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New Digital Only Manga Magazine Launched

Gen, a new title led by Editor-in-Chief Robert McGuire, has just released its first issue.

According to Robert’s interview in Manga Maniac Cafe, Gen is going to have a monthly release schedule in Japan and the US. Each issue will have original seinen and doujinshi manga, and there’s only going to be a limited print run.

Rather than go the usual path of reprinting existing comics, Robert found Japanese artists to create original manga for an American audience. The work was translated in house as it was created, and Gen works with the artists to make sure that the nuances of the story aren’t lost.

DC Comics to Reboot All Series – Sets New Prices

DC Comics has made a couple earth-shattering announcements this past week, and they did not go by without being noticed.

Starting in August, DC Comics plans to reset all of its current series to issue zero. At the same time, it will also start releasing the digital edition of its comics on the same day as the print editions. The digital comics will be priced the same as paper for the first month ($2.99), but will drop $1 in price thereafter.

This move isn’t simply a plan to clear the past history of the various series; much of the continuity will remain. No, this marks DC Comics decision to try to reboot its entire business model.

Aspen Comics Now Going Digital

Yesterday Aspen Comics and comiXology announced a new partnership.  Digital comics from Aspen Comics will now be available for purchase from the comiXology store. You’ll be able to read the comics on Andorid, iOS, and you’re computer.

The initial launch will include 15 titles, including some of Aspen’s more popular series, such as Michael Turner’s Fathom and Soulfire. Single issue titles will be priced from $.99 to $2.99 (depending on issue size) with over-sized titles priced accordingly. comiXology also plans to offer full series sets of Aspen’s various titles at a discount.

Aquafadas Launches Comic Composer

Aquafadas has just added a new tool to its suite of software that’s designed to help comic book publishers convert their existing content into a digital form.

Comic Composer will make it easy to publish comics to iPhone, iPad, Android, Facebook or blog. It allows you to add transition effects as well as zoom and camera movements, which means adding a guided reading to comic books is within the reach of any comics publisher.

Aquafadas also offers plug-ins for Adobe InDesign and QXP to create interactive apps based on previously designed print books, magazines and brochures. Comic Composer is a solution tailored to the specific needs of comic books publishing.

 

Digital Manga Publishing Now Available on the Kobo eReader

Digital Manga announced yesterday that it had signed a deal with Kobo books, and that its digital comics were now available in the Kobo Store. There are currently 90 titles from its DMP, Juné, and 801 Media imprints available for Kobo in a wide variety of genres.

The name Digital Manga should ring a bell. This is the publisher that recently saw a number of its titles pulled from the Kindle store because they were too explicit. Several of the new titles in the Kobo store are in the same genre as the ones pulled by Amazon, which means we could see some fireworks if and when Kobo starts getting complaints.

via Digital Manga

Digital Comic Books Available For Review

Dark Horse has partnered with Diamond Book Distributors and NetGalley to bring 20 titles a month to reviewers, librarians and booksellers in the digital format.

Dark Horse will be one of the first comic publishers to bring digital books to reviewers. This isn’t a surprise as these days as publishers are releasing more digital comics in stores like Barnes & Noble’s Nook Store and iTunes. NetGalley’s platform supports full-color, illustrated graphic novels, as well as audio and video files.

Micha Hershman, VP of Marketing at Dark Horse, had this statement: “Dark Horse has a proud tradition of innovation and we’re pleased to work with another innovator—NetGalley—to make early reading copies of our titles available to reviewers, booksellers, librarians and our partners in the media around the world.”

Archaia Entertainment Now Available on comiXology’s Digital Comics Platform

ComiXology and Archaia Entertainment announced today that Days Missing, Archaia’s latest title, is now available through comiXology.

Days Missing tells the story of hidden pages from history, where a being named The Steward has shaped the course of human development through his interactions and interference with mankind.  The Steward’s powers of time and intellect have allowed him to secretly remove certain critical days from the historical record. As a result, these stories have never been told or their details documented or even recalled. These are the Days Missing from our existence, and they are about to be revealed…

This 2 volume set stars celebrated writers Ian Edginton, Phil Hester, Matz and David Hine and Illustrators Chris Burnham, Frazer Irving, David Marquez and Lee Moder and it’s available today.

comiXology is a leading digital comics distributor with a vast selection of titles from major publishers. Its comics can be read on Android, iOS, and in your web browser.

Calvin & Hobbes: The Later Years

Dan & Tom Heyerman, the artists behind the webcomic Pants are Over Rated, thought it would be fun to show their take of what a grown up Calvin would look like.

Calvin is 30 something, and he’s married to Susie Derkins. They have a daughter named Bacon. In the first strip, Bacon has a nightmare and Calvin pulls Hobbes out of the closet to protect her. The image at right is just an excerpt showing when the tiger first meets the girl.

They’ve only drawn a couple strips so far. The first was made for their own amusement, and the second was drawn to satisfy a couple hundred begging fans. There’s no word yet on whether they plan to draw more strips.

via Pants are Over Rated

Comixology Comic Store Affiliate Program Now Live

Comixology, a leading digital comics distributor, announced today that its new Digital Storefront Affiliate program was now up and running. Comic book retailers will be able to sell digital comics from DC Comic, Image Comics, Evil Twin Comics, BOOM! Studios, and Dynamite Entertainment. Digital comics can be bought both in store and on a comic store’s website. All comics bought through the affiliate program will work on any part of the Comixology platform, including the browser, Android, and iOS apps.

For more details, visit the comiXology website or check with your local comic book store.

Who Needs A Flying Car?

Randall Munroe hits the nail on the head once again. In today’s strip he shows us how much SF gadgettry we have around us everyday.

Enjoy.

via xkcd

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