With today’s announcement that Dark Horse graphic novels are available on the iBookstore (iTunes.com/DarkHorseComics), Dark Horse is now one of the most widely distributed comics publishers digitally.
Dark Horse digital graphic novels are now available for purchase on the iBookstore, featuring over two hundred top titles, including Mass Effect, Hellboy, Star Wars, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Serenity, Sin City, and more. Plus, iBooks users can put Star Wars comics on their bookshelf next to all of their favorite Star Wars novels. Through Apple’s iOS devices, readers are guaranteed a comics-reading experience unlike any other.
“I’m thrilled that Dark Horse graphic novels are going to be available on the iBookstore,” said Dark Horse’s director of digital publishing, Mark Bernardi. “Our comics look beautiful on the iPad and iPhone. Look for more and more titles to be added every month.”
It’s Wednesday and time to crank open that wallet, Marvel has new releases to their mobile app including Avengers vs X-Men and a ton of older titles for purchase on your iOS or Android phone / tablet. The full list is below and available right now, get in on it and catch some of the latest comics from the company this week before gossip hits and you’re running for cover to avoid the awesome news about some of these titles.
Digital Comics On-Sale This Week:
AGE OF APOCALYPSE (2012) #2
AMAZING SPIDER-MAN (1999) #683
AVENGERS ACADEMY (2010) #28
AVENGERS (2010) #7
AVENGERS (2010) #8
AVENGERS (2010) #9
AVENGERS (2010) #10
AVENGERS (2010) #11
AVENGERS (2010) #12
AVENGERS VS. X-MEN (2012) #1
AVENGERS VS. X-MEN INFINITE (2012) #1
BLACK PANTHER (2005) #19
BLACK PANTHER (2005) #20
BLACK PANTHER (2005) #21
BLACK PANTHER (2005) #22
BLACK PANTHER (2005) #23
BLACK PANTHER (2005) #24
BLACK PANTHER (2005) #25
DAKEN: DARK WOLVERINE (2010) #5
DAKEN: DARK WOLVERINE (2010) #6
DAKEN: DARK WOLVERINE (2010) #7
DAKEN: DARK WOLVERINE (2010) #8
DAKEN: DARK WOLVERINE (2010) #9
DAREDEVIL (2011) #10.1
FEAR ITSELF: THE FEARLESS (2011) #12
HULK (2008) #50
MARCH MARVEL PREVIEWS (2012) #1
NEW MUTANTS (2009) #40
THUNDERBOLTS (2006) #172
ULTIMATE COMICS AVENGERS 2 (2010) #1
ULTIMATE COMICS AVENGERS 2 (2010) #2
ULTIMATE COMICS AVENGERS 2 (2010) #3
ULTIMATE COMICS AVENGERS 2 (2010) #4
ULTIMATE COMICS AVENGERS 2 (2010) #5
ULTIMATE COMICS AVENGERS 2 (2010) #6
ULTIMATE COMICS SPIDER-MAN (2011) #9
VENOM (2011) #15
WOLVERINE & THE X-MEN (2011) #8
WOLVERINE & THE X-MEN: ALPHA AND OMEGA (2012) #4
X-23 (2010) #7
X-23 (2010) #8
X-23 (2010) #9
X-CLUB (2011) #5
Digital Collections On-Sale This Week:
AVENGERS ACADEMY VOL. 1: PERMANENT RECORD
DEADPOOL/AMAZING SPIDER-MAN/INCREDIBLE HULK: IDENTITY WARS
JOHN CARTER: PRINCESS OF MARS
JOHN CARTER: WORLD OF MARS
MIGHTY AVENGERS VOL. 2: VENOM BOMB
NEW AVENGERS VOL. 7: THE TRUST
PRIDE AND PREJUDICE
With the latest iPad hitting retail it’s no shocker that everyone is trying to update and make use of the new hardware, ComiXology is rolling out CMX HD to bring high-resolution content to the new iPad for a select group of titles. Expansion will be inevitable and the company notes they’re already working on updating their catalog to the new standards hoping that HD plays a large part in their next milestone of purchases and sharing between comic fans.
In addition to the upgraded goodness of crisp art, CMX HD will also allow readers to share comics with friends on Facebook, Twitter and Email form to spread the word, it’s a unique way to keep friends updated on your tastes especially when the holidays come around and they go into panic mode. It’s also a solid way to turn those on the fence over to comics or more specifically digital comics through ComiXology.
Here’s a full taste of the app log, enjoy and chase it down if you’re already holding on to an iPad HD. If not just continue enjoying your collection and know that your SD titles will be getting a nice boost in the future as well!
Now featuring High Definition capable comics for the new iPad — with twice the resolution. Look for the CMX-HD badge in the store to find these HD comics and graphic novels.
Finally, users also have the option of sharing comments via an individual’s Facebook wall or Timeline.
iOS 5 Integrated Twitter Sharing
Comics now uses the new Twitter APIs on iOS 5 to enable social commenting on any Comic Book.
iOS Email Sharing
Users also have the option of sharing via Email. The Email share view displays the iOS app email compose view, including an HTML formatted email.
In all cases, including Twitter, if no network is available then the user will not see any share options. If an account is not yet set up for the chosen share method, then Comics will alert the user to setup that particular sharing account.
The “Read Now” Button
Immediately after purchasing a comic book that begins downloading, users will be presented with a “Read Now” button (replacing the former “Downloading” button). Now users can begin reading comic books without waiting for the entire download to complete.
Miscellaneous Bug Fixes & Stability Improvements
Additionally to the above feature enhancements we have made substantial improvements to bugs, crashes and stability in the Comics App.
Always wanted to stay in touch with your Steam friends online? Have you wished you could be at a PC to make use of a sale going on? Now you can, Steam has gone mobile on iOS and Android devices in beta form. All you need is a Steam account and you can get on the list for the… Closed Beta. Yes that means you can download the app but you’ll have to wait until the invites start rolling out for them to allow you in the door. We’re even holding out for the next wave to roll out for deeper impressions on this piece of goodness.
Keep in mind this also uses Steam Guard so you’ll need access to your email account registered to get fully authenticated. Further details are pretty much locked away to the preview screens they’ve launched so far. We’ll keep you posted once we get into the beta and can actually use it a little. In the meantime check out the gallery that has shots from the Android and iOS versions of the app.
If you’re a digital comic fan you’ve no doubt heard about comiXology the comic reading app that allows you to read your favorite series anywhere you’re at. Today though they’ve worked with IDW to personalize the offering even more. Fans can now download direct apps for their favorite series on iTunes, given the support of comiXology to other platforms I wouldn’t put it out of consideration for Android users to get a similar option later.
New and old purchases through comiXology will sync to the designated app allowing you seamless integration of your existing collection to these apps. On top of that, IDW will launch digital releases on the same day as their print releases to make sure that people will not have to wait to read their favorite series. Pricing will remain full cover price value though for new comics. No further comment is out about old releases.
comiXology is really taking over the landscape, with options available on all major platforms and it being bundled with the Kindle Fire they’re taking the lead for ease of access to your favorite reads. I wouldn’t mind having a dedicated Doctor Who app or other specifics on my phone, hopefully they do something similar for Android in the future.
Own an iPod touch 4G or iPhone 4? Wish you could tweak cases to your wishes instead of just picking from the selections out there? You can do it now to at least some degree thanks to the team at Incipio, the new bespoke case customizer is an app for your phone allowing you to dig through albums and apply them to your case for truly custom solutions.
Latest changes to version 1.5 of the app:
Social Photo Stream Integration: pull in photos from your Facebook, Instagram, and Flickr accounts and paint your case!
Select photos by Facebook Photo Album and paint your favorite memories
Pretty sweet stuff especially if you’re an iPhone or iPod touch owner, unfortunately it’s limited to just the 4G and 4 right now so older users will have to make due. Hopefully at a later point they allow this for other products, I would love to have a Rhyme case sporting an option like that, in the meantime I’ll have to track down a Silicrylic in black and look into their Inscribe line.
Now ipad users can finally lose the rest of their remaining free time now that Zynga has released FarmVille for the iPad.
FarmVille is actually the first app that Zynga has released for the iPad. They have several of their cult favorite games available, such as Mafia Wars, Scramble and Street Racing on facebook and iPhone/iPods.
The best part for you facebook farmers is that you have your farm and friends linked to your facebook account but playable on your iPad!
Get it today for the low low price of free in the app store.