Wednesday and Thursday were pretty big days for digital comics – First, IDW Publishing landed on Barnes & Nobles' new Nook Tablet with over 15 of their hottest titles, then Marvel released the new Marvel Comics app 3.0 and Dark Horse announced they'd be delivering all of their titles day & date digitally the same day as print. Yea, all of that happened in two days... Head past the break for the lowdown on all of this digital comics madness!
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The Nook Tablet is Barnes & Nobles recent replacement for their popular Nook Color eReader. It runs a custom version of Google's Android OS and gives users access to TV, movies, games, apps, e-mail and best of all full color comics books. To make things even better, IDW recently struck a new deal with the big-time book seller, bringing titles such as Locke & Key, True Blood and Bloom County to the tablet. You can check out the full list of IDW comics now available on the Nook Tablet below. Read More...

With November’s release of Avenging Spider-Man #1, Marvel Comics instituted an interesting program: with every print copy of the book, readers also got a digital code allowing them to download an electronic copy, “free.” And I was ready to write this off as a quirky experiment, until I started reading Game of Thrones… And now I believe it’s not just a good idea to include them in every comic and graphic novel, it’s necessary for the survival of the industry.

Wait. Game of Thrones? What? Let me explain: a few months ago, like most of the English speaking world, I got obsessed with George Rudolph Reindeer Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire series, and started reading the books. This was actually just before San Diego Comic-Con, and rather than lugging around four giant novels (even in paperback), I decided to download a cheaper bundle on my phone… And found the experience was excellent. I still prefer the paper books, and it’s a little easier on my eyes, but having the book available in my phone, to read a few pages here and there whenever I wanted was excellent.

Still, when it came time to read the fourth volume – A Dance With Dragons – I hesitated from buying it digitally, mainly because my wife hadn’t been able to read the books off my phone (because, you know, I need my phone), so we had bought the paperbacks for her. She surprised me, and bought the hardcover book, which is massive. I’ve been plowing through it for the past week, dragging it everywhere with me, and I love it… Again, the physical act of reading a book is very pleasing, particularly to someone who basically grew up in a library like I did. Read More...

Viz Media announced some ambitious plans at New York Comic-Con last month: They are taking Shonen Jump from a monthly print magazine to a digital weekly—and once they do, they will be running each chapter of Naruto and five other manga just two weeks after it appears in Japan.

That means they have some catching up to do: Volume 58 of Naruto was just released in Japan last week, meaning there is a five-volume gap between the American and the Japanese releases. In order to close the gap in time, Viz is publishing the next few volumes digitally way ahead of their print release dates on both the Vizmanga.com website and their iPad/iPod app. Volume 54 is available now, and volume 55 will be out on November 21. Dead-tree enthusiasts will have to wait for January and March, respectively, for the two volumes. Read More...

Barnes & Noble's original Nook Color has been one of the iPad's fiercest competitors thanks to a more accessible price point and streamlined, Android-based user interface. Not to be outdone by Amazon's new Kindle Fire, Barnes & Noble announced on Monday the Nook Tablet and Marvel jumped on board with loads of comics! Read More...

This is huge: via an extensive Gizmodo post from this morning, we've learned that Marvel is joining DC and Image on the day and date digital delivery bandwagon, with all titles in the Marvel and Ultimate Marvel universes being available on your favorite e-reader. This announcement sees the top three publishers embracing digital delivery as a viable platform for new comics. What remains to be seen is how each will, in turn, figure out the best means to market their titles beyond brick and mortar locations, while navigating the quirks of the current systems (did you know you still have to buy comic bundles online and not in-app?). Read More...

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...

Kodansha Comics joined the digital age yesterday with its own iPad app, and it kicked it off with a special deal, offering all 16 volumes of Fairy Tail at a discounted price of $2.99 per volume.

Dallas Middaugh, director of publishing services for Kodansha Comics, announced the app to a standing-room-only crowd that had come to see Fairy Tail creator Hiro Mashima at the Kodansha panel at New York Comic Con on Friday evening. The app launched at midnight on Friday with four series: Fairy Tail, Arisa, Sayonara Zetsubou-Sensei, and Until the Full Moon, and Middaugh promised that more are on the way. The standard price for a volume of manga will be $4.99, and the special discount on Fairy Tail will last for two weeks, until October 28. Read More...

Starting next spring, fans will be able to read new chapters of Naruto, Bleach, Bakuman, and other Shonen Jump manga digitally just two weeks after their Japanese release!

Via Media announced today at New York Comic Con that it will take its Shonen Jump magazine digital after the April 2012 issue. The new magazine, Shonen Jump Alpha, will be released weekly and will be available at for $25.99 per year; readers can also rent a single issue for 99 cents for four weeks' access. Each weekly issue will feature fresh chapters of Naruto, Bleach, Bakuman, Naruto, One Piece, Nura: Rise of the Yokai Clan, and Toriko and will be available via the Vizmanga.com website and Viz's iPad and iPhone/iPod Touch apps.

Hisahi Sasaki, the editor-in-chief of the Japanese magazine Weekly Shonen Jump, which publishes all six series, was present at the panel along with Viz senior vice president Alvin Lu to make the announcement. Read More...


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The online manga magazine GEN launched in April, and at first, it looked a bit dubious. The first issue, which contained the first chapters of four different series, was free. Each new issue costs $2.99, but once two more issues come out, it becomes free as well, so with the debut of issue 5, readers can access issues 1-3 for free. It's a little complicated, but it makes a lot of sense: Readers can catch up on the stories for nothing, then pay a small amount to get the latest chapters. In an interview with Otaku News, editor-in-chief Robert McGuire said that the magazine is covering its costs and looks like it will be good in the long run. Eventually, he says, he will collect the stories into volumes, just as other manga publishers do now.

While many manga publishers place restrictions on their content, allowing it to be read only in a particular app and only in certain countries, GEN is DRM-free. You download the PDF, and that's it—it's yours to keep, to move around from computer to iPad to any other device that reads PDFs. It won't expire, and if the company goes belly-up, you'll still be able to read your manga.

This is truly a subversive idea, letting readers all over the world just download the comics and read them. GEN is currently published in English and Japanese, but McGuire said that readers in other languages have expressed interest, so French, German, and Italian editions are possible in the near future. Read More...

To honor the untimely passing of Minck Oosterveer on September 19, 2011, BOOM Studios is offering all issues of the gifted artist's collaboration with Mark Waid, The Unknown and The Unknown: Devil Made Flesh for free through digital distributors comiXology, iVerse, Graphicly, and mydigitalcomics. These are both great collections and a great way to remember the artist who was just gaining ground here in the States. Read More...

Thanks to apps from companies like comiXology and Graphic.ly, digital comic books are pretty easy to find on our Apple devices, but doesn’t Apple have their own digital bookstore? Why can’t we just by comics through there? We’ve been wondering for quite some time and now the wait is over. As of today IDW has become the first major publisher to offer digital graphic novels through Apple iBooks!

Based on the initial lineup of comic books available from IDW it seems like they may be limiting their iBooks presence to trade paperbacks and avoiding the single issues, which is completely fine with us -- iBooks doesn’t have much in the way of organization and a bunch of single issues could get sloppy. Read More...

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...

Welcome to Flashpoint Facts, the feature that gets you caught up on DC’s Event Flashpoint… In a flash! And naturally, there be spoilers here:

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So we’re still wrapping up the Flashpoint minis – an event in and of itself that started two weeks ago. However, this is the first of a trend: the dreaded “To Be Continued!” I mean, honestly, not so dreaded, really, but like most of the titles this week, Abin Sur relies heavily on the continuity established by the main Flashpoint mini, including its dangling ending. Read More...

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