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E-comics site folds, leaving free comics for download

I found this totally by accident, and it’s sort of old news, but it raises a few points worth pondering: The comics download site Literate Machine shut down operations in May. The site is still there, but there’s a note:

You all may have noticed activity on Literate Machine has been pretty low for a while now. This is because of two major events: 1) The party providing the financial backing for the site has gone out of business, 2) The remaining founders of the site were hired away by far more successful competitors — comiXology

I’ll confess I never heard of the site before I stumbled upon it the other day, but it looks like the NPR version of DriveThruComics: It offers downloads of indy and small-press comics and literary magazines, and the design is done in tasteful grays. I hopped over there to download the first issue of So… Buttons, but I’ll have to look elsewhere, because the site’s SSL certificate has expired, so they aren’t selling any more comics. They continue to make free issues available for download, however, and if odd little zones, self-published comics, and tiny indy anthologies are your bag, head over there right now and check out the selection, because it won’t be there forever.



I’m glad Literate Machine will still exist for giving away free comix. If anyone is interested, you can download all 4 issues of my humorous, sci-fi rock n’ roll comic, AMERICANS UK, for free there as well:

This cover is by Danny Green from 7000 BC in New Mexico, an collective of independent comic artists and writers who are constantly creating and educating our community, looking to promote comic creation for the love of it. You can visit us online, attend in person, and see us at conventions all over the country. I wanted to leave the link in case anyone would like to see (free) issues of Sting, our independent publication. You can also get to know our artists better and become one of our artists if you are so inclined!

Er, I misspelled STRING. That is the name of the comic zine published by 7000 BC.

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