October 4, 2013
Assembled, Zipped, Transferred And Downloaded: Digital News
By Tom Spurgeon
* a press release from Viz Media tells me that they've just launched 1500 titles
on the Kindle -- basically their entire digital catalog. That seems like a big deal, although I can never tell with things that are like overt moves as opposed to news that bubbles up on its own because I don't know how people are reacting to these efforts. The basic price point for new titles will apparently be $6.99. I don't know enough about basic price points for digital media to know if that's high or low, but my gut reaction as a consumer is that it wouldn't be an inducement for me to buy anything I probably wasn't going to buy at a higher price. Then again, I probably wouldn't be engaging their catalog at the new-titles level.
* new feature debuts at Thrillbent
. Mark Waid made deserved news this week with his essay to young freelancers not to eat shit on the job, but I imagine he'd love for some attention for his site's content offerings as well.
* creator Dev Torbin wrote in his e-mail to CR
has never released an entire webcomic all at once, as they've done with his The Prince And The Pooper
* Gary Tyrrell at Fleen
does a lot of things well, but one of the things he does that I like best are these pre-con write-ups
on the presence of webcomics at major comics shows. The latest is NYCC. The presences is always a bit bigger than I would guess. Tyrell also has an update on various launches and projects for Strip Search finalists
, note this Ryan North comic is #2500
, and got me to an anniversary notice here
from Rich Burlew. All in a week's work for that guy.
* an ambitious set of Edgar Rice Burroughs-related webcomics has launched
* some "lost" Neil Gaiman comics are being made available
, proceeds to charity.
* finally, Madefire announced a big round of venture fund raising and generally crowed about their combination of original "motion books" and deals with publishers for same in articles like this one
posted 5:00 am PST
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