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This week's PIPELINE touches on DC Comics’ new letters columns, Fantagraphics' upcoming Carl Barks hardcovers, more trouble in bookstore land, the unintended consequences of $3.99 day and date digital comics and more.
ROBOT 6’s Brigid Alverson looks back at digital comics in 2010, noting the introduction of the iPad, initiatives by publishers, day-and-date releases, marketing to a wider audience and piracy, among other topics.
As the clock ticks down on 2010, CBR ranks the top ten stories that had readers, retailers and creators buzzing from the past 12 months from DC's restructuring to the advent of a major legal digital marketplace and more!
For the first time, the House of Ideas will release a highly-touted event series on its iPad and iPhone App – making for big questions about retailers and audiences for the Brian Bendis/Mark Millar story.
Brian Hibbs is at it again this month with a look at 2010 sales figures, an examination of "deconstructed" storytelling, the effect of event comics and rising prices on periodical sales and more.
In honor of the holiday shopping Black Friday kick off, DC Comics has made its entire run of "Blackest Night" comics, 79 issues in all, available for download on the dedicated app for $0.99 each.
Located on the publisher's homepage, the new online store for DC Comics will offer desktop digital product and work with previously released platforms like their iPad app, explains Jim Lee, with "Dark Knight Returns" and others in the mix.
Steve Lieber and Jeff Parker explain how a posting of their Image series "Underground" on the infamous 4chan led to a massive sales boost thanks to Lieber's participation and how they plan on moving forward.
What was intended to be a debate between webcomics titan Scott Kurtz and legendary cartoonist Ted Rall about web versus print turned into a thoughtful discussion about the future of print media.
DC Comics' Jim Lee, Ron Perrazza and Hank Kanalz joined comiXology's David Steinberg at New York Comic Con to discuss the publisher's digital future, the way in which the comics industry is changing and more.
Hank Kanalz, former vice president and general manager of WildStorm Productions, has been promoted to vice president-digital of DC Comics, based in Burbank, CA where he will also oversee DC Kids. ROBOT 6 has details.
Mark Waid spoke with CBR TV about his new position as CCO of BOOM! Studios, stronger interaction between "Irredeemable" and Incorruptible," his infamous Baltimore Comic Con speech on digital comics and more.
Dark Horse unveiled a new, in-house designed and maintained digital comics app at NYCC that will offer both older and brand-new comics on a variety of platforms, announced a new "Dollhouse" series and much more.
ICv2's White Paper reports on sales trends which have seen graphic novels slide 20% this year to the explosive growth of digital comics, Mark Waid's latest thoughts on publishing, Marvel's move back to $2.99 and more.
Promoted as a benefit of digital sales, Marvel Comics' David Gabriel announced at the ICv2 Conference On Comics & Digital that the publisher would debut new titles at a lower price point in January.
Robert Kirkman spoke with CBR News about the newly launched simultaneous digital and print release dates for "The Walking Dead," saying that all of his books would undergo a similar shift "very soon."
ROBOT 6 spoke with Graphic.ly founder and president Micah Baldwin about the company's new partnership with Marvel Comics, what separates Graphic.ly from other digital comic publishers and more.
Image Comics Publisher Eric Stephenson and comiXology CEO David Steinberger explained the ins and out of the new Image app and how creator-rights remain king as the company moves into the mobile comics space.
Image and comiXology have released a new App dedicated to the publisher's imprints and titles, available now on the iTunes store for use with the iPod Touch, iPhone and iPad. ROBOT 6 has the details.
David Steinberger, the CEO of the biggest player in digital comics, spoke with CBR News about comiXology's plans for Zuda creators, new content, reader recruitment in the age of digital comics and more.
Despite the proliferation and growing popularity of handheld devices like iPads, iPhones and Kindles, panelists said digital comic publishers continue struggle to get their comics into the hands of would-be buyers.
DC Comics Co-Publisher Jim Lee spoke with CBR TV about his Wonder Woman costume revamp, public reaction to the new look, DC's digital initiative, what it means for printed comics, DCU Online and more.
Brian Hibbs returns this month with news about a meeting DC Comics held for retailers in the wake of their digital comics announcement, leaving Hibbs feeling cautiously optimistic about the publisher's plans.
Has the advent of DC, Marvel and other publishers making content available through iTunes caused you to buy or consider buying an iPad to take your collection digital? CBR wants to know!
Just what is the deal with Marvel and DC's royalty programs? Why were last week's war of royalty words ironic and semantic? Are retailers really to blame? And, finally, Augie surmises that competition is good!
With digital comics royalty payments debate overtaking the web, Marvel E-i-C Joe Quesada explains who will be getting paid and lifts up the curtain on the recent Avengers Summit with an exclusive look at "Avengers" #3.
Yesterday, Marvel brass responded via Twitter to DC Comics' claims of being the first to offer royalties on digital sales with comments indicating DC erred in their statement. ROBOT 6 tries to piece the puzzle together.
It's a PIPELINE: EXTRA as Augie comments on today's big digital comics news, namely DC's digital initiative, which features a sliding price point, day-and-date comics and other aspects Augie gives a thumbs up to.
In response to their surprise day-and-date plans for their digital comics move, DC Comics has let retailers know that the already ordered copies of the bi-weekly "Justice League" series affected will be returnable.
PSP users are also getting the DC Comics digital comic book treatment today, offering traditional DC and gaming-oriented titles to millions of PlayStation Network members. ROBOT 6 has details.
With an ambitious rollout for DC Comics content on computers, iPads, PSPs and more starting today, DC's digital leaders Jim Lee and John Rood talk to CBR about creator royalties, retailer inclusion and content choices.
Brian Hibbs is back with more on digital comics, this time focusing on the current debate over Day-and-Date releases, what they would mean to the comic book industry as a whole and why slow and cautious is the way to go.
This week, Augie has one more thing to say about Marvel's pricing strategy on digital comics. Plus, thoughts on comic book lawsuits, conventions, oddball comic-related videos on-line, Venice, Italy and plenty more.
"Ulysses Seen" co-creator Rob Berry spoke with ROBOT 6 about the recent controversy surrounding his comic and the iTunes store, Apple's sudden turnaround on censoring the work and what awaits future installments.
On the heels of their new iPad application shuttling big name titles to Apple's family of devices, BOOM! Studios is expanding their mobile comics plans via comiXology, iVerse, Graphic.ly, and Panelfly to release their entire backlist.