The bi-annual Image Comics Expo 2015 has created a niche for itself as a pre-Comic Con warm up as the comic publishing behind The Walking Dead and Saga have announced a raft of exciting new creator-owned titles including new offerings from Mark Millar and Greg Rucka and Bryan O’Malley, as well as Brian K Vaughan’s digital hit The Private Eye making it’s print debut.
According to market analysts Comichron and ICv2, the comics industry hit a 20 year high for graphic novel and comic book sales in 2014, with digital comics now comprising a whopping 10% of the US and Canadian market. The report, published by Comichron’s John Jackson Miller and ICv2’s Milton Griepp estimate total comics and graphic novel sales to consumers in the U.S. and Canada reached $935 million in 2014, a 7% increase over sales in 2013 – and the highest it’s been since the heady days of the mid-1990s!
Not content with just producing some of the world’s best cutting edge digital comics, today Mark Waid and John Rogers’ Thrillbent have announced that award-winning writer/artist Terry Moore, will be bringing his long-running masterpiece Strangers In Paradise to the site beginning Friday, July 3.
David Lloyd’s digital exclusive comics anthology Aces Weekly Volume 17 debuts on July 6th with a new collection showcasing some of the brightest talents from across the globe. We have an exclusive look at all the titles in offer, with comments from the creator of V For Vendetta himself.
Hit digital comic, Holidaze has launched a Kickstarter to help fund a 140 page collected edition of the first 5 issues (currently only available on ComiXology). So if you were a fan of this zany tale of mythical characters on their day off and the bar in which they spend it, then be sure to check out this great project and lend your support.
Comics users, it’s time for a ComiXology update as the digital comics giant have unveiled an exciting new iteration of their market-defining Android and iOS app. Boasting a new Smart Lists feature and a variety of browsing options, can this new version of Comics remedy some of the negative steps they made with their previous update?
For years Dark Horse Comics were the largest major comics publisher not to have teamed up with digital comics giant, comiXology/ But after today that is all set to change as Dark Horse Comics and ComiXology have announced a huge digital distribution agreement for their roster of more than 800 titles including Hellboy, Sin City, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Avatar: The Last Airbender, The Goon, & more!
After a 3 year hiatus, former Digital Comic of the Year runner-up Molly Danger is scheduled to return to our screens, as creator Jamal Igle has launched a new Molly Danger Kickstarter campaign to fund production of a bimonthly Molly Danger series! Igle launched the Molly Danger series in 2012 with a Kickstarter campaign for the first book, raising $50,000 dollars and achieving critical and popular success. Igle is now looking to produce a six issue series and you can help!.
In news that will shock no-one, the world’s largest comics company (Marvel) and the world’s largest digital comics provider (comiXology) have agreed to continue their relationship together. This means you can continue getting your favourite Marvel comics via the comiXology apps and website. However, if you’re a Kindle user this new deal means an extra 12,000 new titles are now available on the Kindle Store, so there’s no way you’ll miss that all important new issue!
Earlier this year, Sequential and The Toronto Comic Arts Festival (TCAF) gave away free copies of the TCAF 2015 Digital Comics Anthology featuring brand new specially commissioned artwork from a host of great writers and artists. Due to high demand, TCAF and SEQUENTIAL have decided to make the anthology available for download again until the end of June, so be sure to check out this amazing collection for free while you can!
Back in the ’90s it was all about the X-Men and there was nothing more ’90s than the Marvel X-Men cartoon! So as Marvel are about to embark on their universe shattering reboot in Secret Wars, we go back to the past and also forward to the future at exactly the same time as those ’90s X-Men are brought bang up to date with an awesome new Marvel Infinite digital comic series – X-Men ’92 Infinite!
One of the great things about the digital comics community is recommending cool stuff to people and sharing the amazing titles which people are reading and enjoying. Well comiXology, the digital comics giant, have made that process not only easier, but financially rewarding too, thanks to their new comiXology Refer-A-Friend program, which means you can make money from digital comics just by spreading the word about them!
The nominations for this year’s Eisner Awards 2015 have been announced and it is another strong showing for the world of digital comics. Paul Tobin and Collette Coover’s Bandette received nominations for best continuing series, as well as featuring in the Best Digital/Web Comic category (which they won in 2013), while Brian K Vaughan’s ‘other book’ The Private Eye, which he writes with Marcos Martin for their Panel Syndicate publishing venture is up for best limited series as well as best digital/web comic.
Digital graphic novel publisher Sequential have released some of our favourite titles of 2015 from Alan Moore’s Nemo: River of Ghosts to Paco Roca’s Wrinkles, and they are set to team up with the London Book Fair 2015 this April to bring their unique brand of digital graphic novels to a whole new audience.
To celebrate the third year of it’s indie digital publishing service ComiXology Submit, the cloud-based digital comic giant have produced an awesome infographic highlighting some of the successes of the first 3 years and showing some of the best-selling titles released on the platform during that period. They have also announced a 30 issue bundle of Submit titles which will be available for just $3 for the duration of this year’s SXSW festival.