Comixology are releasing their own authoring tools for Guided View – opening the digital domain to smaller publishers:
Its in Alpha testing at the moment, invitation only, but this will allow smaller publishers and creators to create their wares for comixology on the iphone, ipad and web apps.
In my mind this is great! Anything to get more comics and smaller publishers in the market.
Guided View Authoring Tools Program Empowers Publishers and Independent Creators to Get Comics Published in Digital Marketplace
11.16.2010â€“ New York, NY â€“ Itâ€™s not x-ray vision or the ability to fly faster than a speeding bullet butÂ comiXology, the leading digital comics distributor for the iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch and the Web, is empowering comic publishers and creators with the next best thing with the launch of the Guided Viewâ„¢ Authoring Tools early adopters program.
The private, invitation-only Alpha program provides creators and publishers with a tool-set to prepare their comics for comiXology’s patent-pending Guided Viewâ„¢ â€“ the industry standard navigation technology that enables readers to experience comics full screen or panel-to-panel.
The Guided Viewâ„¢ Authoring Tools program will help level the playing field by giving independent creators and publishers an equal chance for visibility in the digital marketplace through a standard format and ubiquitous platform.
â€œCreating opportunities for all publishers and independent creators is a major focus for us,â€ said David Steinberger, CEO ofÂ comiXology. â€œThe Guided View Authoring Tools is the first piece of a larger program that will benefit creators and publishers who either are unknown, have limited print distribution through Diamond or have an older property that won’t get the shelf space it deserves. We created these tools for ourselves â€” they are the actual tools we use at comiXology when creating Guided View â€” and realized the great opportunity for anyone to use them. The tools will give publishers and creators an equal opportunity for visibility, while creating more diverse content for our community to enjoy week after week.â€
â€œWe at TOKYOPOP are big fans of comiXology. They not only learn the needs of publishers and creators, but they execute solutions quickly and effectively,â€ said Stu Levy, founder and CEO ofÂ TOKYOPOP. â€œGuided View Authoring Tools allow us to scale our digital distribution in a way which meets our needs, and most importantly, the needs of our fans.â€
â€œAs a small publisher, getting your work distributed is an extremely difficult task,â€ said Chris Campbell, creator of Zig Zag. â€œThe largest hurdle is achieving enough orders to even be considered by the major comic distributor. comiXology lets you reach audiences that you’d never get through any other traditional distribution means.â€
Once the Alpha phase is completed,Â comiXology will open more spots for a limited Beta testing of the tools to more creators. The final product will be part of a comprehensive online system, allowing seamless submission for digital publishing for all comic book creators and publishers in an iTunes-like model. Creators and publishers can sign up for consideration for Beta spot at http://comixology.com/.
Since 2007Â comiXology has been developing the technological infrastructure to bring comics into the digital mainstream and expose new audiences to the rich history and culture of the industry. Through partnerships with top comic book publishers including Marvel Comics,Â DC Comics,Â BOOM! Studios,Â Image ComicsandÂ TOKYOPOP as well as their own mobile and web apps which hosts nearly 4000 digital titles,Â comiXology has become a leader in digital comic book proliferation. Also focused on creating strong ties with retail stores through its technology solutions,Â comiXology continues to transform the previously fragmented comic ecosystem into a vibrant and cohesive marketplace.