With European comics now all over ComiXology thanks to their partnership with Delcourt, the doors have been flung open for other Euro publishers to get in on the digital comics revolution. The latest group to bring their books to a worldwide digital audience are the all digital and all European graphic novel initiative, Europe Comics who launched a new website with 10 new titles this week.
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DC Comics fans who purchase The Sandman: Overture #6 digitally, are in for a treat when the final issue of Neil Gaiman’s epic prequel is released on September 30th. As well as the final adventure of Dream and co. it will also include an exclusive black and white preview of The Twilight Children the highly anticipated new Vertigo Comics series by the legendary Gilbert Hernandez (Love And Rockets) and Darwyn Cooke (DC: The New Frontier).
Renowned indie publisher Drawn & Quarterly is to debut on comiXology and Amazon this week which will see internationally bestselling titles like Lynda Barry’s One! Hundred! Demons; Guy Delisle’s Jerusalem: Chronicles from the Holy City; Rutu Modan’s Exit Wounds and Anders Nilsen’s Big Questions available from the cloud giant for the first time.
You might have seen a new hashtag appear on Twitter this month called #comictalk. Well that’s brainchild of Queen creator Jamie Me who has started his own Twitter event every Sunday evening called #ComicTalk to allow for a weekly gathering of indie comic creators, to discuss a new topic. We catch up with Jamie to find out more.
After last year’s awesome debut, Leamington Comic Con 2015 will be back on Saturday October 17th, promising a bigger venue, more comics and big industry names, including Aces Weekly publisher David Lloyd and a host of other great names from the UK inside scene..
Black Mask Studios, the politically uncompromising indie comic book publisher founded by media mogul Matt Pizzolo, 30 Days of Night’s Steve Niles and punk supremo Brett Gurewitz (Epitaph Records) is set to bring it’s cutting edge titles to Amazon’s Kindle Store and ComiXology in a ground-breaking new deal.
One of the great things about ComiXology’s Comics app is that you can load up your iPad with great digital comics and read them at your leisure and in places where you don’t need a network connection. However we’ve been finding recently that this isn’t always possible with the Comics app signing us out just when we needed it most. But if you’re finding you can’t read ComiXology Comics offline too, then don’t worry, there is a solution!
Leading French comics publisher Delcourt and ComiXology are to set to release 150 exclusive new English language versions of some of their biggest titles as CEO David Steinberger declares – “[This] marks the beginning of the ‘French Invasion’ of comics in the English language market.”
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!