Dubbed ‘Netflix for Comics’ by Wired, subscription reading service Scribd has changed the landscape of digital comics with two huge partnerships, bringing titles from Marvel Comics, IDW Publishing and Top Shelf Comics to it’s site. For less than $9 a month fans will have access to over 10,000 comics in a huge on demand library featuring some of their favourite titles from Spider-man and the Avengers to Star Trek, Transformers and more! But what does this mean for you the comics fan?
For both Marvel and IDW this represents the first time their content will be available at such a scale on a third party service. With both companies keen to celebrate the scope of this partnership, there is no indication of how up to date titles will be, however as a way to catch up on classic issues and essential story lines then it seems like a perfect partnership.
“Our partnership with Scribd allows some of Marvel’s greatest stories to sit alongside Scribd’s already vast and eclectic catalogue of content in an effort to reach readers who might not have access to a comic shop.” said Daniele Campbell, Marvel’s VP CRM.
While Julie Haddon, Vice President of Editorial and Marketing at Scribd back that up by saying “This partnership gives us the opportunity to not only bring devoted comic fans into Scribd’s world of unlimited reading, but also to introduce the entire Scribd community to the world of comics,” “We’re excited to broaden our subscription service so that readers can discover more than books.”
Fans will have the ability to browse hundreds of collected editions on Scribd by category, subcategory and custom collections curated by Scribd’s editorial staff. For the Marvel titles they are emphasising the breakdowns like this.
- Top Characters – Spider-Man, Guardians of the Galaxy, the Hulk, and more
- Classic Comics – Classic runs of the Avengers, the X-Men, Daredevil and more
- Major Creators – Mark Waid, Ed Brubaker, Brian K. Vaughan, Grant Morrison, and many more
- Hit YA Titles – Ultimate Spider-Man, Runaways, Young Inhumans
- Award Winners – Acclaimed graphic novels by artists from Alex Ross to Moebius
- Curated Collections – Classic Marvel Moments, Heroes of Color, Spotlight on Jack Kirby, and more
However it’s about more than just titles from the House of Ideas as IDW Publishing, and new acquisition Top Shelf Comics, are offering their entire digital backlists available via Scribd’s subscription service too.
With all new issues becoming available as early as a month after initial print release fans will have an exciting new avenue in which to enjoy IDW favorites from Transformers to Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, My Little Pony to Star Trek, along with hit series such as Locke & Key and 30 Days of Night just to name a few. Plus Top Shelf fans will have access to acclaimed series such as March and graphic novels by creators Alan Moore, Jeff Lemire, Eddie Campbell and more.
“IDW and Top Shelf have been considering subscription models for comics for some time,” said Jeff Webber, IDW’s Vice President of Digital Publishing & Business Development. “Scribd came to us with the perfect opportunity to offer the entire catalog to fans and new readers. Time for some binge-reading!”
The addition of comics and graphic novels, along with other recent eBooks and audiobook deals, increases Scribd’s library to more than one million titles, representing the largest unlimited-access offering of eBooks, audiobooks, and comics globally.