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January 3, 2014

100 Comics Positives For 2013: comiXology's Big Year


The digital comics distribution service comiXology is an increasingly dominant player in the comics market, even simply employing more people than all but a handful of comics-related business. They've even pushed very strongly into Europe. One notable thing is that they've remained good comics citizens, even sponsoring the Ignatz Awards on behalf of their small-press program Submit. A mix of old-school comics people, cartoonists, and digital media business men, there's no reason to think there isn't a ton of work left for the company to do. What may be most exciting, though, is that unlike most comics businesses pundits have no idea what to expect from the company, there's so little in the way of a track record with which to track what they're doing.

I don't know how the company's services are regarded by those that tend to read comics digitally as the primary way they access the art form, but one thing I think is a relief is that one of the companies has finally distinguished itself in a forceful manner, making it the measuring stick for what anyone does from here on out.
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