This morning, the Batkid appeared on Good Morning Americato protect rapper Pitbull from the Joker, and a group of artists from SF has even produced a digital comic about his heroic story. Batkid's starting to give Bruce Wayne a run for his money.
Last month Sex Criminals writer Matt Fraction revealed via Twitter that the second issue of his and artist/co-creator Chip Zdarksy's acclaimed new series would not be available for in-app purchase via the ComXology app or anything else in Apple’s iOS marketplace. Sex Criminals is, as the title would suggest, at times a sexually explicit comic. So while it was disappointing, it wasn't overly surprising to learn that Apple would not make issue #2 or #3 available given the App Store's notoriously nebulous content guidelines, through which all downloadable content must pass. The surprise came when, as noted yesterday by Zdarsky, Apple not only rejected the upcoming issue #3 from iOS devices, but retroactively removed issue #1 as well, once again calling into question a curation policy that can best be described as consistently inconsistent.
Last week readers learned that Daredevil, the monthly title from creators Mark Waid and Chris Samnee, was coming to an end with issue #36 early next year. Given the series' near-universal critical praise, coupled with the fact that 2014 marks the character's 50th anniversary, it seemed inevitable that an announcement -- if not multiple announcements -- would be coming out soon regarding plans for Daredevil's future.
And today one of those new plans was revealed, as Marvel has announced Daredevil: Road Warrior, a brand new series under the publisher's Infinite Comics digital-only imprint, written by Waid and illustrated by Peter Krause, Waid's collaborator on Irredeemable for Boom and Insufferable for the writer's digital imprint Thrillbent.
Longtime on-demand anime streaming powerhouse Crunchyroll is entering the "simulpub" manga business in a big way this week with a new monthly digital comics subscription service. The Web, iOS and Android compatible service is kicking off with a set of 12 Kodansha titles translated for English readers in 170 countries the same day the material debuts in its native Japan. The first wave of material in the service includes Attack on Titan, Fairy Tail, Mysterious Girlfriend X, Space Brothers, UQ Holder!, A Town Where You Live, Yamada-Kun and the Seven Witches, My Wife is Wagatsuma-San and Coppelion. What's more, Crunchyroll says even more manga is yet to come.
There's a lot to be said for the splash page which concludes Dean Trippe's deeply personal Something Terrible, a new 18-page digital comic available for $0.99. You could spend a serious amount of time figuring out and naming each character pictured in the previously released and wildly reblogged image "You'll Be Safe Here": The Rocketeer, Indiana Jones, He-Man, and essentially every member of the Bat-family. Gremlins, Transformers, Spider-Men and... is that the Crow? Beloved characters populate a scene witnessed in the foreground by a young boy, standing protected by Batman himself.
What you couldn't see until Trippe released the story behind it was just how much the scene meant to him not as a fan but as a man, and how much the world of fiction and fantasy can offer a child who truly needs an escape from an unthinkable reality of abuse and trauma.
One of the cornerstones of DC Comics' current publishing strategy is expanding its digital distribution. In addition to producing a handful of new digital first series, the publisher has previously offered digital versions of many of its popular graphic novels. So it comes as little surprise that DC Comics announced an extensive list of its collections and graphic novels that are now available via Comixology and Google Play.
By downloading a few free Neil Gaiman comics, you could help cure a disease that affects more than 200 million people worldwide. Knockabout Comics and the digital iPad comics app Sequential are collaborating to offer a free digital download of a collection of "lost" Gaiman comics -- including work with artists Bryan Talbot and Dave McKean -- scripts, interviews and more, to help raise money for the Malaria No More charity. For each download, a donation of $0.50 will be made to the charity, with a goal of raising $15,000.
Scott Kolins has been illustrating tales of DC Comics' iconic characters for more than 20 years. Perhaps best known for his collaboration with writers Geoff Johns and Bryan Augustyn on The Flash, the artist has worked on Wonder Woman, Superman/Batman, The Legion Of Superheroes and Young Justice for DC, among others. In recent years Kolins has tried his hand at writing and illustrating stories, most notably the Solomon Grundy seven issue miniseries in 2009, spinning out of the publisher's Blackest Night event. Now Kolins is taking on writing and art duties once again in this week's Legends Of The Dark Knight Chapter 70, the latest story in the digital first series of out-of-continuity tales focusing largely on Batman's early years.
In the first issue of this this four part story, titled "Hell's Bells," Batman and the Gotham City Police Department converge on the same suspect, but a trigger happy member of the force sets his sights on Batman instead. DC Comics has provided ComicsAlliance with a four page preview of the story, which you can check out below.
Every month Monkeybrain's Chris Roberson teams with artist Dennis Culver to simultaneously tell original stories and pay homage to some of their favorite comic book concepts in Edison Rex, the ongoing digital-first series that follows the adventures of a genius supercriminal who is vindicated and changes his ways once he proves his world's supposed greatest protector was the bigger bad guy all along. Last month, for example, saw the book's cast shuffled through a multiverse of comic book eras as vividly conveyed by Culver's shifting aesthetics and illustration styles. Today in Edison Rex #10 as Rex furthers his efforts to gain the public's trust as a hero, he faces some backlash from his former peers in the supervillain group known as The Warmongers - each of which are designed to pay homage to some of the most iconic villains in comics and beyond. Monkeybrain and Culver have provided CA with a preview of the issue, plus an extensive first-look at Culver's Warmongers character designs. Click through for all the evil goodness.
ComiXology, the comic industry's leading digital comics platform, hit a major milestone this month with its 200 millionth digital download.
That marks substantial growth for the company, which hit the 100 million downloads mark only last year. ComiXology was founded in 2007, and its digital reader app launched in 2009, meaning that readers have downloaded as many comics through the app in the past year as they did in the first three.
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