A slick move by Graphicly, which is going to push my digital comics buying over the edge!
Yesterday, iPhone and iPad owners excitingly downloaded and installed iOS 5, the latest version of the operating system for those devices. In addition to the all the great updates, iOS 5 includes the rollout of the Newsstand, a way to easily subscribe to magazines and other periodical content. Seems like a great place for comics, donâ€™t you think? We think so too!
Weâ€™re extremely excited today to announce that Graphicly is the first and only provider of monthly comics available on the Newsstand in iOS 5. Â Weâ€™ve teamed up with leading comics publishers, Image Comics and BOOM! Studios to make some of the best ongoing series available for subscription on the Newsstand in iOS 5. Â Today, you can go and purchase subscriptions for the following books:
The Newsstand versions of these comics provide a brand new, Graphicly powered interface for iOS 5 that weâ€™re immensely proud of. Â Youâ€™ll be able to read your comics via the title specific application, and thanks to the Newsstand, youâ€™ll automatically receive each issue as itâ€™s released, same day as print! You donâ€™t need to manually download the issue, it gets delivered directly to your iPad! Doesnâ€™t get easier to enjoy your comics than that!
If you donâ€™t read any of the above titles, now seems like a great time to jump on, especially since all the issues for each title are easily accessible from within the app!Â These are just the first titles that weâ€™ve released to the Newsstand. Comic fans can expect even more titles to be rolled out soon!
Hereâ€™s the official press release:
Graphicly Announces Support for iOS 5; Brings Leading Digital Comic Titles to NewsstandÂ
The Walking Dead, Invincible, Irredeemable and More Now Available on Newsstand
SAN FRANCISCO, CA â€“ October 13, 2011 â€“Â Graphicly is proud to announce that many of its leading digital comics titles, includingÂ Â The Walking Dead, Invincible and Irredeemable are now available on Newsstand, a key feature of the newly released iOS 5.Â By working with leading publishers, including Image Comics and BOOM! Studios, Graphicly is making it even easier to subscribe to some of the best comic books on the market.
Utilizing Newsstand in iOS5, Graphicly is able to deliver comics directly to readers without the need for downloading additional applications and searching for titles. Now readers can easily browse for and subscribe to their favorite titles in the Newsstand, and have new issues delivered to their devices immediately. New titles will be released the same day as print and delivered seamlessly to users. This is a bold new way for readers to discover and enjoy stories, making it easier than ever to never miss an issue.
â€œThe leading publishers and creators understand that developing a relationship with their fans is the most important thing,â€ said Micah Baldwin, CEO of Graphicly. â€œNewsstand ensures that relationship continues and grows each time a comic is released.â€
The titles launched on the Apple Newsstand, powered by Graphicly, and available immediately include such hit comic books as:
- The Walking DeadÂ by Robert Kirkman andÂ Â Charlie Adlard from Image Comics
- Savage DragonÂ by Erik Larsen, from Image Comics
- IrredeemableÂ by Mark Waid and Peter Krause from BOOM! Studios
- InvincibleÂ by Robert Kirkman and Ryan Ottley from Image Comics
- Morning GloriesÂ by Nick Spencer and Joe Eisma from Image Comics
- Near DeathÂ by Jay Faerber and Simone Guglielmini from Image Comics
Graphicly has partnered with the top publishers to ensure individual comics are released for purchase on a regular schedule.
Graphicly is a cutting-edge entertainment digital content delivery system and community platform, providing an immersive solution to tell, share and collaborate around story. With more than 300 publishers and 4,000 creators from major publishers such as Marvel Comics, Image Comics, BOOM! Studios, Top Cow and IDW Publishing to indie creators from around the globe, Graphicly is the leading story-telling and sharing platform online.Â Â The Graphicly Network includes dozens of leading websites and blogs, mobile applications including the iPhone, iPad and Android devices including the Barnes and Noble NOOKcolor and the Amazon Kindle Fire; and an industry leading HTML5 web app. For more information, please visitÂ www.graphicly.com