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Alan Moore Announces Open-Source Digital Comics App ‘Electricomics’

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Writer Alan Moore 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."

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Comixology Launches Summer Reading List With 20 Free Comics Over 20 Days

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If you're like me, the start of summer means unbearable heat and the switch over from hot coffee to iced coffee, and that's pretty much it. Like pro wrestling, thinking about Batman has no off-season. This year, however, Comixology is looking to make the summer months a little more pleasant with their Summer Reading List.

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DC Comics To Launch Digital First Wonder Woman Anthology ‘Sensation Comics’

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With both Legends of the Dark Knight and Adventures of Superman sadly no longer with us, it seemed unlikely that Wonder Woman would also star in her own digital-first anthology series from DC Comics. Fortunately that's turned out not to be the case, as the publisher has confirmed the third member of its heroic "trinity" will indeed be the focus of Sensation Comics, a digital-first anthology launching in August that invites talents from across the spectrum of comics to share their own distinct visions of William Moulton Marston's amazon princess.

Like the Batman and Superman anthologies, Sensation Comics -- named for the Golden Age series in which Wonder Woman first appeared -- will feature stories not tied to the narrative continuity or artistic palette of DC's mainline New 52 comics.

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Spike Trotman’s ‘Let’s Kickstart A Comic’ Is A Crash Course In Crowdfunding Success

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If you're a ComicsAlliance reader, then there's a pretty good chance that you're already familiar with Spike Trotman, especially when it comes to her success on Kickstarter. As the creator of The Sleep of Reason and Poorcraft, Spike's had Kickstarter success funding her own comics, and as the editor of Smut Peddler, her latest campaign pulled in an overwhelmingly successful $180,000. If anything will make you an expert on how crowdfunding works, that's the kind of track record that'll do it.

Now, Spike's back with her latest comic, Let's Kickstart A Comic (And Not Screw It Up), featuring harsh truths and solid tips on how to help artists get their own projects off the ground without being financially devastated as a result.

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Comics Alliance Podcast 107: Comic Books On TV And ComiXology’s Controversy

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Welcome back to the ComicsAlliance Podcast. your source for comic book entertainment culture, news, humor and commentary.

In this week’s episode, we’ll talk about the increasingly well populated landscape of television series based on comic books, our impressions of specific projects, and what if any effect these developments may have on the comic book business itself.

We'll also discuss the latest with ComiXology since the digital comics leader was acquired by Amazon.com. Specifically, the consequences of its controversial removal of in-app purchases from Apple’s iOS platform.

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Andrew Stewart Celebrates Neil deGrasse Tyson In ‘Cosmos’ Fan Comic

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Some people watch Neil deGrasse Tyson's Cosmos as a science show. Other's watch it more as a CGI-powered spectacular. Artist Andrew Stewart seems to enjoy it both ways, although his 5-page, black and white fan comic celebration of the FOX TV series definitely skews toward the latter, propelling the show's host through some of the most enjoyable cosmic imagery this side of Jack Kirby's adaptation of 2001: A Space Odyssey.

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Image Launches A Pay-What-You-Want Humble Bundle Offer For CBLDF

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If you're not familiar with Humble Bundle, here's the deal: Deals.

Specifically, they're deals with proceeds that go to charity. So far, the site has offered comedy albums, downloadable video games, ebooks, and even movies, but it's teaming up with Image Comics for its first-ever digital comics deal over the next two weeks or so, and buyers can choose how much of the money they spend goes to creators and how much goes to the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund. The books in the offer are the first volumes of Saga, Fatale, East of West, Lazarus, Morning Glories, Revival, and Chew, and two volumes of The Walking Dead.

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ComiXology’s New iOS App Removes In-App Storefront, Shifts Apple Customers To Web Store

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Digital comics retailer ComiXology announced on Saturday that it was "retiring" its existing iOS applications for iPhone and iPad and replacing them with a new version that does not include the ability to make in-app purchases, one of the platform's most signature and popular features. The iOS app's storefront is simply gone, leaving only a reader app in its place. Going forward, iOS users will have to pursue the less direct path of buying their digital comics from ComiXology's Web interface and later syncing them to their devices using the new app. This process circumvents Apple -- whose iTunes App Store takes 30% of all in-app purchases from all vendors in the IOS marketplace -- and thereby presumably frees up more profit for comic book publishers and/or comic book creators.

Presently, ComiXology's branded iOS apps for DC, Marvel, Image and IDW are working as they have been. The Android app has also been updated, and users can make in-app purchases with a new integrated storefront instead of through Google Play.

The news comes just a couple of weeks after ComiXology and Apple rival Amazon.com announced that the latter was acquiring the former, and the new iOS process resembles that which Amazon's Kindle customers have followed to use those products on Apple devices.

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‘Thrillbent 3.0′ Introduces Subscription Model, App, New ‘Empire,’ ‘Insufferable,’ ‘Charlie Wormwood’

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Thrillbent, the digital comics publishing website founded by writers Mark Waid and John Rogers, has spent the past two years offering up free comics for pretty much free.

In a Wednesday blog post, Waid unveiled what he's calling "Thrillbent 3.0," which adds another layer of content that Waid is calling a sort of "Hulu Plus of comics." Fans can pay a $3.99 monthly fee -- about as much as the cover price for most Marvel single issues -- to access a collection of titles including a revived version of Waid, Barry Kitson and Chris Sotomayor's Gorilla Comics/DC series Empire. There's also a free new app available for iOS that gives fans mobile access to the material.

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DC’s Digital-First ‘Adventures Of Superman’ Series Ends With Issue #51

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It didn't even get to 52.

DC's digital-first Adventures of Superman series concluded Tuesday with issue #51, with a story by Jerry Ordway and Steve Rude. We here at ComicsAlliance have documented our appreciation of the series, which offered a wide variety of Superman stories from some of comics' most talented creators. We're sad to see it end.

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