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by Josh Wigler

"One-click shopping" just got redefined for comiXology users.

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There has been much ado about Marvel's "Unlimited" digital comics program at SXSW over the weekend. From the official press release:

"Marvel Unlimited provides the deepest online reading experience utilizing Marvel’s patented digital reading technology while providing seamless access via iPhone, iPad or iPod touch or web-browser. Now you can truly enjoy your favorite comics anytime, anywhere!"

But where does that leave a digital comics site like comiXology? Doesn't this huge digital initiative by Marvel eat into comiXology's revenue -- not to mention the latter's reputation as the "one-stop-shop" for digital comics? Read More...

Some of Valiant's old-school offerings are available now for free in the ComiXology store.

Sadly, "Quantum and Woody" didn't make the cut...

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The Monkeybrains Studio release through Comixology, "Spirit of the Law," is the latest from "Witch Doctor" creator Brandon Seifert, featuring art by Michael Montenat. "Spirit of the Law" sees Sefiert going supernatural high concept again, but instead of a doctor tasked with curing the mystic ills of the world, it's about gangsters rubbing out the wrong woman, and the vengeful spirit that pursues them.

The story, whose first issue debuted just in time for Halloween, has its writer testing his writing skills against noir--mingling his story of supernatural justice with gangsters, molls, and bosses. So does Seifert and artist succeed in bringing the two worlds together?

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Why waste your time with the best superheroes in the world when you can wallow in the very worst? I kid, of course -- the duo of "Quantum and Woody" puts such teams as "Uncanny Wolverine Bat-Avengers" to shame with their tasteful wit, inappropriate malapropisms and general goat fetishisation. And, like any addictive substance, the first one's FREE!

Only on comiXology -- with the tacit approval of Valiant Comics, of course -- can you read these classic tales again for the first time. The dream-team of Christopher Priest and M.D. "Doc" Bright bring you the misadventures of these two guys: Read More...

By Elizabeth Keenan

ComiXology’s announcement of its upcoming “Submit” program turned an otherwise hypothetical New York Comic Con panel into a strategic instruction session for indie comics artists and writers eager to bring their comics to the digital distribution platform.

ComiXology co-founder John D. Roberts and vice president of marketing and business development Chip Mosher described the program as a way for the company to come back “full circle” to its work with independent creators. The new Submit program will be entirely free to creators, including the conversion to the “Guided View” format that has made ComiXology into the most popular way to read digital comics. Read More...

Now you can get Jamie Hewlett and Alan Grant's patented brand of cussing, violence, misanthropy, and occasional rudeness on your digital comics reading thing.
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Right on the heels of the unprecedented ratings for AMC's The Walking Dead season finale, Robert Kirkman and ComiXology have teamed up to give away The Walking Dead #19 for free. This issue features the introduction of female zombie slasher Michonne and ties directly into season two's final episode! Read More...

We knew when Apple revealed the new iPad and its HD Retina display that developers would be right behind them with hi-res updates for their apps and ComiXology is getting in on the action too. Today they announced version 3.1 of the Comics by ComiXology app and their new HD digital comics format, CMX-HD. Read More...

By Danica Davidson

Now that it’s January, there have been a lot of “Best Of” and favorite lists about things from 2011. comiXology, which hosts more than 5,000 digital comic titles from companies like DC, Marvel, IDW, Digital Manga and more, put together a 2011 comiXologist choice awards. People were asked about their favorite digital comics from 2011 and the results are out.

David Steinberger, the co-founder and CEO of comiXology, talked to MTV Geek about the awards.

“The awards were open to anyone following @comixology on Twitter,” he said. “We thought we'd rely on social media and the incredibly loyal and outspoken fanbase we've built there. This was our way of letting them have the final say on the books they read digitally in 2011. The idea was to have fans tweet us their nominations using the hashtag #comixawards2011. There was a different category designated for each day of the week and fans voted each day by telling us their favorite books.”

When asked if he noticed any trends, he said, “We noticed that a lot of people like a lot of different things! Which is great. We got a really good feel for what people were reading in 2011. We wound up with a long list of nominees and for this first time around we decided to keep with the true spirit of a ‘People’s Choice’ type of an award and feature as many of the books as we possibly could.” Read More...

You can now get all your favorite MTV Comics digitally from comiXology online and through all their apps for only $1.99 each!

Launching today from comiXology are:

Agent Mom #1:

Taylor Jane has it all: a mom and homemaker by day, and a daring agent for the secret organization S.E.C.U.R.E. by night! Add in a hi-tech supersuit, a mysterious leader, and a daughter who's a teenage hacker -- and you have the latest MTV Comic, Agent Mom!

Divination #1:

Anastasia Kempka's teenage life is thrown into chaos after she discovers an eerie connection to the afterlife. What she first thinks is her imagination gone wild quickly turns into a shocking reality filled with spirits, demons and angels that ultimately alters her entire existence. Weary of who is friend or foe in this supernatural nightmare, Ana soon finds herself on a path towards an uncertain destiny that will have drastic consequences for both her and the entire world.

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One of ComiXology’s main priorities has always been to increase the reach of comic books and draw in new readers. The digital comics distributor has held true to that goal and as of last week the Comics by ComiXology app was the top grossing iPad app six weeks in a row!

“When have comic books, not comic book movies, not comic book merchandise, but the actual comic books been #1 in anything, much less high tech?” asked comiXology co-founder and CEO David Steinberger. “Being the number one grossing iPad application six Wednesdays in a row isn’t just a huge milestone for comiXology, but a huge milestone for comics as a medium…and we could not be prouder.” Read More...

It seems like every week publishers are giving readers fewer reasons to go to comic shops--and more reasons to purchase books through apps. Image is the latest publisher to go on the same-day digital kick, albeit in a limited capacity, starting this week with the October 5 releases. Via ComiXology's app and Graphic.ly, some of their top titles like Chew and Skullkickers will be offered on the same day as their digital counterparts. No word on whether Image will follow the DC model of delaying the digital releases until later in the day to allow brick and mortar shops to drum up some business.

Here's the full announcement:

Images Comics, the third largest comics publisher in the United States, announced with comiXology that they would sell the majority of their highly acclaimed comics the same day as print. Top titles like Chew, Pilot Season, The Infinite, Severed and Skullkickers, along with various other titles will join the ranks of long-time same-day-as-print titles like The Walking Dead and Invincible on the Comics by comiXology platform on iOS, Android and comics.comixology.com the same day digitally as print, as well as online at the Comics by comiXology powered comics.imagecomics.com website and Image Comics iOS app.

“Image Comics was one of the first to publish a comic the same day digitally as print with Robert Kirkman’s The Walking Dead, and that turned out great for all involved,” said David Steinberger, CEO of comiXology. “With one of the most diverse selections, we are excited to power their digital initiatives as they publish more of their top comics digitally the same day as print.”

Of course, all Image Comics will also be available digitally on all participating retailers digital storefronts. Retailers can take advantage of the digital storefront program at retailers.comixology.com.

More after the break.
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Comics fans tired of the slow load times experienced with the Comics by comiXology app for iPod, iPhone and iPad are in luck today. The app has just been upgraded with a new user interface and store, improved comic discoverability paths and increased speed.

I’ve spent some time testing out version 3.0 and I am very pleased with the improvements. The app boots up much faster than before, giving us more time to browse through the store and actually read our books. Also, the new “Purchases” tab will show us all the comics we’ve bought while the “My Comics” tab now only displays the comics we’ve actually downloaded on the device. It’s a great move by comiXology and will definitely help with the clutter previously seen under the My Comics tab. Read More...

The argument over print or digital comics rages on, but comiXology and ICv2 are stepping up to try and bring local comic shops into the digital age with the Retailer Digital Storefronts Program, officially launching today.

Originally announced in January, the new collaboration gives brick-and-mortar comic shops the chance to profit from the sale of digital comics through their websites, while still distributing print issues in-store.

Over 100 retailers taking part in the program have deployed comiXology-powered stores and readers that give fans can access to books from top publishers -- including DC Comics, BOOM! Studios, Dynamite and many more --  through the retailer’s website. Also, to coincide with DC’s upcoming relaunch, participating retailers will be able to sell the “New 52” the same day print issues hit shelves. Read More...

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