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Grant Snider’s latest lovely tribute to reading
May 14, 2015 | 10:25 am

AReadersManifesto-Blog  The reading-friendly work of comic artist Grant Snider has appeared before multiple times in Teleread, but no apology for linking to the latest reading advocacy strip on his website, "A Reader's Manifesto." And you can see from the content just how in favor of reading he is, and how good his work would be as campaign material for any literacy or library advocacy initiative. Snider explains that "I made this manifesto for the Colombian newspaper El Espectador. Thanks to editor Daniel Jimenez Quiroz!" And as usual, posters for the graphic are are available at his online shop. This makes double sense in...

Katie Green, pacing, ebooks and the graphic novel debate
August 10, 2014 | 4:57 pm

One of the most interesting and relevant debates for TeleRead readers to emerge out of the Edinburgh International Book Festival 2014 on its first day came up on the course of a panel on graphic novels, featuring  Katie Green and Matilda Tristram, both British graphic novelists noted for using the format to tackle issues of illness and other decidedly adult subject matter. Katie Green complained, and tweeted, that "The format of a physical book gives you a sense of rhythm and pacing that you just don't get in other formats." Other Twitter users were quick to object, with one dismissing the complaint...

Comic book shop advocate pushes for windowing of digital comics
May 2, 2014 | 4:58 am

The Southgate, Michigan News-Herald has a story about a local comic book shop owner, Dennis Barger, who has formed a nationwide “Comic Book Retailers Alliance” to advocate for print comic book shops. His rhetoric should sound familiar to anyone who’s watched e-books “kill” print bookstores. Barger said, despite what some people in the industry think, social media and other marketing isn’t what sells books for the most part. “The employees at local comic shops pushing these books is the difference in being in the top 200...

Dark Horse Comics Available on Google Play
March 25, 2013 | 1:00 pm

At the risk of angering Dan with yet another article featuring the company that begins with the letter "G," I wanted to let you know about some new comics available on Google Play. Over 400 Dark Horse volumes are available in any country where Play books are available. To sweeten the deal, for a limited time, the first installment of select series are on sale in the U.S. and Canada for $3.99. You may be saying, "So what? Dark Horse comics are on Comixology." True, but some of the titles on Google Play aren't available on Comixology, like Buffy the Vampire Slayer....

Updated: Marvel offers over 700 Issue #1 comics, if you can get them
March 11, 2013 | 10:37 am

As part of their SXSW2013 celebration, Marvel is offering over 700 first issue digital comics, for free. Yes, this includes X-Men, Avengers, Spider-Man and other popular characters. You can "buy" them from either Marvel's Digital Comic store or through Comixology. Proof that this is a popular promotion? I couldn't get the comic store to open online, and when I opened my ComiXology app, it gave me an error message (no Internet connection). Yes, I have a connection. Unfortunately, everyone else was trying to get their comics, and it looks like we all crashed the site. Don't worry. You still have until Tuesday, March...

Despite high-resolution tablet displays, comic book fans still prefer print
April 2, 2012 | 10:15 am

comics_02_store-4f75931-introArs Technica’s Charles Jade has a fairly long piece looking at what the new double-resolution retina display on the iPad 3 might mean for comics. Most interestingly, it has some comparison screenshots of comics at the old and new resolutions. While the resolution doesn’t make too much of a difference to the art, I was surprised how much clearer it makes the speech bubble fonts—at the old resolution, the letters are downright fuzzy, but at the new they’re much sharper and clearer. Jade also talks to Jeremy Tarney, CEO of the comic book store Ultimate Comics, about the effect...

Digital comic resources: Marvel introduces Infinite Comics
March 19, 2012 | 8:30 am

  That's the title of an article in Comic Book Resources: Marvel easily stole the digital thunder this week with their announcement of the digital-only Marvel Infinite Comics line and their Marvel AR augmented-reality app at SXSW. DC saw not one but two issues of their relaunched "Justice League" make the digital top ten, alongside their digital-first "Justice League Beyond." And Digital Manga had a bad week -- their account has been suspended from the Kindle Store, apparently because the yaoi manga they publish is too hot for the Kindle, although the store continues to carry plenty of steamy content from other...

Marvel to bundle free digital comic downloads with all $3.99 flagship titles
March 15, 2012 | 11:15 am

The idea of throwing in a free e-book copy with purchase of a printed book is one that a lot of book fans have long said they’d like to see publishers try. Well, now one is—though it’s a comic book publisher. Marvel has posted an article on its news blog announcing that, starting in June 2012, it will be bundling digital codes with all $3.99 Marvel comics—flagship titles such as Avengers, Captain America, Amazing Spider-Man, and others—that will allow download of the same issue in the iOS and Android Marvel Comics apps at no additional fee. Marvel already bundled...

Digital Comic Sales Triple in 2011 & Yale U. Adds New Content to Comic Series
February 17, 2012 | 9:36 am

Infodocket From ICv2: ICv2 has released its estimate for the digital comics market in 2011: $25 million.  That’s over triple the sales in the channel in 2010, when ICv2 estimated the digital comics market at $8 million.  That’s a total for the English language market, as sales are not restricted by territory and a significant percentage of those sales are from consumers outside North America. The growth rate accelerated in the second half of the year. ICv2 had estimated that the growth rate at mid-year 2011 was roughly twice 2010 but by the end of the year, growth was significantly faster. Read the Complete Article and...

Dark Horse begins selling digital Star Wars comics
July 24, 2011 | 6:06 pm

darkhorsestarwarsAt San Diego Comic Con, CNet reports, Dark Horse has announced it will be publishing Star Wars comics digitally, going along with its other digital comic selections. It currently has more than 50 Star Wars comics available purchase through its on-line store at The comics will cost the same as other Dark Horse digital comics, with most priced at $1.99, some at $1.49, regular $0.99-per-comic sales, and several free issues, said Jeremy Atkins, Dark Horse's director of public relations. "This represents a game-changing moment in our digital program as we bring not only one of...

DC digital comics not favorably priced
July 17, 2011 | 2:53 pm

52issueMy friend Eric Burns has recently started blogging again on Websnark, his blog that largely covers webcomics and comic books. In a post today, Burns looks at DC’s plans for same-day digital availability of every issue of every book starting with its “reboot” later this year, the “New 52”. While at first glance it looks like great news for those who prefer their media digital—especially since print comics are no longer as widely available as they used to be—Burns finds it runs up right against one of the same problems that has dogged print versus e-books: the matter of price....

Comic shops to have a digital presence with Diamond/iVerse Media
February 11, 2011 | 8:56 am

Screen shot 2011 02 11 at 8 55 44 AMFrom the press release: Imagine a future where readers and fans can visit their local comic shop to buy not just physical copies of new comics, but also digital editions that aren’t available anywhere else, and can be viewed in multiple platforms including iPhone, iPad, web, and others. That future is coming soon as Diamond Comic Distributors (DCD) – the world’s largest distributor of English-language comic books, graphic novels and related pop-culture merchandise – joins forces with iVerse Media – the pioneer of digital comics and creators of the popular ComicsPLUS reader – to empower 2,700+ brick and mortar comic shops to...

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