DC Comics Now On PlayStation, iPhone
–Paradigm Shift For Comics Medium?–
Running a little behind on this news, as in a way it falls between the cracks of our coverage. But it’s a visual media, and targeted right at genre fans.
DC Comics announced a partnership with comiXology and PlayStation®Network for two separate digital comics distribution deals that launched Wednesday, June 23rd.
A DC Comics App for the iPhone®, iPad® and iPod® Touch is aslo available, allowing another way to access DC Comics’ content.
From DC Entertainment and Warner Bros. Digital Distribution:
“At DC Comics, it has been a top priority that DC forges a meaningful, forward-looking digital strategy,” said Jim Lee, Co-Publisher, DC Comics. “As both a comic book creator and Co-Publisher, it was incredibly important that our plan includes not only creator incentive payments, but also an innovative component that supports comic shop owners. We see digital as an opportunity to grow our entire business.”
Both the comiXology and the PlayStation Network Digital Comics launch offerings will include classic titles from DC Comics, Vertigo and WildStorm, such as Batman: Hush, Green Lantern: Rebirth, Fables: Legends in Exiles and Planetary: All Over the World and Other Stories. Both programs will share a tiered pricing format, with digital comics priced from $.99 to $2.99 per issue. The Justice League: Generation Lost mini-series will be available through both platforms day and date with each issue’s print edition on-sale date, with both the digital and print editions priced at $2.99. Several comics will be available for free at launch, including the first installment of the ZUDA series Bayou and select stories from Batman: Black & White.
To further promote [Wednesday’s] announcement, DC Comics is offering a free 10-page preview of the 700th issue of Superman available through both platforms, day and date with the issue going on sale in comic book stores. The 10 page story is a prelude to writer J. Michael Straczynski and artist Eddy Barrows’ highly anticipated “Grounded” storyline that will be published in Superman which will examine how Superman sees America, and how America sees Superman.
“Grounded is a major turning point in the history of Superman,” said Dan DiDio, Co-Publisher of DC Comics. “This storyline has the potential to generate national headlines and bring new readers the series.”
Certainly an interesting development. Is it a good thing, bringing in new or lapsed comics fans?
Or is it another nail in the coffin for tradional print medium comic books and distribution?