It's been nearly a year since Marvel Entertainment announced at SXSW 2013 that it was going to add adaptive audio to its digital comics experience, but now the dream has become a reality.
A mondo medley of both new and already high profile manga series are about to be available digitally for free by way of Japanese publisher Kadokawa. Launching on PC and mobile devices via an app on March 22, Kadokawa's new ComicWalker service will come stocked with scads of titles in Japanese, Chinese and English including Sgt. Frog, Gundam: The Origin and Neon Genesis Evangelion.
When Mark Waid and Paolo Rivera relaunched Daredevil in 2011, they did so with a radical tone shift that broke away from the direction of the book that had been established for years while still building on the past, and when Waid and Chris Samnee ended the run this month, it was with a shift that was every bit as dramatic. Not to spoil anything for those of you who haven't read it yet, but they earned their upcoming relaunch with a series of huge changes to Matt Murdock's life, the least of which saw them transplanting him from his native Hell's Kitchen all the way to San Francisco.
Before the next volume of Daredevil kicks off, however, Waid and artist Peter Krause are taking readers on the cross-country trip in a digital series called Daredevil: Road Warrior. The journey began this week on Comixology, and in the first installment, Waid and Krause aren't just showing that getting there is half the fun, they're making it the main attraction in its own right.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, an e-mail sent to retailers stated that "Diamond Digital has not gained enough traction in the marketplace to continue." The official shut-down date is the end of the month, Friday, Feb. 28.
Starting January 15 Nintendo 3DS owners in Japan will be able to download Collavier's new Comic Studio app, with a Western release planned down the road. Several manga making apps were released for the DS over the years, and the 3DS has built-in notepad functionality and educational game options like Colors! 3D and Art Academy: Lessons for Everyone!, but this new￥800 (roughly $7.63 USD) app looks to be the latest and most powerful way to put together comics on Nintendo's flagship handheld.
It physically pains me to say this, my friends, but Christmas is over for another year. The trees are about to be set out on the street where they will be taken to be set on fire by teens, the stockings are about to go back into the attic because nobody actually has feet shaped like that, and all the presents have been unwrapped. Or have they?!
That's right, folks: Image Comics is keeping the spirit of giving (or, you know, the spirit of consumerism, whatever works for you) alive for another few days with a huge sale on digital comics at their site. Right now, up through Saturday, everything they have is 50% off.
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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.
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