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What the Future Holds: Exploring Stela’s First Wave of New Digital Comics

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Stela is a new smartphone app that offers original, exclusive comics optimized for the phone-reading experience. Chapters release every week, and you can read them all for a flat subscription fee of $5 a month. Reading the comics in Stela is smooth and intuitive. Each chapter is read via a downward scroll, and it totally works. Stela moves beyond Comixology's Guided View technology to offer comics that were born to be read on phones, and the result is extremely effective and, at its best, beautiful. However, there are some things about the app that I don't love.

All I want is to look at a simple list or menu of the titles available, but Stela doesn't want to give me that, just a sliding visual menu along the bottom of the screen. Also when I was reading a comic, I wanted to be reminded of the title, and there seems to be no way to bring that up without exiting the reading experience. But let's take a look at opening wave of comics available so far to help give you a sense of what Stela has to offer.

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Dark Horse Pushes 12 Creator-Owned Series For SDCC, Including ‘Fight Club 2′, ‘Lady Killer’, And ‘Hellboy And The B.P.R.D.’

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Over the last twelve days, Dark Horse has thrown a spotlight on twelve new creator-owned titles that they plan to promote at this year's San Diego Comic-Con. The series include the Fight Club sequel from Chuck Palahniuk and Cameron Stewart, a new Hellboy series from Mike Mignola and John Arcudi, and Joëlle Jones and Jamie S. Rich's Lady Killer.

Also in the mix; new series from Jeff Lemire, Matt Kindt, Rafael Albuquerque, and Cullen Bunn, and sequels to Colder, from Paul Tobin and Juan Ferreyra, and Alabaster, from Caitlin R. Kiernan and Joëlle Jones.

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Vertigo’s ‘The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo’ Comic To Be Supported With TV Ad Campaign [Video]

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Stieg Larsson's Millennium Trilogy of crime novels first rocked best-seller lists with millions of copies sold; then it became a big-screen success -- twice -- with both Swedish-language and Hollywood movies; and it plans to take on comic books when Stieg Larsson's The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo Vol...

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