For as long as I can remember, I have been a comic book junkie. A comic-aholic, if you like. I don’t buy new comics the way I used to, but I do still have my entire collection boxed up and ready to be passed on to my boys (much to my wife’s chagrin. In fact, even though I do not actively collect comics anymore, I still consider myself an addict. For me, walking into a comic book store is like taking an alcoholic to a bar. It just never ends well. So, you can imagine how thrilled I was to learn that ComiXology had released a new comic book reader for the iPhone and iPod Touch. Read on for the full press release and watch for my full review coming soon.
Today at Comic-Con International, Iconology Inc. announced the launch of its Comics by comiXology App on the App Store. The Comics by comiXology App is a digital comic store, library and reader for iPhone and iPod touch that is launching with over 100 titles available from twenty popular comic publishers and many independent comic writers.
“The stunning display and innovative multi-touch user interface of iPhone and iPod touch have finally made comics appealing in a digital format,” said David Steinberger, CEO of Iconology, Inc. "By combining great comics with iPhone OS 3.0’s In-App Purchasing and location awareness features we are creating a revolution in the way comics are sold and read which could only happen with iPhone and iPod touch.”
The Comics by comiXology App heralds an entirely new comic book publishing and connected commerce model. With the Comics by comiXology app, comic book enthusiasts can not only read their comics in a format designed to preserve the comic book experience on an iPhone or iPod touch, but also locate and connect with local retailers to purchase the printed version of the titles. Through relationships with comic book retailers, Comics by comiXology will increase both digital and print sales of comics and deliver a powerful mobile marketing tool for comic book publishers and retailers.
Comics by comiXology offers a "guided view" that keeps the entire page of a comic intact, unlike other solutions where the page is cut into individual pictures the user browses like a photo application. Comics by comiXology is a reader app that contains all a user’s comics and offers its own digital comics store that supports multiple publishers.
Among the twenty publishers that have already signed up to deliver their titles through Comics by comiXology are many well-known industry icons including:
- AdHouse Books
- Arcana Comics
- Asylum Press
- Bluewater Comics
- Creative Impulse Entertainment
- Digital Webbing
- Evil Twin Comics
- First Salvo
- Image Comics (Active Images, Allred, Kirkman, Wagner, Brunswick, Revel and more)
- Red 5
- Slave Labor Graphics
- Th3rd World Studios
Additionally, popular comics writer Robert Kirkman has agreed to deliver his titles exclusively through Comics by comiXology making it the only place to get “Walking Dead” and “Invincible” for iPhone and iPod touch.
None of the big name publishers, like Marvel or DC, have signed on yet, but don’t let that dissuade you. There are some great independent titles to be found here. To be honest, maybe not finding X-Men or The Avengers on here works out better for me. It keeps the price of the inheritance a little higher for the boys…
The Comics by comiXology App is now available, and included over 30 free comics. Check it out now for the low-low-low price of $0.99 from the App Store on iPhone and iPod touch or at www.itunes.com/appstore/.