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April 11, 2014

Assembled, Zipped, Transferred And Downloaded: News From Digital

By Tom Spurgeon

* before they decided to dominate the news cycle with word of their acquisition by Amazon, comiXology announced the digital debut of Hate and Meat Cake. I like both of those comics, and think Hate is one of the all-time greats. I hope that this gives people easy access to Peter Bagge's series as we start to pay attention to it with the 25th anniversary rounding into view.

* Alan Gardner has a write-up here on the King Features' Comics Kingdom service and a bundle of improvements they've put into place.

* Johanna Draper Carlson notes that Oni Press is using an on-line serialization model to offer chunks of its June book Archer Coe And The Thousand Natural Shocks in advance. A lot of people thought this would become a dominant model fairly quickly when the on-line distributors kind of settled into whatever that market would look like moving forward -- the fairly quickly is out the window, but it's still easy to see the model catching on.

* finally, Ron Marz and Rick Leonardi will do a webcomic using the Korak character created by Edgar Rice Burroughs. He's Tarzan's kid. There are free samples up for now, but the model is actually pay-for-access, which I think is an interesting and probably wholly apt model to try with this particular set of projects.
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