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Nook Tablet, Nook Color Update Adds New Digital Comics

The Nook Color is in many ways an android tablet, but one fo the ways it falls short is with digital comics.  Many of the comics apps support features like directed viewing, and that’s a trick that the Nook Color only learned today.

Barnes & Noble announced today that a newly available update for the NT and NC will allow readers to view the comics panel by panel. This will probably sound familiar to users of ComiXology and affiliated apps on Android and IOS, where the guided view experience has done much to make digital comics readable on small screens. The NT and NC also got a new way to read PDFs; when you switch from portrait to landscape you’ll be able to see 2 pages at a time.

The new feature is being launched alongside 100 new titles from DC Entertainment. Nook Tablet owners are now going to be able to be able to read up on the adventures of Sandman, Superman, Batman, and other characters published by DC. The viewing mode will work on all DC titles, and it’s likely to be added to other titles as time goes on.

You’ll find these new digital graphic novels on both the Nook Tablet as well as the Nook for Android app. If you want to to install the software update immediately can do so with a manual download offered at

Dragon’s Lair Comic Coming Soon to An iPhone Near You

The eBook app developer iStoryTime has just announced the imminent release of a new 6 part comic book app.

Don Bluth’s Dragon’s Lair Comic revives a popular nearly 30 year video game and brings much of the same humor to a new visual form. The comics app will shortly be available in iTunes. It’s free and comes with 1 free comic. The 5 later comics can be bought from inside the app for $2.

I have to say that I find the comics more interesting for their history than the content. They’re based on a video game which was released in 1983 as Dragon’s Lair. It was released on a laserdisc – not a cartridge, floppy, or tape – a laserdisc. This alone is noteworthy, considering how rare laserdiscs were even when they were on the market. I myself have never seen more than a handful of laserdiscs, and the only player I ever saw belonged to a school.

That game was also re-released for the iPhone back in 2010, so if you like you can alternate reading about the adventures with playing them.


Marvel Releases First Augmented Reality Comic

Marvel Comics has released the first issue from its new “ReEvolution” imprint.  Avengers Vs. X-Men Infinite #1 is a print comic that comes to life with an augmented reality component.

Using the Marvel app, readers can scan the print cover to see it pop out, among other things. Aurasma, a company that designs augmented reality and virtual worlds, has designed the AR component. Readers can scan the pages to unlock extra content such as character bios and videos.

The comic book company, which regularly has one of the top grossing iOS comic book apps, is also selling a digital edition of the issue within the Marvel app for $.99. (Print owners get the digital issue for free).

Marvel Launches Digital Imprint ReEvolution

Marvel Comics has launched a new digital imprint called “ReEvolution.” The comic book company, which regularly has one of the top grossing iOS comic book apps, is taking its digital comics to the next level by incorporating augmented reality technology and connecting the digital to print.
Aurasma, a company that designs augmented reality and virtual worlds, will power the AR component.
Publishers Weekly has more details: “Marvel Infinite Comics, launching in April, is a new digital-only imprint that will offer accompanying issues to print counterparts, beginning with Avengers Vs. X-Men Infinite #1, a tie in to the publisher’s debut issue of Avengers Vs. X-Men. The issue, written by Mark Waid (Daredevil) and illustrated by Stuart Immonen (Fear ItselfNew Avengers) and starring the galactic hero Nova, will be available on the Marvel Comics App for 99¢ or free with the purchase of AvX #1 (Marvel also recently announced that all issues priced at $3.99 will include a free download of a digital copy).”

B&N Signs Deal with Manga Publisher

Barnes & Noble announced today that they are taking a leaf from Amazon’s playbook. B&N has just signed its “first direct e-reader channel offering” to carry manga published by Viz Media, one of the leading manga publishers in the US.

Nook Color and Nook Tablet owners can now choose from an extensive collection of titles from Viz Media’s Shojo Beat and Shonen Sunday imprints. This includes over  a hundred volumes from 18 series, and each volume can be bought for $5 to $10. B&N has also promised to add new volumes as well as digital previews weekly.

Now that both B&N and Amazon have an Android tablet which can display color comics, it looks like we’ll start to see real competition between the 2. Amazon launched the Kindle Fire with a number of exclusive titles (including Watchmen, and numerous Marvel titles). Barnes & Noble retaliated by pulling those titles from their store shelves.

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Kindle Fire to Get Exclusive DC Comics

Amazon has quietly pulled off another exclusive content deal this week with the Kindle Fire. DC Comics has agreed to offer 100 digital comic titles only on the Kindle Fire.

It’s an impressive selection of titles and it includes such well known works as V for Vendetta and Watchmen as well as  Y: The Last Man,Planetary, Superman for All Seasons, and many other comics starring DC’s main stay characters like The joker, The Flash, Green Lantern, and more.

“We’re thrilled to work with the leader in digital books to bring many of the world’s most beloved and best-selling graphic novels to Kindle readers,” stated Jim Lee, co-publisher of DC Entertainment. “We’ve learned from the success of DC Comics – The New 52 that making our graphic novels available whenever and wherever our readers want is critical to the future growth and health of our publishing businesses–both in print and digital format.”

Watchmen and a few other titles are up for pre-order now, and more will be released in the coming months.


When “The Giving Tree” Can’t Give

Randall Munroe, creator of xkcd, has pulled together his usual magic and come up with a pithy statement about sharing and DRM.

The Giving Tree is a poem by the late Shel Silverstein, and it’s also the title of one of his poetry collections. In the poem, the tree gave everything of itself: shade, apples, and eventually its very wood. Click on the image above to see the rest of the comic and read what Randall wrote about DRM. If you hover your mouse over the image you will get to read a second joke:

In the new edition of The Giving Tree, the tree uses social tools to share with its friend all the best places to buy things.

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Graphicly’s CEO Micah Baldwin Talks Digital Comics

Graphicly is a new company lets comic book publishers sell digital comics through a Facebook app. We caught up with Graphicly CEO Micah Baldwin to discuss how the app works for publishers.

EBN: How does the Graphicly app on Facebook work?

MB: The app is very easy to use. It is added to a Facebook page much like any app, and it includes Graphicly’s technology, which is the reader wrapped with engagement tools like Twitter, Google+ and comments. The interactions that occur around that graphic novel stay with the graphic novel across the web and on The comics come from more than 250 publishers and 4,000 creators that have partnered with Graphicly to share and promote their content digitally. Read more

Digital Comic Victim Of Art Theft

Ursula Vernon, creator of the web comic Digger, claims that her digital comic, was stolen by NY pop artist Chad Love-Lieberman. The comic book artist discovered the theft when her artwork showed up in a feature story about on Love-Lieberman on Campus It was inaccurately credited as Love-Lieberman’s work. has the story: “After running a feature about ‘New York Multimedia Pop Artist‘ Chad Love-Lieberman, nephew of Sen. Joseph Lieberman, the website Campus Socialite retracted its story upon finding out that Love-Lieberman ‘is a fraud, taking other people’s art from the web, touting it as his own, and worst of all – selling it for profit.’”

In a post on her blog, Vernon gives credit to Campus Socialite for removing the story. She writes: “Mad props to the staff at the Campus Socialite, who got back to me in under ten minutes and promised to pull everything and edit the article—they were just as outraged as you’d expect them to be.”

ComiXology CEO David Steinberger Talks Digital Comics

The iPad and other tablets have made it possible to bring comic books to life as eBooks. In fact, comic book apps have been dominating Apple’s Top Grossing Apps list in the book category for the past couple of months. We caught up with David Steinberger, President/CEO of ComiXology, a company that designs digital comic books for Marvel Comics among others, to discuss how ComiXology is addressing the growing digital comic book market.

EBN: When formatting comic books for tablets, what elements are you trying to preserve?

DS: Our focus is always on the reading experience, which is why we developed our Guided View Technology that allows the user to go from panel to panel. We are always trying to author the comics to guide the reader through the comic as the creator intended. Read more