Digital comics have been an important part of the mobile space since the iPhone first took off. While the early versions of reader apps weren't always the best, in the last eight years we've come quite a long way, seeing an evolution right alongside smartphones and tablets to provide better experiences for the readership. This week, Google is shaking things up with its Google Books app, introducing new tools to make it a better space for comics.
Each weekday, ComicsAlliance brings you a carefully selected variety of links from around the web about comics and comics-related media, including movies, video games, toys, and whatever else might be worth noting. Quite frankly, these are items you may just need to know about to have a productive day. Take a look at today's hand-picked links after the jump.
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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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