Well it looks like stock prices in popular tablets are about to go up even more. Today Marvel announced exclusively through gizmodo.com that they will be joining the “day-to-date” club in the digital market.
This comes as no real shock as their biggest competitor, DC Comics, has received a big sales boost with their recent “reboot” and New 52 launch. Marvel’s already been offering day to date digital copies of select titles, but their new plan will have the vast majority of the rest of the Marvel’s publishing’s staggering in and completing by the end of March 2012.
Times have been tough for comics lately. Despite owning every summer blockbuster for the last five years, print has been declining steadily with no hope of a boost in sales. It’s times like these when businesses have to make a change or die, and that’s exactly what DC Comics has done.
After mountains of speculation and controversy the #1’s are finally hitting and immediately flying off the shelves. Large titles such as Justice League are going into their third printings already after only being for sale for three weeks, while smaller, but very controversial, books like Batgirl already have orders for second printings.
The day that comic geeks have been waiting for is finally here, the day it all changes…or does it?
DC Comics begins its risky campaign today to reinvigorate its brand and its audience’s enthusiasm for comics. As we’ve mentioned in articles and podcasts over the last three months, DC is “rebooting” its universe so that it can be more accessible to a new audience, while simultaneously hoping to retain its current readers. With”day-to-date” availability of digital versions of the same comics being released, DC has taken bold steps, perhaps necessary to usher the comic industry into the digital age.
Last night, aided by artist Caleb Cleveland, Comic Issues talked to the readers and the store owner of the San Diego comic shop staple ComicKaze, Robert Scott, seeking their impressions of DC’s biggest gamble.
Like the great explorers of the past, I too went on an adventure. I journeyed through the deep jungles of Deviant Art, to discover what would turn out to be the latest addition to the already long list of webcomics that I read. I’m speaking of Plume. I had the opportunity to sit down with the creator Kari Smith to discuss the series and where she finds her inspiration as an artist.
Be sure to stay tuned as we continue to showcase other great artists. If you know anyone that you would like to see interviewed as a Featured Artist, please drop me a line on email@example.com.
With the recent announcement of the DC Relaunch lots and lots of information has smacked us in the face. Like who’s who? What’s happening to “such and such”? Where is my favorite character going? And what the hell are they now wearing?
I thought I’d take the time to spotlight some of the more bizarre fashion designs that we are going to be “looking forward” to in recent months. Now I haven’t been to the future to see if these costumes stick around. I’m just as fearful as the next geek, and trying to understand some of the “bolder” choices.
But lets dive in and discuss, shall we?
It’s day three of DC’s revolutionary move to take the lead of the digital market, and the hits just keep on coming. Today ten additional titles where announced along with their creative teams for the release of what will be fifty-two (is this number on purpose?) new rebooted titles coming out in September. These will follow Geoff Johns’ and Jim Lee’s Justice League #1. DC is doing a lot to generate an enormous amount of buzz and excitement for what is also considered to be a huge gamble on its part.
Starting with Justice League #1, and continuing throughout the month of September, all fifty-two titles will be available in combo packs. Much like the DVD/download combo pack treatment that the movie industry has initiated, these titles will be available at comic shops in poly bags with a digital download code inside, all for the price of $4.99. Although the price may sound a little steep, these are all oversized issues that will include a digital copy. Separate print and digital copies will be available at comic shops and online respectively. Old fashioned print copies will be $3.99, and their digital versions will be $2.99. Have no fear though, after September, both print and digital copies will return to their original prices of $2.99 for print and $1.99 for digital.
Since May 31, the entire comic world has been talking about one thing: DC’s new line up. Many of DC’s heavy hitting lead books have been announced already, like Batman, Justice League, and Green Lantern, but with the absence of Superman’s books (and many of the supporting ensemble books still to be revealed), there is definitely much more to come. On Tuesday, DC announced a “supernatural” line-up of titles that was a bit unexpected, but by Wednesday the comic giant was back to business with even more superhero books focusing on the younger teenaged heroes.
The more magical and supernatural books come as a bit of a surprise as they feature older characters from DC’s Vertigo line. Although not completely out of place, they do stand apart from the traditional superhero comics that will be sitting next to them on the store shelves. They also seem like somewhat of a risk as they’ll be among the debut titles that DC is depending on to help change the face of the comic industry.
Tim Drake will finally make his appearance among the rebooted fifty-two titles. After Dick Grayson’s appearance as Nightwing and Damien Wayne’s as the Robin in Batman & Robin, there was a level of fear from fans that perhaps Batman’s third Robin didn’t have a place in the DCU. Fortunately now, Tim Drake will be reprising his role as Red Robin when he leads the new Teen Titans book that was released with several other books revolving around teenaged heores.
Since DC’s huge announcement of the rebooting of 52 of its books, eleven books have been released. However, as we all know, the hunger of comic readers around the world cannot be satisfied with such a small offering! As of June 6, DC has announced fifteen additional titles that will be released in the month of September along with all the others. Among these new titles are the much discussed Bat-books and, although it seems that not everyone’s represented as of yet, the talent is looking pretty spectacular.
In what will probably be the biggest comic book news this year, DC Comics announced today (via USA Today article) that beginning August 31st over 50 of their biggest titles will be renumbered back to #1.
Although renumbering a title isn’t new, or even that uncommon, each title will also be getting a fresh reboot. DC Co-Publisher Jim Lee has been involved with many character costume redesigns, all in an attempt to make characters in the DCU (DC Universe) more recognizable and more appealing to a contemporary audience.
The DCU reboot will begin Aug. 31st with Justice League #1, written by DC’s Chief Creative Officer Geoff Johns with long time comic book legend (and previously mentioned Co-Publisher for DC Comics) Jim Lee. Justice League #1 will include the classic cast : Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, The Flash, and Aquaman.
The two comic book industry heavyweights will lead the charge on DC’s Flagship book as the following rebooted / renumbered books will come out in September. While rebooting a huge portion of the 76 year old comic universe is big news by itself, DC also announced a move that may finally put the company ahead of it’s long time rival Marvel Comics in the comic book industry.