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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
The DC Comics iPad app had a banner first day, rocketing up the App Store charts. Yesterday we started tracking App Store ratings, where the iBooks app is the most popular free iPad app–topping both Netflix and Google Earth.
Nevertheless, as of this 4:00 pm EST writing, the DC Comics app is ranked #11 out of all free iPad apps. Amazon Kindle for the iPad is ranked #13 among free apps, and the Borders eBooks app is ranked #18. Barnes and Noble for the iPad comes in at #34. Interestingly enough, the Marvel Comics app is currently ranked #65 out of all the free iPad apps.
Comic book writer Bryan Lee O’Malley will see Scott Pilgrim vs. The World criss-cross genres–adapted into both a movie and a video game this year. The video game trailer embedded above will give all the old school Nintendo players in the audience something to celebrate–and, we hope, inspire some creative eBook bundling for tablet computers in the future.
The series tells the story of Pilgrim, a teenager in love with Ramona Flowers–a girlfriend with some wicked ex-boyfriends. The film is helmed by Edgar Wright, the director of the unhinged comedies Hot Fuzz and Shaun of the Dead. The best way to learn about the series is through this early Read About Comics review that contains a long and free preview of the comic.
Here’s an excerpt: “Scott’s first extended encounter with Ramona Flowers, for instance, starts off silly but gradually moves into something that shows a great amount of maturity. If it had just shown up that way it might have felt out of place, but O’Malley slips these moments into the book so perfectly and gradually that it never feels like the tone of the book has shifted until you stop and think about it afterwards. Of course, lest you think it’s ever gotten too serious, O’Malley responds with rock-and-roll-meets-Nintendo fight scene to end all fight scenes.”
The Marvel Comics app is one of the coolest things you can currently download for your iPad. The app is free and comics–purchased in-app–cost $2. Plus, Marvel’s giving away a few for free.
As you can imagine, the iPad screen is the perfect size for full comics pages, and you don’t even need to zoom to read the text. Comics on iPad look stunning. In the video above, we give you a quick preview of the app in action.
One thing we haven’t touched on yet here at eBookNewser is the iPad buzz in the digital comics world. Obviously, with its big (comic book-sized) screen, it’s a ideal platform for comics, which is exactly what lots of folks in the comics world have been saying. And unlike the traditional book business, the comics world doesn’t seem to have placed its digital future in the hands of one or two giant online retailers.
Just a quick tour of some of the popular digital comics resources that are likely to appear on iPad: there are three big iPhone apps, Panelfly (check out the iPad in the image above from Panelfly’s Website); ComicZeal; iVerse; and Comics
Let’s rewind to just after the iPad unveiling: comics blog CBR polled the digital comics community to gauge folks’ excitement. Panelfly’s CEO Wade Slitkin told CBR that the iPad will offer a closer approximation of a traditional comic buying experience and the ability to centralize a comic collection. iVerse founder Michael Murphy said he was excited to bring an audience familiar with Apple’s products to comics. Click over to the CBR post for more comments, and look out for more on digital comics at eBookNewser in the weeks to come.