ComiXology have today unveiled a revolutionary new service for their digital users – ComiXology Instant Checkout – the ability to purchase comics at the click of a button and have them synch through to their tablet or smartphone. This may seem awfully familiar to long term users of the Comics app, but for everyone else it is more similar to Amazon’s 1-click purchasing. Comics fans will be ‘delighted’ at this news as in effect it now brings back much of the functionality lost by the Comics app when it upgraded itself over the summer.
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ComicsFix, the new kids on the digital comics block, are expanding their library of titles with a new deal to bring Dynamite Entertainment’s expansive and versatile library to their subscription based app. It’s another fantastic way for digital comics fans to get access to amazing title like Garth Ennis’ The Boys, Gail Simone’s excellent Red Sonja and the brilliant Bob’s Burgers!
Panel Syndicate, the pay-what-you-want digital publisher from Saga creator Brian K Vaughan and Marcos Martin have announced a second new series, Universe!, from the fearless mind of award-wining writer/artist Albert Monteys. Universe! joins Vaughan and Martin’s dystopian noir The Private Eye as part of the Panel Syndicate roster which fans can purchase for a price of their choosing.
Scrollon, the innovative sideways scrolling digital comics app from filmmaker Doug Lefler has revealed an exciting new series from respected storyboard artist Mark Moretti. “Mission: Abort”, is the first chapter of Moretti’s new series Robotworld and is available now on the Scrollon app and we’ve got a fantastic first look!
Marvel are teasing the world with a host of tantalising images for it’s Summer 2015 event, it started out with Civil War and has taken in many of the House of Ideas of other epic crossovers from Age of Ultron, to Marvel Zombies and Age of Apocalypse. We have a feeling it could all be related to next year’s epic Secret Wars crossover from Jonathan Hickman, but for now here are all the teasers in one place for you pick your favourite!
UPDATED: Now includes an intriguing Amazing Spider-man ‘Renew Your Vows’ cover featuring Peter, MJ and a young girl, as well an awesome Skottie Young Avengers vs. X-men and the brilliant sounding X-Men ’92!
UPDATED AGAIN! Marvel have now revealed exactly what these superb teasers were all about with a video trailer for the enigmatically titled Secret Wars: Battleground! Click below to watch it!
The creator of 2000 AD is bringing a different kind of horror to digital publishing with the first volume of Pat Mills’ Requiem Vampire Knight: Resurrection, coming to ComiXology as part of his new digital imprint Millsverse. Following in the [cloven] footsteps of his digital one-shot PsychoKiller, Requiem sees a German soldier reborn on the hell planet Resurrection to become a formidable vampire knight!
Madefire the cutting edge motion book publisher have announced announcement of a new Android version of their market leading motion book platform. Madefire for Android and features the same fantastic mix of original characters like Captain Stone, Mono and Treatment as well as their licensed titles from IDW Publishing, Dark Horse Comics, DC Comics and more.
If you want to find out more about the practicalities of creating a hit digital comic, then who better to ask than the co-creator of the award-winning Aces Weekly (Pipedream Comics Digital Comic of the Year 2013). If you’re based in the UK then you can do just that at this year’s Brighton Digital Festival on September 25th, where Bambos from Aces Weekly will be holding a unique seminar entitled BAM! Comics ‘n’ Computers where you can pick the brains of this industry veteran.
Fans of Valiant Entertainment will now be able to purchase their favourite titles like X-O Manowar, Harbinger and Bloodshot from iVerse Media’s Comics Plus 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.
British comic legend Eddie Campbell’s Bacchus established his reputation as “the most natural storyteller in comics”. A mythical, masterful, wide-ranging yarn, this 10 volume epic is now available digitally in 5 hefty volumes for the first time from Top Shelf’s DRM-free digital store and also the Sequential iPad app.
Congratulations to Matthew Inman’s The Oatmeal for scooping the best digital/webcomic prize at the Eisner Awards 2014, presented at the San Diego Comic Con 2014. This superb collection of pop culture memes, quizzes, and stories is one of the most shared sites on the internet with a huge and dedicated following.
One of the main complaints about the ComiXology platform, when it came to buying and reading your digital comics (at least before the Amazon buy out) was the fact that your comics weren’t yours to download and back up on your PC. Well, today during their panel at Comic-Con International in San Diego that is about to change thanks to ComiXology DRM-free backups being made available, allowing readers to download and store copies of their favourite digital comics.