Robot 6

comiXology launches on the Android

Comics by comiXology

comiXology, who currently sell digital comics through various applications on the iPhone and iPad, as well as through their own website, released a “beta” comics application for the Android mobile operating system today. Per the release, the Comics by comiXology Android beta app will include comics from many of the publishers comiXology works with on the various Apple devices, including DC Comics, Image, Dynamite and BOOM! — but no Marvel, it seems.

Honestly I’m not real familiar with what comics are available already in the Android marketplace, since I don’t have an Android phone. Earlier this year announced they’d be selling Marvel titles on the Android, while I know iVerse and Robot Comics also sell comics on it. But this is the first time DC Comics, at least, will be available on the Android, which should please its users.

You can read the entire press release after the jump, which includes a list of publishers they’ll have available.


comiXology Announces Beta Release of Android App
The Largest Digital Comics Store and Guided View Reader Arrives For The Holidays

New York, NY – Dec. 15th, 2010 – Due to overwhelming demand, the holidays have come early for millions of comic book fans everywhere with the release of the Comics by comiXology Android app (beta) powered by comiXology, the leading digital comics platform provider for all iOS devices, the Web and now Android.

Expanding beyond its industry-leading digital comic book apps on iOS and the Web, comiXology brings the largest digital comics library to the Android marketplace, enabling fans to read comics on Android devices running 2.1 (Eclair) or higher. The Comics by comiXology Android beta app gives users the ability to discover, purchase, and read more than 2,500 digital comics and over 300 free comics from 40 publishers. Launch partners include DC Comics, Image Comics, Dynamite Entertainment, and Archie, alongside many more. Users can search and browse through comics based on titles, creators, publishers, genre and ratings, and find local comic book retailers with the built-in retailer finder.

“Our enthusiastic community has been asking us for an Android app and it’s with great pleasure that we bring it to them in time for the holidays,” said David Steinberger, CEO of comiXology. “Comics by comiXology on Android delivers comic books to mainstream audiences on even more devices. Now, more people who want to read a comic will have the opportunity to do so, when and where they want, while giving our content partners another major distribution outlet.”

The comiXology app for Android features a full in-app store and the best digital comics reader on the market. comiXology’s patent pending Guided View Technology gives users a natural reading experience while making it readable on small devices.

Comics downloaded to the Android app will be available on the Comics by comiXology iOS and Web platforms through cross-platform synchronization so users can enjoy comics on all their devices, anywhere.

“comiXology is the leading distributor of digital comics, which is why we have partnered with them to power our iOS app and Web Store,” said Hank Kanalz, Senior Vice President of Digital, DC Entertainment. “The release of its Android app shows the company’s ongoing commitment to expand into new markets, create opportunities for increased visibility and revenue, while above all, answer the call of its fans for convergence across platforms with a centralized library to enjoy comics anywhere.”

In addition to DC Comics, publishers on the Comics by comiXology Android beta app include:

* A Wave Blue World
* Adhouse Books
* Alterna Comics
* Antarctic Press
* Arcana Studio
* Archie Comics
* Asylum Press
* Bluewater Comics
* BOOM! Studios
* Com.x
* Creative Impulse
* Creator Owned
* DC Comics
* Devils Due
* Digital Webbing
* Dynamite Entertainment
* Evil Twin Comics
* First Salvo
* Image Comics
* Keenspot
* Markosia
* Moonstone Books
* Oni Press
* Radical
* Red 5 Comics
* Shadowline
* Skybound
* South Fellini
* Slave Labor Graphics
* Studio 407
* Th3rd World Studios
* Top Cow
* Vertigo
* Viper Comics
* Zenescope Entertainment



Terrific news! has a beta app, which does allow reading of Marvel comics purchased on the desktop, but at present the storefront hasn’t been incorporated into the mobile platform, so who knows if you’ll be able to buy Marvel directly once that part of the app launches.

Robot Comics does a few very nice indie titles, but most of what’s available in the Comics section of the Android marketplace are things that are not comics at all–Chuck Norris jokes, public domain books (for sale!), and assorted animated and real-life erotica.

So, yeah, comixology is a welcome addition.

Looking forward to getting this app. and iVerse haven’t shown up in my search for comics on the marketplace, so I didn’t know they were there. I’ve downloaded some Robot comics, but each one shows up as an app on my phone (which is annoying).

Shaun M is right about the comic content from Android’s marketplace. Way too much crap that has nothing to do with comic books.

@KentL: FYI, the app isn’t in the Marketplace yet–you have to sign up for the beta from their email newsletters and you’ll get a link to download it to your phone. It’s a *very* early build, but pretty promising.

Cool! Thanks for the update.

Very cool news for Android users. I have been using Comixology on my iphone and ipad for a while now. I even have series I collect exclusively digitally now because of it (Walking Dead, Atomic Robo, Green Hornet, and re-buying Ex Machina to name a few).

I have even used it to turn on a few friends to collecting books this way who ordinarily don’t read comics. Especially Walking Dead.

Once day-and-date releases are more common and the pricing is a bit more reasonable ($3.99 Marvel? Seriously?), I’m comfortable ending all of my “floppies” just as Kindle converted me to all digital books.

Leave a Comment


Browse the Robot 6 Archives