Biowars

Biowars is a new comic (below is a preview of its 4th issue) which has an intriguing jumping off point – a war in microcosm. The production values and pretty impressive, especially for a free, digital comic. Obviously a lot of thought and creativity has gone in to this project.

Biowars is a digital comic book series featuring an exciting pair of intertwining storylines. While Alexander Hawking fights the sinister forces of the Combine in the outer world, the heroic BioWarriors of his immune system must defend his inner world against a deadly Combine-engineered pathogen. Biowars seeks to open the audience’s imagination to the wondrous alien world that lies within the human body and the strange threats it must face on a daily basis.

Biowars involves readers in its production by regularly engaging its over 100k Facebook fans. With this fan base growing daily, Biowars is the crux of a vibrant and active comic community.

Find out more about Biowars here.

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Free Eve: True Stories Comic

Free comics! Based on actual player driven stories from the huge EVE game, EVE: True Stories is certainly a novel concept, and now you can read the first issue for free.

Issue #1 of CCP Game’s Anticipated EVE: True Stories Graphic Novel

Available Now for Free Download via Dark Horse Digital 

CCP Games, the world’s leading independent developer of massively multiplayer games and creators of EVE Online, along with Dark Horse, are pleased to announce that the first issue of EVE: True Stories, “Thieves Among Us,” is now available as a free download from Dark Horse Digital or via the Dark Horse Android and iOS apps.

Issue #1 of the EVE: True Stories graphic novel dramatizes the opening throes of one of the greatest gaming stories of the last decade – the fall of the player alliance known as the Band of Brothers. Filled with action and intrigue, “Thieves Among Us” is inspired by actual player-driven events. Issue #1 is written by legendary writer Daniel Way (Wolverine: OriginsDeadpool) and features the artwork of Tomm Coker (Daredevil NoirNear Death) with cover art by David Palumbo (ALIENS, Heavy Metal). 

Future instalments of EVE: True Stories will arrive digitally on 5th March, 19thMarch and 2nd April 2014, via Dark Horse Digital.

The hardback prestige collected edition of EVE: True Stories, containing all four comics, will go on sale in book and comic book stores, 4th June, 2014. 

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ComiXology in France

Digital comics shop are currently in France for the annual comics festival, and have uploaded some pretty cool pics from the experience on their Tumblr, including some great journalling from Jeremy Nguyen (check out Craig Thompson’s Carnet de Voyage for a similar, excellent, arty journal), and a look at the demographics of comics readers in France.

More fun stuff from comiXology coming out of the Festival de la Bande Dessinée d’Angoulême 2014.

Angouléme keeps rolling on and we keep on having a great time here in France. ComiXologist Jeremy Nguyen, who not only is one of the many people behind transforming each week’s comics in to Guided View but is an accomplished illustrator himself, has joined us this year and is doing a journal of the experience. Here are two spreads from Jeremy’s Angouléme journal.

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Digital Comics Fans Around The World

We all like handy infographics right? Excellent. Then here you go. Digital comics app comiXology is doing well all over the globe it appears. That’s good news. Interesting and encouraging press release below.

Where In The World Is ComiXology?

ComiXology Charts As The Top-Grossing iPad Book App For 2013
In France, Belgium, Germany, Spain, & The UK

ComiXology Worldwide

Last week you learned that comiXology, the revolutionary cloud-based digital comics platform, charted as iTunes’ #1 Top Grossing non-game iPad App for 2013 in the U.S., this week comiXology reveals that they also charted as the Top-Grossing iPad Book App for 2013 in France, Belgium, Germany, Spain and the UK!

ComiXology is also making available an infographic, “Where in the World Are Digital Comics Fans?”, showing the penetration of digital comics readers on the comiXology platform across the globe.

Below are some fun facts from the infographic:

  • 51% of comiXology users are outside the U.S.
  • ComiXology is also currently the Top iOS Book App in Australia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, India, Mexico, The Netherlands, New Zealand, The Philippines & many more.

ComiXology’s domination in the 2013 international Top-Grossing iPad Apps lists caps off a year that has seen comiXology’s growth driven by ongoing innovation and international expansion.

At last year’s Festival de la Bande Dessinée d’Angoulême, comiXology announced the opening of Paris-based comiXology Europe, the company’s first overseas subsidiary, which is spearheading international language content acquisition across Europe. French language navigation, a precursor to full French localization, was added to comiXology’s iOS apps in June of 2013. The Franco-Belgian market is home to a ravenous base of comic book fans, which account for a $700 million annual market – roughly on par with the U.S. market.

With over 45,000 comics and graphic novels from more than 75 publishers, comiXology offers the widest selection of digital comics in the world. ComiXology’s immense catalog and unique Guided View reading experience is available across the iPhoneiPadAndroidKindle FireWindows 8, andwww.comixology.com – making it the best digital platform for comic and graphic novel fans worldwide.

Deadpool and Spider-Man Infinite Comics Previews

Infinite Comics is Marvel’s new approach of making comics work on mobile devices, with original content made specifically for phones and tablets. It’s a good idea for those who want to read something new which they can fit in their pocket, and take out while they’re waiting for their bus to arrive. Below are two press releases and a text-free preview, about Deadpool’s second issue of The Gauntlet, and a soon to be released series starring an amnesiac Spider-Man. Spidey’s series is entitled Who Am I and kicks off in April (yes, with the returning Peter Parker. Yay!)

Deadpool: The Gauntlet #2 On-Sale Today!

Marvel’s Next Groundbreaking Infinite Comic Series Continues Today! 

After a tousle with Dracula, Deadpool becomes something far worse than undead—the Lord of Vampires’ whipping boy! And the servitude for his blood-sucking highness begins now inDeadpool: The Gauntlet #2, the second chapter in a 13-part all-new Infinite Comics series!

Designed specifically for mobile devices, Infinite Comics showcase the storytelling possibilities of a digital canvas while still staying true to the mediums greatest strengths!

Deadpool’s first assignment? Obtain and secure a very special package for Dracula (which may or may not damn all of mankind. Just saying.). Shouldn’t be too hard for the Merc With a Mouth—once he looks past the booby-trap laden secret tomb it’s hidden in. Oh, and teleporting warriors. Lots and lots of teleporting warriors.

 As Deadpool slashes through his most absurd adventure yet, the Gauntlet is finally thrown in the year’s hottest digital comic! And the wedding bells will only ring louder as Wade takes another step towards his marriage to (You Wish!) in April’s mega-sized DEADPOOL #27!

Available right at your fingertips, Deadpool: The Gauntlet #2 is available on the Marvel Comics app (for iPhone®, iPad®, iPod Touch® & AndroidTM devices) and online in the Marvel Digital Comics Shop!

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99c Teen Titans Sale

Following on from Dark Horse’s very cheap Star Wars comics sale is DC’s version, which is on now until November 20. You can get a whole bunch of classic and modern Teen Titans comics for only 99 cents each. Go here to check it out.

Marvel and Dark Horse Digital Comics

The brave new frontier of comics being digitally available is a great opportunity for techno-centric fans. Here’s the latest from Marvel (who have offered digital options for a while) plus the impressive offerings from the new Dark Horse Digital.

Experience FEAR ITSELF: THE WORTHY On The Marvel Comics App

Hey there True Believers, here’s your official list of comic books, hitting the Marvel Comics app on April 27, 2011. Now fans can experience their favorite Marvel heroes bursting into action on your iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch! Today, be the first to discover the secrets behind the summer’s hottest comics event in Fear Itself: The Worthy #1 – an all-new, story from acclaimed creators Christos Gage and Elia Bonetti! The first of eight weekly tales to come,Fear Itself: The Worthy #1 details the catastrophic rise to power of the Red Skull’s daughter, Sin, and her plans for the whole of the Marvel Universe now that she wields the mysterious of hammer of Skadi! And, best of all, the entire story is available for free on the Marvel app! Now’s the time to find out why Fear Itself has fans and critics raving!

And that’s not all! With a wide array of titles already available there is something for everyone! Stay tuned each week for a brand new list of Marvel releases so that you’ll never miss your favorite heroes in action.

To download the Marvel Comics app, visit: http://www.marvel.com/marvelcomicsapp

Here’s your official list of comic books, hitting the Marvel Comics app today!

Digital Comics On-Sale Today:

5 RONIN #5

ANNIHILATION: CONQUEST – QUASAR

(Annihilation: Conquest Prologue #1, Annihilation: Conquest – Quasar #1-4)

CAPTAIN AMERICA: HAIL HYDRA #4

FEAR ITSELF: THE WORTHY #1

MARVEL BACKLIST CHRONOLOGY

MARVEL ZOMBIES 4

(Marvel Zombies 4 #1-4)

SECRET INVASION: INHUMANS

(Secret Invasion: Inhumans #1-4)

SPIDER-MAN: THE GAUNTLET VOL. 4 – JUGGERNAUT

(Amazing Spider-Man #626-629)

THOR BY WALT SIMONSON VOL. 1

(Thor #337-348)

ULTIMATE VISION

(Ultimate Vision #0-6)

WOLVERINE: FIRST CLASS VOL. 2 – TO RUSSIA, WITH LOVE

(Wolverine: First Class #5-8)

FREE This Week On The App:

CAPTAIN AMERICA #445

CAPTAIN AMERICA: FIRST VENGEANCE #1

CAPTAIN AMERICA: A LITTLE HELP #1

FEAR ITSELF SKETCHBOOK

SPIDER-MAN: A MEAL TO DIE FOR #1

SPIDER-MAN: YOU’RE HIRED #1

ULTIMATE SIX#1

VENOM: LETHAL PROTECTOR #1

DARK HORSE LAUNCHES DIGTIAL COMICS PROGRAM!

OVERWHELMING DEMAND CRASHES SERVERS!

Earlier today, Dark Horse’s iOS app and digital store went online and opened for business! Even after extensive load testing, demand for Dark Horse digital comics was still too high for our servers!  Thousands of fans rushed to download our digital comics, resulting in intermittent service outages.

The Dark Horse Comics iOS digital app is now available for free download in the iTunes store and comes loaded with the first full issue of Hellboy: Seed of Destruction. While we are still working on a native Android app, any device with a modern web browser can be used to read Dark Horse comics at Digital.DarkHorse.com.

Thanks to fans who signed up for our Dark Horse Digital newsletter, full first issues of Criminal MacabreAbe Sapien: The DrowningThe Umbrella Academy: Apocalypse SuiteMass Effect: Redemption, and Joss Whedon’s Fray are available in the digital store for free.

Other free comics available today include:

Beasts of Burden #1

Conan #0: Conan the Legend

Doctor Solar, Man of the Atom/Magnus, Robot Fighter (FCBD 2010)

Dungeon Siege III #1

Falling Skies #1, #2, and #3

Grendel: Behold the Devil #1

Kull: The Shadow Kingdom #1

Solomon Kane #1

Solomon Kane: Death’s Black Riders #1

The Terminator: Death Valley #0 and #1

The Terminator: 2029 #1

The Umbrella Academy #0

This Week’s Digital Marvel Releases

The digital comics revolution continues to build, with Dark Horse now on the bandwagon in what looks to be a rather promising programme, beginning next month. Customers who want to save money and paper should be happy. Here’s the first press release from Marvel that focuses squarely on their new digital releases (and freebies) this week.

Experience X-Men #1, the Number One Comic Of All Time, Only On the Marvel Comics App

Hey there True Believers, here’s your official list of comic books, hitting the Marvel Comics app on December 1, 2010. Now fans can experience their favorite Marvel heroes bursting into action on your iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch! With a wide array of titles already available there is something for everyone! Stay tuned each week for a brand new list of Marvel releases so that you’ll never miss your favorite heroes in action!

To download the Marvel Comics app, visit: http://www.marvel.com/marvelcomicsapp

Don’t forget to fan us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/marvelcomicsapp!

Here’s your official list of comic books, hitting the Marvel Comics app today!

Digital Comics On-Sale Today:

CIVIL WAR: HOUSE OF M

(Civil War: House of M #1-5)

FANTASTIC FOUR: THE NEW FANTASTIC FOUR

(Fantastic Four #347-349)

GHOST RIDER: DANNY KETCH CLASSIC VOL.1

(Ghost Rider #6-10)

INCREDIBLE HULK: PLANET SKAAR

(Planet Skaar Prologue #1, Son of Hulk #7-12)

LOKI #1

KLAWS OF THE PANTHER #1

MARVEL HOLIDAY SPECTACULAR 2010

(Marvel Holiday Magazine #1-4) *All-New Material*

SPIDER-MAN: BACK IN QUACK #1

THOR BY DAN JURGENS & JOHN ROMITA JR. VOL. 3

(Thor #14-17, Iron Man #21-22, Peter Parker: Spider-Man #11 and Juggernaut: The Eighth Day #1)

THOR: FIRST THUNDER #2

VALKYRIE #1

X-MEN: MUTANT GENESIS

(X-Men #1-7)

FREE This Week On The App:

MARVEL KNIGHTS SPIDER-MAN #1

NOVEMBER SNEAK PEEKS

SPIDER-MAN: YOU’RE HIRED #1

SPIDER-MAN SAGA

SON OF HULK #7

THOR #14

Longbox Digital Comics

Longbox LogoAt Heroes Con this past weekend, Rantz Hoseley, who was the editor behind the popular Tori Amos inspired works within the Comic Book Tatttoo anthology, premiered Longbox. It’s nothing new exactly, as digital subscription services for comics have been around for a while now. However, there appears to be some genuine buzz about this software and just what it means. There’s an interesting interview with Hoseley up at comicbookresources now. BOOM! Studios and Top Cow are the first to sign up and individual issues can be bought for as low as 99c. Think of it as iTunes for sequential art. Hoseley has the right idea, and seems to know what he’s doing;

If there’s not the ability to have a very similar experience to what they would have going into a comic shop, then immediately it’s an inferior experience, not only in terms just purchasing comics whether print or digital, but also an inferior experience to other forms of digital retail like iTunes and downloadable content on WiiWare or X-Box Live. The idea of a secure, controlled distribution system that allows mass amount of content to come through in ways that modern consumers expect in terms of digital content, I think that’s a huge, huge part of it.

Read the rest of the interview here. The software has been in development for about three years and is expected to launch in September or October of this year.

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Fury With Digital Comics

Get an exclusive, though tiny, Nick Fury figure when you subscribe for Marvel’s Digital Comics Unlimited service. Press release below.

MDCU_ExclusiveNickFury_02Join Marvel Digital Comics Unlimited And Receive An Exclusive Nick Fury Figure! 

Marvel is proud to announce that new and renewing subscribers to Marvel Digital Comics Unlimited will receive an exclusive, all-new Hasbro Marvel Universe Nick Fury action figure! Inspired by his dramatic return in Secret Invasion, this all new figure features the kind of weaponry Fury needs to repel a Skrull invasion—or any other unlucky enemy crossing his path! Just sign up or renew a subscription and you can add Nick Fury to your collection of Marvel action figures!

“Hasbro is very excited to be teaming up with Marvel Digital Comics Unlimited for this exclusive giveaway,” said Billy Lagor, Senior Director of Hasbro’s Global Brand Strategy & Marketing, Marvel.   “We truly value and appreciate the connection that we have with our Marvel fans and hope that shows in our action figures.”

John Dokes, VP, Sales and Marketing, Digital Media Group added, “Hasbro’s wowed fans with their take on Marvel’s iconic characters and we’re sure new and returning subscribers to Marvel Digital Comics will be thrilled with this exclusive Nick Fury action figure.”

What’re you waiting for? Click over to www.marvel.com/nickfury right now to experience the groundbreaking Marvel Digital Comics Unlimited and score an exclusive Hasbro Marvel Universe Nick Fury action figure!

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