We round up the digital comics and manga announcements made at New York Comic Con here, which include new content, new apps, and more. We’ve previously covered the digital comics announcements that came out before New York Comic Con (see “DC Brings Key Graphic Novels to comiXology, Google Play”, and “Pre-NYCC Digital Round-Up”).
ComiXology released some survey information on its readers, including the fact that 80% of readers use a tablet, 44% a computer, and 36% a phone to read comics. Over 2/3 of its survey respondents like to read comics late at night. The average spend on digital comics is $100 per year, with around 25% spending $400 or more per year. The top all-time purchaser of comiXology digital comics spent $63,129.
Corinthian Productions released 13 Coins, created by the screenwriters of Hitman: Absolution (Martin Brennan & Michael B. Jackson) and artists Simon Bisley and Ken Muftic, as a new app available on the iOS platform.
Happinet, which makes Manga 2.5 motion comics from manga, was a new exhibitor at New York Comic Con, promoting its Hadigirl motion comic (see “NYCC Photos Part 8”).
Lion Forge has acquired licenses to produce comics based on NBCUniversal TV shows Airwolf, Knight Rider, Miami Vice, Punky Brewster, and Saved by the Bell. First releases are digital comics based on Airwolf (by David Gordon and Koi Turnbull) and Knight Rider (by Geoffrey Thorne and Jason Johnson) on the iVerse platform, with ebook releases planned to follow.
Madefire began releasing the first of the licensed titles it announced at San Diego Comic Con (see “Madefire Takes Big Step Forward”) with motion books based on Transformers, Star Trek, and My Little Pony.
Mangapolo, a project of the Japanese Digital Comic Association and ad agency Dentsu, was at New York Comic Con promoting its frame-by-frame videos of manga and other promotions. The Association shut down its English-language digital manga services earlier this year (see “JManga Shuts Down”).
SequentialInk was launched in January by former Archaia publisher Mike Kennedy and has been publishing a new page of comics daily for a variety of running series. In October, the company launched Neil Gaiman’s Lost Tales, a 100-page collection of 80s Gaiman stories from Outrageous Tales from the Old Testament, and Seven Deadly Sins, Trident Comics, 2000 AD, and more as a free download in a charity promotion by SequentialInk and Knockabout Comics. For each copy downloaded before December 31, a $.50 donation will be made to Malaria No More UK. SequentialInk also announced its first Kickstarter, for a collection of Super-Ego: A Comic about Heroes Who Need Help, by Caio Oliveira.
--Disclosure: ICv2 has a business relationship with comiXology as a representative for its Retailer Tools; ICv2 CEO Milton Griepp also serves on the board of comiXology.
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Posted by ICv2 on October 28, 2013 @ 12:34 am CT