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More NYCC manga news as Kodansha USA joins the digital comics world with the release of its own iPad app. The app is scheduled to be released at midnight (presumably EST) today and is reported by AnimeNewsNetwork to â€˜launch with 34 volumes from four series: Arisa by Natsumi Ando; Fairy Tail by Hiro Mashima; Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei by KÃ´ji Kumeta; and Until the Full Moon by Sanami Matohâ€™ with pricing planned at $4.99 a volume, with the exception of â€˜Fairy Tailâ€™ which will be sold for a limited period at the promotional price of $2.99. Kodansha have also stated that more titles will be added at a later date, and with some of the big names they have in the publications list, this app will be one to watch.
Viz Media have announced today a â€˜speed upâ€™ of their digital releases of â€˜One Pieceâ€™ and â€˜Bleachâ€™ available on vizmanga.com and the Viz Manga App with â€˜the aims of bringing both series up to date with their North American print counterparts by December.â€™
The move, which will add to Vizâ€™s new digital and print scheme seen as with â€˜Narutoâ€™, will see one new volume of each series released starting this week, and then sticking to a Monday release schedule. These are some very big steps for Viz in moving towards the digital market, and should be interesting to see what they do next.
Koreaâ€™s â€˜Bucheon International Comics Festivalâ€™ held in late August focused part of its programming on creating awareness and building up the Korean digital comic business, which, as noted by ICV2 is â€˜still in its infancy.â€™ Speakers from the United States and France were brought in to the convention by company Komacon to spread awareness. Animation Insider reports that Â Comixology CEO David Steinberger was in attendance and gave a speech focusing on the use of mobile devices, as well as an â€˜overview of the U.S. comics industry, providing hearty research and insight.â€™ Also in attendance was Catherine Ferreyrolle, Library Director of Cite Internationale de la Bande Dessinee et de l’Image, speaking about strategies for modern comic archives.
Viz media have taken a big step forward with their digital releases by announcing the 52nd volume of â€˜Narutoâ€™ will be released digitally and in print on September 6th. This is the culmination of a weeklong release schedule releasing one volume a day starting with 46 and leading the newest English release. With the sheer popularity of â€˜Narutoâ€™ and the immense length of the series, this was a key move for collectors and fans alike.
In addition to this news, AnimeNewsNetwork have also reported that fellow Viz title â€˜Black Birdâ€™ Volume 10 will be released on Vizmanga.com and the Viz Manga app on September 5th, one day before the official print release. This update will also include:
- Dengeki Daisy Vol. 4
- Dragon Ball Z Vol. 25
- Grand Guignol Orchestra Vol. 3
- I’ll Give It My All Tomorrow Vol. 3
- Kekkaishi Vol. 12
- Oishinbo Vol. 2
- One Piece Vol. 42
- Ouran High School Host Club Vol. 10
- Rosario + Vampire season II Vol. 4
- Rurouni Kenshin Vol. 21
JapanManga Inc. have launched a new application for iPhone and iPod Touch which will provide readers access to manga in â€˜Japanese, English, and Chineseâ€™ with plans to include works in French and Korean soon.â€™
The app simply known as â€˜JapanMangaâ€™ gives users a collection of free samples, with the ability to change the language at any time whilst reading. A quick look at the selection appears that the app mainly focuses on doujinshi (fan comics) at the moment , but with the creators claiming â€˜new manga will be made available on the app every three daysâ€™ and that doujinshi works almost never see the light of day outside of Japan, this might be one to watch.
Â Now itâ€™s your turn.
(Seoul, South Korea, 8th. August. 2011)Â Ill-Fated RelationshipÂ by Hwang Joon Ho is a manhwa app for the iPhone about a dark romance between two serial killers. The app, published by iSeeToon, is now on sale for a special launching price of $4.99, available until September 15th, 2011.
Ill-Fated RelationshipÂ is a manhwa created specifically for the digital medium, which are called webtoons in Korea. They are similar to webcomics, but require the reader to scroll through the comic panel by panel instead of page by page. Webtoons are not motion comics or digital comics with a guided view. Each webtoon is made to be viewed just as you see it.
TheÂ Ill-Fated RelationshipÂ app includes all 20 chapters of the story, plus some bonus material at the end.
Here’s what the critics have had to say aboutÂ Ill-Fated Relationship:
“The art style is minimalist but slightly reminiscent of the style of Frank Miller with Sin City and the Batman series, offering a film noir style that matches the darkness of the story.” – 148apps.
â€œHwangâ€™s style is sparse, both visually and narratively, creating an environment that feels both intimate and detached at the same time. While the limited use of color suggests a similarly subdued emotional palette, the lack of detail (both background and foreground) brings each emotional beat into sharp focusâ€ – Manhwa Bookshelf
“It is this feeling of suspense which is the strength of the App. The bare bones of the plot are two serial killers who start to date each other. The opportunities for tension are obvious: not only the tension of when each will get their next victim but also of whether each is assessing the other as the next victim â€“ and if so who will make the first move.” – London Korean Links.
iSeeToon’s manager, Kim Jin Sung says, â€œThis story features an unusual plot, a minimal visual style and feels more like an indie art film than a comic.Â Ill-Fated RelationshipÂ is too good to be missed and we’re glad the critics enjoyed it. Our next release will beÂ Murder DIEary. Itâ€™s like if Dexter was created as a 4-panel comic, and we hope that people enjoy it just as much.â€
There are three different video trailers forÂ Ill-Fated Relationship, Side M, Side W and Side T, which should be viewed together as they have a linear storyline.
Side M :Â http://www.youtube.com/watch?
Side W :Â http://www.youtube.com/watch?
Side T :Â http://www.youtube.com/watch?
prmac video :Â http://www.youtube.com/watch?
I’ve been away for a cople of weeks so this news may be a little old, but needs to be told!
Here’s the latest news and links that have happened while I was away!
- Cut The Rope Digital Comics at Macgasm
AtÂ Comic-ConÂ in San Diego last week,Â ZeptoLabÂ announced a partnership withÂ Ape EntertainmentÂ to bring the character â€œOm Nomâ€ from the Cut the Rope game to digital comics. While there have been many video games based on comics, itâ€™s uncommon to have a video game character do the reverse and make the jump to comics.
- Why Digital Publishing Won’t Save Comics (Yet)
- New Exec Peter Phillips Talks MARVEL’s Digital Future
- Spider-Kitty debuts in new ‘Spider-Island’ digital series
- Why the Nintendo 3DS is Just About Ready for Comics in Multiple Dimensions
Archaia Comics have joined the ever expanding list of publishers with the Roddenberry Productions title ‘Days Missing:
From Roddenberry Productions, the creators ofÂ Star Trek, comes a story about the hidden pages of human history. Since the dawn of time, a being has existed whose interaction and interference with mankind has shaped human development. His powers of time and intellect have allowed him to secretly remove certain critical days from the historical record. Their stories have never been told. Their details have never been documented. Their existence is not remembered. But the occurrences of these days have forever changed the course of humanityâ€™s evolution. These are theÂ Days Missing from our existence, and they are about to be revealedâ€¦
In a press release, PJ Bickett, CEO of Archaia said of the new deal;
“Archaia is committed to working with the best and brightest distributors in the industry to provide our fans with the greatest access to our content. Â When it comes to digital distribution, comiXology ranks among the elite. I have witnessed firsthand the extraordinary impact comiXology has had on how the entire industry views digital, especially with the largest brands.Â Archaia is excited to be in such great company.”
This is the first title from Archaia and more are promised this year!
GRAPHIC.LY RELEASES DIGITAL COMICS APPLICATION FOR ANDROID ALLOWING USERS TO READ, BUY AND ENGAGE WITH MORE THAN 150 PUBLISHERS
More than 2,000 Digital Comics Now Available on Android, including Marvel Comics, Top Cow, Archaia and many indie publishers
Boulder, CO (February 22, 2011) â€“ Looking for digital comics from the worldâ€™s leading publishers on an Android powered phone or device? Look no further, because today Graphic.ly opens their library of more than 2,000 comics to the 22 Million people worldwide using Android phones or tablets with the release of their Digital Comics application for Googleâ€™s mobile platform.
This milestone release marks Graphiclyâ€™s first entry to the growing and exciting Android marketplace and makes the more than 150 publishers currently available on Graphic.lyâ€™s other applications available to a whole new audience. Publishers available include Marvel Comics (which is only distributed on Android via Graphic.ly), Archaia Entertainment, Archie Comics and BOOM! Studios and many others in offering a wide range of comics and graphic novels to the Android community.
â€œLike our community, we are firm believers in the explosion of the Android marketâ€ said Micah Baldwin, CEO of Graphic.ly. â€œBeing the first to provide Marvel Comics on the Android platform is a perfect example of that belief. This application is only the beginning of the expansion of our relationship with Google, which began as a launch partner with the Chrome Application Store.â€
The new application features a full storefront from which users can purchase comics, as well as the ability to sync with their current Graphic.ly comics library (containing comics purchased from Graphic.lyâ€™s desktop, Web or iOS apps), giving users ultimate freedom to read their comics anywhere on any device. To optimize reading for the handheld devicesâ€™ form factor, the application will support â€˜Graphic.ly Viewâ€™ (a panel-by-panel reading experience) as well as full-page and pinch-to-zoom modes. Further, comic books can be both streamed and downloaded to usersâ€™ phones to ensure reading regardless of usersâ€™ connectivity. In addition to buying and reading comics, the Graphic.ly community is connected through a vibrant social stream, allowing for users to share their activities with friends and find what books are most popular.
Graphic.ly Comics for Android is compatible with devices running version 2.1 and higher and is available for download in the Android Marketplace and at http://graphicly.com/
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