Contact Us

Dynamite Entertainment Launches DRM-Free Digital Store With Ten-Cent First Issues

American Flagg and Captain Victory and the Galactic Rangers, Dynamite Entertainment

 

With the rise of digital comics, one of the biggest sticking points for consumers has been the idea of ownership, but this summer, we’re seeing a big move towards a DRM-free model. The latest publisher to step up to the plate: Dynamite Entertainment, which launched a new digital storefront today, offering comics for download in PDF format.

In celebration of their launch — and of their tenth anniversary — Dynamite has thrown a couple of extras into the launch. First, they’ve put a selection of first issues on sale for ten cents each, including Vampirella, The Boys and The Trial of Sherlock Holmes. Second, they’re donating 10% of Dynamite digital’s profits for the first month to the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund.

With the launch of their digital storefront, Dynamite has joined publishers like Image Comics and 2000 AD in going straight to the customer with a DRM-free digital distribution model. It’s worth noting, though, that right now, Dynamite is only offering downloads in PDF, while other publishers provide readers with multiple file formats, including CBZ and ePub. It’s a small difference, but notable for readers who might prefer one format to the other — especially with ComiXology, the massive cloud-and-DRM-based digital comics distributor, recently announcing their own downloadable “backups” in PDF and CBZ.

Given Dynamite’s ten-year back catalogue, it’s also interesting to see which titles they’re offering at their launch, and what their pricing structure will be. Right now, it looks like the standard price for most of their comics will be $1.99, with newer comics sharing their print price of $3.99 before they drop. Here’s what’s on offer right now:

• Cryptozoic Man by Walt Flanagan and Bryan Johnson
• Blood Queen by Troy Brownfield and Fritz Casas
• The Boys         by Garth Ennis and Darick Robinson
• Captain Action Cat by Art Baltazar, Franco, and Chris Smits
• Captain Victory & the Galactic Rangers by Joe Casey, Nathan Fox, and more
• Chaos! by Tim Seely and Mirka Andolfo
• Chastity by Marc Andreyko and Dave Acosta
• American Flagg by Howard Chaykin
• The Devilers by Joshua Hale Fialkov and Matt Triano
• Evil Ernie: Origin of Evil by Jesse Snider and Jason Craig
• Garth Ennis’ Red Team by Garth Ennis and Craig Cermak
• Jennifer Blood: Born Again by Steven Grant and Kewber Baal
• Jim Butcher’s Dresden Files: War Cry by Jim Butcher, Mark Powers, and Carlos Gomez
• Jungle Girl by Frank Cho, Doug Murray, and Adriano Batista
• Justice, Inc. by Michael Uslan and Giovanni Timpano
• Kevin Smith’s Green Hornet by Kevin Smith and Jonathan Lau
• Legenderry: A Steampunk Adventure      by Bill Willingham and Sergio Fernandez Davila
• Miss Fury         by Rob Williams and Jack Herbert
• The Mocking Dead by Fred Van Lente and Max Dunbar
• The Ninjettes by Al Ewing and Eman Casallos
• Pathfinder: Dark Waters Rising by Jim Zub and Andrew Huerta
• Project Superpowers by Jim Krueger, Alex Ross, and Carlos Paul
• Red Sonja by Gail Simone and Walter Geovani
• Red Sonja: Blue by Peter Brett and Walter Geovani
• Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time by Robert Jordan, Chuck Dixon, and Chase Conley
• The Shadow: Midnight in Moscow by Howard Chaykin
• Terminal Hero by Peter Milligan and Piotr Kowalski
• The Trial of Sherlock Holmes by Leah Moore, John Reppion, and Aaron Campbell
• Vampirella by Nancy A. Collins and Patrick Berkenkotter
• Vampirella Master Series by Mark Millar, Grant Morrison, and more
• Vampirella vs. Fluffy by Mark Rahner and Cezar Razek

 

And here are the books on sale for the launch, all in color for a dime:

 

• Blood Queen #1
• The Boys #1
• Evil Ernie: Origin of Evil #1
• Jungle Girl #0
• Kevin Smith’s Green Hornet #1
• Miss Fury #1
• The Mocking Dead #1
• Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time #1
• The Trial of Sherlock Holmes #1
• Vampirella #1

 

Per Dynamite’s press release, more comics will be added every Wednesday.

Best of the Web

More From Around the Web

Leave a Comment

It appears that you already have an account created within our VIP network of sites on . To keep your points and personal information safe, we need to verify that it's really you. To activate your account, please confirm your password. When you have confirmed your password, you will be able to log in through Facebook on both sites.

Forgot your password?

*Please note that your points, prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

It appears that you already have an account on this site associated with . To connect your existing account with your Facebook account, just click on the account activation button below. You will maintain your existing profile and VIP program points. After you do this, you will be able to always log in to http://comicsalliance.com using your Facebook account.

*Please note that your points, prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

Please fill out the information below to help us provide you a better experience.

Register on Comics Alliance quickly by logging in with your Facebook account. It's just as secure, and no password to remember!

Not a Member? Sign Up Here

Please solve this simple math problem to prove that you are a real person.

Register on Comics Alliance quickly by logging in with your Facebook account. It's just as secure, and no password to remember!