The Young Justice Animated Series was an example of storytelling at it’s best. A digital 1st series is the perfect way to continue the story. It’s…

Want Young Justice to continue in some way. Digital comics is probably the least expensive and most realistic chance of telling more stories set in the Earth-16 universe. Especially given that Greg Weisman’s current future has him working on Star Wars: Rebels.  But working on a digital comic along with that doesn’t require as much attention from  someone as Young Justice as an animated series would IF it somehow came back for more seasons.  There’s little to no chance that Greg Weisman would be able to work on Young Justice as an animated series if the show somehow came back in animation.

Continuing the show in digital comic form is one of the few mediums out there that has a realistic shot of retaining 1 of Young Justice’s original creators. Not to mention being the least expensive.

While the number of people that have signed might be relatively small at the moment, I believe that has more to do with the fact that not many Young Justice fans know about this as a possible opportunity.

Yes, petitions don’t have the best reputations around.  But honestly, what have you got to lose by signing it anyways? Also a petition based on asking for a digital comic allegedly might not NEED as many numbers as a petition for wanting the show back. (Which would also be more expensive).

I also feel a realistic 1st goal for this is to at least show there’s interest in this.  Then somewhere down the road, DC MIGHT notice the interest and try to capitalize on an opportunity.

Again what have you got to lose by signing?

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Today is the DAY, digital readers. Megahex by Simon Hanselmann is available. This is normally where’d we make a joke about digitall rolling up a joint to go with your reading but not everyone is as lucky as Washington (where pot is smoke a-freely). SO how ‘bout instead you make some trashcan punch?

Megg is a depressed, drug-addicted witch. Mogg is her black cat. Their friend, Owl, is an anthropomorphized owl. They hang out a lot with Werewolf Jones. This may sound like a pure stoner comedy, but it transcends the genre: these characters struggle unsuccessfully to come to grips with their depression, drug use, sexuality, poverty, lack of work, lack of ambition, and their complex feelings about each other in ways that have made Megg and Mogg sensations on Hanselmann’s Girl Mountain Tumblr. This is the first collection of Hanselmann’s work, freed from its cumbersome Internet prison, and sure to be one of the most talked about graphic novels of 2014, featuring all of the “classic” Megg and Mogg episodes from the past five years as well as over 70 pages of all-new material.

These 214 joke-soaked pages are yours for only $22.99 so grab your copy of Megahex today on comiXology!  

Simon Hanselmann is the real deal, for sure. He captures that stoner stay-at-home life so accurately that I actually find his comics really depressing and thank god I don’t ever have to hang out with anybody like that ever again.” - Daniel Clowes

COMIXOLOGY ANNOUNCES SECOND WAVE OF PUBLISHERS WITH DRM-FREE TITLES

By Matt D. Wilson

Back in July, ComiXology addressed one of the biggest questions people had with its digital comics service: Do customers actually own the issues they buy?

The company unviled a DRM-free backup feature, but only for a handful of publishers, including Image ComicsDynamite Entertainment, and Top Shelf Productions, among others. This week, ComiXology announced a second wave of publishers that will offer DRM-free downloads — and no, Marvel and DC still aren’t part of the deal.

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I’ve got to say, I’ve really been blown away by the support I’ve been getting, along with, Gerry, Brian and the gang, for Deadpool: The Gauntlet. People really seem to like what we’re doing, and where the story’s heading, and they really seem to be responding to the digital format that we’ve been using here.
In fact, the ONLY negative things I’ve seen about this comic come from people who haven’t even read it— usually because they’re upset that it’s not a traditional print comic. I know, I know, comics fans upset by something new? Who could have guessed?

Ever since I started working on POWER PLAY, one of the things I’ve been hearing A LOT is from people who said that they didn’t like reading comics digitally until they read my stuff and finally saw what the digital platform could really add— it’s not a gimmick, it’s not bells and wistles, it’s a new way of telling a story.  This continues to be the case with THE GAUNTLET. One of the things I see the most in reviews, and one of the things that I take the most pride in, is people saying that they never thought much of digital comics until they read this series.

People like it. People who didn’t think they’d like it realize that they do.

So, if you’re one of those people who “don’t like reading things digitally,” “prefer a comic you can hold in your hand,” “think it’s just a gimmick,” whatever the excuse, just give it a try. Marvel couldn’t have made it easier for you, because they gave the first issue away as a free download for anyone who picked up the (also free) print version of the comic. You literally have nothing to lose.

If you can’t track one of those down, at least check out this free preview of Power Play— http://www.comixology.com/Power-Play-0/digital-comic/12727 . I’ve learned a lot since doing that first issue, but it will at least give you a taste.
So don’t be afraid— no one’s going to hurt you! Give yourself the chance to add one more thing to the list of stuff that you like, and cross one more thing off the list of stuff that you don’t.

Enjoy! After all, that’s what comics are all about!
http://www.comixology.com/Deadpool-The-Gauntlet-Infinite-Comic/comics-series/14912

VALIANT OFFERS BIGGEST COMIC BOOK HUMBLE BUNDLE YET TO BENEFIT CBLDF AND OTHER CHARITIES

By Matt D. Wilson

Since the spring, more and more comic publishers have offered up super-cheap collections of comics on Humble Bundle, for the benefit of charities including the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, the Hero Initiative, and Doctors Without Borders.

You can add Valiant Comics to that esteemed group. Starting Wednesday, the publisher has been offering up collections of its top titles, including Quantum & WoodyUnityHarbingerBloodshot and more. Fans can name their price, help a charity, and get a whole bunch of great comics in the process.

According to a Valiant press release, the 24 graphic novels and comic collections offered up in the deal have a retail value of more than $420, making it the biggest comic offer in Humble Bundle history.

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Comixology Submit Update

I run a digital publishing house called The Whole Story. In 2013, selling DRM free ebooks on our own through Kickstarter, Gumroad and Sellfy, we brought in over $72,000 for artists.

In 2013 I also set out to offer our books through Comixology Submit, and promised to share my findings with you as soon as I got an update. With Comixology submit you don’t get any update on how sales are going until your quarterly earnings e-mail, which I just got today.

So how did we do?

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$8.80*. The reason it’s significantly less is simply because only one of our books has been added so far, and by the time the book made it to Comixology it was already old news, and all of my readers had already had the opportunity to buy it in several other markets, (both stand-alone and as part of a bundle) so I didn’t really advertise it outside a single tweet, and rather just waited to see what new readers I could reach.

Why only one book, and why did it take so long?

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5 books submitted, 3 rejected, one in the store after 5 months, one accepted but still waiting to be added to the store after 7 months. So here are the plusses and minuses of Comixology submit.

Plusses:

-It is a bit of prestige to get your book up there alongside Supes, Bats and Spidey.

-You can use stand-alone back issues to reach new readers who don’t do Kickstarter or PDFs.

-They add guided view, so people can read your books on smartphones.

Minuses:

-It takes around six months to get a book in the store.

-You have no control over when it goes live, making a recurring series basically impossible.

-You can’t make any changes once the book goes live.

-Vague automated answers using internal terms that sound insulting without context. “Bad series art?” Come on.

-*You only get paid if/when you’ve earned $100 and reach a quarterly payday.

-Guided view creeps me out.

Conclusion:

I hope this will be helpful for people moving to Comixology to know what to expect and what types of projects it’s good for. It certainly does not hurt to have your books in front of eyeballs on Comixology, but if you’re doing something time-sensitive remember that you can upload a book to Gumroad and/or Sellfy, sell copies, and have the money in your PayPal account in less than 5 minutes. Here’s a tutorial I made to help you. Comixology has seen this post, as was very friendly and open to the feedback, so hopefully the service will grow and become more useful to indie creators as time goes on!

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Today, comiXology has is giving away digital copies of Jason's 

Werewolves of Montpellier. Typically $9.99, this comic can be yours for a few simple clicks of the ol’ mouse! A faux werewolf-cum-burglar named Sven runs afoul of a real society of werewolves who don’t take kindly to the pretender. So while Sven spends his days playing chess and poker with his friends, sketching his way through his picturesque chosen hometown, and coping with romantic dilemmas - both his and those of his best friend, the Breakfast-at-Tiffany’s-obsessed Audrey, who has girl troubles of her own - little does he realize that a genuine threat to his life, and for that matter his humanity, is closing in on him. 

 

Beware the full moon! Or should we say free moon? 

Marvel.com is hosting a $0.99 sale for Winter Soldier, Black Widow vol 1-3, Widowmaker, and Black Widow Strikes in honor of the US release of Captain America: the Winter Soldier this week. Offer is valid today only so if you were on the fence about reading these great stories, take advantage of this offer! (especially Marjorie Liu’s Black Widow!!!).

DEADPOOL: THE GAUNTLET is live! Download it here— http://www.comixology.com/Deadpool-The-Gauntlet-Infinite-Comic-1/digital-comic/58213 I really can’t be more excited to finally get to show this to you guys— it’s been a real labor of love for me, to continue exploring the digital storytelling methods I started using in POWER PLAY and really go all out to bring the medium to higher levels— Not to mention finally returning to my old buddy Deadpool! I’m super proud of this story.
It’s been awesome working with Gerry Duggan, Brian Posehn, Jim Charalampidis and Jordan White on this project, and I think you’ll see as new episodes come out every week that we keep getting better and better at telling stories in this exciting new digital way.

So please check it out— I’m psyched to hear what you guys think!

ALAN MOORE ANNOUNCES OPEN-SOURCE DIGITAL COMICS APP ‘ELECTRICOMICS’

By Matt D. Wilson

Writer Alan Moore of Watchmen, V For Vendetta, Top 10, From Hell, The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen acclaim is teaming up with a team of researchers and an app developer to create “Electricomics,” a new platform that a press release claims will enable ”digital comics to be made by anyone.”

The release isn’t entirely clear about just what Electricomics is or what the app does. In some places, the release refers to Electricomics as a 32-page digital comic book with four new stories by Moore and other creators, while other spots refer to it as a digital-comic-making tool. Presumably it’s both, though how it will work as both things (and whether it will serve as a distribution platform) isn’t really spelled out.

Here’s what the release says about it:

As a publicly funded research and development project, Electricomics will be free to explore the possibilities of the comic medium, without the constraints of the industry.

So it’s pretty vague.

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Hey cats and kittens! It’s been a long month, but we’re getting close to finishing the digital comic version of Drop Dead Vince’s first chapter! Speaking of, here’s the exclusive cover for the comic! We’ll also be selling this cover as a special print in the Drop Dead Shop sometime next month.

We still have a little ways to go on wrapping this digital comic up, but here’s what to expect:

  • A Guest Gallery with art from several different artists!
  • Special notes from the creator!
  • A Bonus Drop Dead Vince Comic only available in this digital comic!
  • And more!

Thank you again everyone for your support and your patience. We will be filling you in on more digital comic-related news over the next few days!

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