes from Google having headed up Blogger in the past and sees a recent partnership with Daum Communications (the company that operates the largest webcomic portal in South Korea) as positioning well to make a large splash. Using visual storytelling in a broader way may set this company apart over time, but the 70/30 revenue model (with the larger amount going to the creator) is already attracting creators. Daum, the partner company, has already had tremendous success in South Korea taking webcomic properties to film and television.

Start to finish, Tapastic is most certainly a company to watch!

Chuck Moore writing for ComicRelated.com / Source: TechCrunch

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Amazing Spider-Man Swings into Infinite Comics in April

10:30 AM, Wednesday, January 15th, 2014 - Posted by Brant Fowler

First, the Amazing Spider-Man image was leaked, then it was confirmed, and then advance solicits were released. Now, we learn that there will also be an Infinite Comic!

Coupled with the print relaunch of Amazing Spider-Man #1 this April, Marvel is also putting out a 13-part Infinite Comics Amazing Spider-Man story written by Joshua Hale Fialkov with art by Juan Bobillo.

The story starts with Peter Parker having lost all of his memory. Explains Fialkov in an interview on Marvel.com. He doesn't know who he is. He's in the process of robbing a bank, and doing so wearing a full body stocking. He finds out, in the process of the first installment that he's Spider-Man.

Peter is put through the paces and has to go through with the farce or risk his identity being revealed. He has to ask himself if he's robbing a bank, how does he still be the best guy he can be while being a bad guy.

That's what's great about Peter. Says Fialkov. You can put him in horrific situations, but it's inherent in him to deal with things with a light touch.

The Infinite Comics Amazing Spider-Man story drops to your favorite digital device in April.

Read the entire interview on Marvel.com

Here's the official press release about the story:

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN: WHO AM I? Launches in April as Marvel's Next INFINITE COMIC Series!

Your Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man Returns in Marvel's Latest Infinite Comic!

Gear up for a Spider-Man epic unlike any other in Amazing Spider-Man: Who Am I? - the latest game-changing Infinite Comic hitting digital devices this April! Following hits like Wolverine: Japan's Most Wanted, Iron Man: Fatal Frontier, and the recent Deadpool: The Gauntlet, AMAZING SPIDER-MAN: WHO AM I? is designed specifically for mobile devices and fully embraces the technological opportunities. Representing the latest form of comic book storytelling using tablets and smartphones as a new canvas, each new Marvel Infinite Comic continues to take advantage of modern technology while staying true to the medium's greatest strengths!

Blockbuster writer Dan Slott (Amazing Spider-Man, Superior Spider-Man) joins red hot writer Joshua Hale Fialkov (Ultimate Comics Ultimates) along with artists Juan Bobillo & Antonio Fabela with layouts by Geoffo Beauleau & JL Mast to take the recently-returned wallcrawler to places you never though - the criminal underworld!

"The story starts with Peter Parker having lost all of his memory. He doesn't know who he is. He's in the process of robbing a bank," says series writer Joshua Hale Fialkov in an interview with Marvel.com. "If you remove identity and get to the core of who Peter Parker really is, is he a hero? Would he act as a hero, when presented with the opportunities of a villain?"

Fueled by the overnight success of Infinite Comics,and combined with the demand from fans and creators who saw a world of infinite potential in this new format, these stories are designed specifically for mobile devices and fully embracing the technological opportunities.

With a freshly returned Peter Parker seemingly turned to a life of crime, what does this mean for the hero once known as the Amazing Spider-Man? Find out in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN: WHO AM I? this October!

Available right at your fingertips, these new Infinite Comics will be available for purchase this May on the Marvel Comics app (for iPhone®, iPad®, iPod Touch® & AndroidTMdevices) and online in the Marvel Digital Comics Shop!

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Archie Comics Teams With BlueToad to Expand Digital Distribution

2:00 PM, Friday, December 20th, 2013 - Posted by Brant Fowler

Archie Comics continues to grow the digital side of their business model with a new partnership. As the press release states, Archie has teamed "with BlueToad, a leading technology provider in the digital publishing industry." This partnership will extend the reach of Archie Comics digital offerings into new digital marketplaces and territories.

On December 3rd, Archie announced the Archie Comics App on the Windows Store, and this was apparently the first project under this new partnership with BlueToad. They've also developed the Android App for Archie, which is now available through the Amazon Appstore and Android. Both offer a subscription option for $9.99 per month as well.

"We're very excited about Archie's continuous growth in the digital market and by partnering with the esteemed company BlueToad, we're confident they will propel us to new heights," stated Archie Comics Publisher and co-CEO Jon Goldwater.

"BlueToad is thrilled to support Archie Comics in their quest to introduce their content to new audiences across a wide range of devices. Our content forward design showcases the legendary look and feel of Archie Comics." explains Paul DeHart, CEO and President of BlueToad.

As the relationship goes forward, Archie is looking to expand into more Apps and markets, and expand their offerings past the now offered Archie, Betty & Veronica and Life with Archie series to include Afterlife with Archie, Kevin Keller, the Red Circle Comics line and more.

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