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DC and Vertigo reveal Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals

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DC Entertainment will get a head start on the holiday-shopping season with a seven-day Black Friday sale on Batman digital comics.

Between Nov. 25 and Dec. 1, the publisher will offer 750 Batman issues — titles ranging from Gotham By Gaslight to The Dark Knight Returns to Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo’s current run — for 99 cents each. They’re available for purchase from the DC Digital Store, Amazon, Apple, Barnes & Noble, comiXology and Google Play.

As that offer ends, Vertigo’s Cyber Monday sale begins, with the first collected volumes of 23 titles — from The Sandman to 100 Bullets to Promethea — available for download for $4.99. The offer is for one day only, on Dec. 1.

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Albert Monteys’ ‘Universe!’ debuts on Panel Syndicate

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Brian K. Vaughan and Marcos Martin’s Panel Syndicate imprint has announced its second “pay what you’d like” digital series:  Universe! by Spanish cartoonist Albert Monteys.

Monteys is the former director for and contributor to the satirical magazine El Jueves, from which he resigned this summer after the owners refused to use a cover featuring the King of Spain.

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Koyama Press goes digital on the Sequential app

Koyama Goes DigitalThe small publisher Koyama Press announced yesterday that they are making a selection of their works available digitally via the Sequential app, which is an iOS-only app that focuses on indy comics and graphic novels.

The initial lineup seems to all be older books, or at least, there don’t appear to be any from this year, but there are some solid titles here from well-regarded creators: Julia Wertz’s The Infinite Wait, Nathan Bulmer’s Eat More Bikes, Julie Delporte’s Journal. And this is just the start—more titles are on the way.

The books are on sale this weekend for half off the print price, so this is a good opportunity to check out some comics you may have missed—especially as some of them are out of print.

‘Black Cherry Bombshells’ creators regain rights, launch site

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In a perfectly timed revival, the webcomic Black Cherry Bombshells is back from the grave.

The horror strip, about violent girl gangs fighting to survive in a future where every man has been mutated into a flesh-eating zombie, was originally serialized from 2008 to 2010 by Zuda Comics. After DC Comics shuttered the imprint, Black Cherry Bombshells remained available through comiXology.

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Humble horror bundle boasts ‘Afterlife With Archie,’ ‘Buffy,’ more

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If you’re looking for some Halloween reading, there’s still time to snag the Humble Horror Book Bundle, whose mix of prose and comic-book scares includes Afterlife With Archie, the Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Locke & Key. However, that’s only for starters.

Humble Bundle allows customers to purchase DRM-free downloads for as little as a penny, with a portion of the proceeds going to charity (in this case the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network and the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund).

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Wacom announces digital comics anthology

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Wacom, whose tablets and digital pens are essential tools for countless artists, has revealed plans for its first digital comics anthology.

Announced by Caleb Goellner, who recently joined the company from ComicsAlliance, the project is built around the rather fitting theme of “pressure/sensitivity,” with creator-owned stories by Meredith Gran, Ming Doyle, Giannis Milonogiannis and another artist to be announced. Ulises Farinas illustrated the cover.

The 32-page comic will be available for free online in January, with an eventual limited-edition print version teased.

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‘Little Nemo in Slumberland’ comes to GoComics

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This week not only marked the 109th birthday of Little Nemo in Slumberland, it saw the debut of Winsor McCay’s revolutionary strip on Universal Uclick’s GoComics.

“Little Nemo in Slumberland was the greatest comic strip of its day, perhaps the greatest of all time,” the announcement states, “acclaimed the world over for its artistic majesty, unbounded imagination and groundbreaking techniques that helped define a new art form.”

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Marvel Unlimited adds Ant-Man, Daredevil, Doctor Strange OGNs

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In a move that we can only presume is tied to Marvel’s upcoming television and movie plans, the publisher has announced the addition of some of its Season One graphic novels to the Marvel Unlimited digital library — specifically, Ant-Man, Daredevil and Doctor Strange.

Launching in 2012 with Fantastic Four: Season One, the line features current creators retelling, and expanding, the origins stories of some of Marvel’s most popular characters. Neither Fantastic Four nor Season One titles devoted to the X-Men, Spider-Man, Wolverine, Iron Man, the Hulk and Thor are mentioned in the announcement.

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Dark Horse launches Humble Star Wars Bundle

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The Star Wars license is passing to Marvel at the end of the year, but before that happens, does Dark Horse have a deal for you.

The publisher has partnered with Humble Bundle to let fans to get up to $190 worth of Star Wars digital comics for … well, a heck of a lot less than that. Humble Bundle allows customers to purchase DRM-free downloads for as little as a penny, with a portion of the proceeds going to charity (in this case, the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund).

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NYCC | Marvel offers special Marvel Unlimited Plus deal

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To celebrate New York Comic con, Marvel is once again offering access to its massive digital archive for a discounted price.

Through Oct. 16, you can buy a one-year membership to Marvel Unlimited Plus for $69, a savings of $30. Just go to the Marvel Unlimited website, and use the promo code “SAVE30″ at checkout.

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ComiXology marks ‘Walking Dead’ season premiere with sale

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To celebrate the Season 5 premiere of The Walking Dead on Sunday, comiXology is holding an apocalypse-scale sale on the comic series created by Robert Kirkman, Tony Moore and Charlie Adlard.

Through Oct. 13, digital editions of the first 126 issues are available for just 99 cents each — the three specials focusing on the Governor, Michonne and Tyrese, too. If you prefer to devour the series in larger chunks, the collections are also discounted, with the majority of the volumes priced at $5.99.

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Oni Press bundle boasts ‘Scott Pilgrim,’ ‘Stumptown’ and more

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Oni Press has waded into the Humble Bundle pool with a promotion loaded with digital titles ranging from Stumptown and The Bunker to Scott Pilgrim and Diesel Sweeties.

As you likely know by now, Humble Bundle allows customers to purchase DRM-free downloads for as little as a penny, with a portion of the proceeds going to charity (in this case it’s Direct Relief, a California-based nonprofit that brings medicines and supplies to local healthcare providers worldwide).

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As Scotland decides its future, a new hero emerges: Scotsman

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The fate of the United Kingdom will be decided in five hours, when the polls close on a referendum that determines whether Scotland will declare independence from England after 307 years. To mark the historic occasion, U.K. digital publisher Eco Comics has introduced an “all-new, all-Scottish” superhero in the form of Scotsman

The Mohawk Media imprint unveiled the character’s design on Wednesday. Eco Comics editor Stuart Buckley told ROBOT 6 that Scotsman will be introduced in the recently launched Englishman series, and a one-shot is already in the works. However, whether he’ll be Englishman’s friend or foe will depend on today’s vote.

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ComiXology unleashes second wave of DRM-free publishers

comixology-new-logo-thumbLess than two months after launching its DRM-free backup program, digital comics platform comiXology has announced a second wave of 14 more participating publishers.

Image Comics, Dynamite Entertainment, Zenescope Entertainment, MonkeyBrain Comics, Thrillbent and Top Shelf Productions are now joined in the program by IDW Publishing, Valiant Entertainment, Oni Press, Fantagraphics Books, Aspen Comics, Action Lab Entertainment, Th3rd World Studios, A Wave Blue World, Blind Ferret Entertainment, Caliber Comics, Creative Impulse Entertainment, Devil’s Due Entertainment, GT Labs Comics and Kingstone Media.

Digital rights management (DRM) allows comics to be read only with proprietary software. DRM-free comics are simply files — usually PDF or CBZ  — that can be accessed using different readers. They don’t come with any bells or whistles, such as comiXology’s Guided View.

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Dynamite Digital is now accepting Bitcoin payments

Dynamite10thAnnivImageDynamite Entertainment has announced it will now accept the much-discussed virtual currency Bitcoin as payment on its recently launched online storefront for DRM-free digital comics.

Created in 2009, Bitcoin is an online payment system that allows one person to send online payments (in units of digital cash called bitcoin) directly to another without the involvement of a financial institution. Commercial use of Bitcoin is relatively low but growing rapidly, with companies ranging from Dell to Overstock.com to the Sacramento Kings accepting the digital currency. There’s also a sizable speculator market, which leads to a volatile exchange rate.

Bitcoin joins Visa, Mastercard, American Express, Discover and PayPal as accepted forms of payment on Dynamite Digital. Users need only to log in with a Bitcoin client.

With the announcement comes word of the publisher’s latest digital comics bundle — 25 comics for $10, as part of Dynamite’s 10th-anniversary celebration: Project Superpowers #0-3, Jungle Girl #0-1, Mocking Dead #1, Sherlock Holmes: Trial #1-2, Red Sonja #-12, Robert Jordan’s The Wheel of Time #1-3, Legenderry #1, Chaos! #1, Jim Butcher’s Dresden War Cry #1, Pathfinder: Dark Waters #1, Miss Fury #1-2, American Flagg #1-2 and Vampirella #1-2.

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