While comiXology, the digital comics app that makes digital comics from major and independent publishers available to view on any device, has just announced a new deal with Avatar Press to include all of Avatar's English language single issue comics available for purchase through comiXology. Avatar is a comic book publisher that specializes in owning Bleeding Cool, but they also produce some well-known comics like Garth Ennis's gore-porn extravaganza, Crossed, and Alan Moore's semenal (that's not a typo) work, Neonomicon. The announcement has recieved a mixed reaction so far, with some fans claiming excitement while others criticize Avatar as a purveyor of smut, gore, and filth - and that's just talking about Rich Johnston's articles!
We asked a grammar nazi for comment, and he told us that, while he finds brutal depictions of violence and fish ejaculations to be offensive, it is not nearly offensive as keeping the first letter in your company name lowercase while randomly capitalizing an X in the middle of it.
Here's the press release:
NEW YORK COMIC CON 2013:
Avatar Press And ComiXology Announce Exclusive Digital Distribution Agreement
Multi-Year Exclusive Agreement Covers English Language Single Issues
Launch Begins With 50 Issues Available Today With 20 “Too Extreme For Mobile” Available Web Only at comiXology.com
October 9th, 2013 – New York, NY. – Amidst the opening of New York Comic-Con 2013, news arrived that Avatar Press, publisher of Garth Ennis’ groundbreaking horror series Crossed, announced an exclusive digital distribution agreement with comiXology, the revolutionary cloud-based digital comics platform with more than 40,000 comics and graphic novels that have seen over 200 million downloads to date. The multi-year exclusive agreement covers Avatar Press’ English Language single-issue catalog.
To celebrate, Avatar Press and comiXology have made over 50 issues available today, thirty of which can be found platform-wide and twenty “too extreme for mobile” issues only available on the web at comiXology.com. All titles purchased from the web automatically sync to comiXology customers mobile devices whether iOS, Android, Kindle or Windows 8 platforms.
The Avatar Press titles available today across comiXology’s entire platform include Max Brooks’ Extinction Parade, Jonathan Hickman’s God Is Dead, Kieron Gillen’s Uber, and multiple titles from Warren Ellis including Black Summer, No Hero and Supergod.
At the same time, Avatar Press and comiXology are please to announce over 20 titles available web only that are just “too extreme for mobile” including Garth Ennis’ notorious Crossed and Crossed: Badlands, Alan Moore’s recently banned Neonomicon, and David Lapham’s Ferals.
“It’s well known that publisher William Christensen – with his singular vision – developed Avatar Press as a place for great creators to tell no-holds-barred stories to a devoted base of fans,” said comiXology co-founder and CEO David Steinberger. “We’re excited to bring William’s unique publishing vision to the world through comiXology’s entire platform, and deliver Avatar’s more challenging content to a global audience of fans through comiXology.com.”
“It’s great to join forces with comiXology to bring Avatar’s editorial to an entirely new customer base – whether it’s those fans that haven’t been able to find our titles in print or those who simply haven’t been exposed to Avatar’s uncensored catalog,” said Avatar Press Publisher William Christensen. “We look forward to developing a relationship with the digital consumer who will now be able to discover, read, and enjoy Avatar Press titles in comiXology’s ground breaking Guided View.”
Avatar Press fans across the globe can experience these titles through the power of comiXology’s Guided View and in CMX-HD on compatible iOS and Android devices.
The complete launch list is:
Warren Ellis’ Black Summer 0 - 7
Garth Ennis’ Crossed 0 – 9
Garth Ennis’ Crossed: Badlands 1- 9
Max Brooks’ Extinction Parade 1-2
David Lapham’s Ferals 1-6
Jonathon Hickman’s God Is Dead 1
Alan Moore’s Neonomicon 1-4
Warren Ellis’ No Hero 0-7
Warren Ellis’ Supergod 1-5
Kieron Gillen’s Uber 0 - 5
With over 40,000 comics and graphic novels from more than 75 publishers, comiXology offers the widest selection of English language digital comics in the world. ComiXology’s immense catalog and unique Guided View reading experience is available across the iPhone, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire, Windows 8 and the Web—making it the best digital platform for comic and graphic novel fans worldwide.
About Avatar Press
Avatar Press is a groundbreaking independent publishing company which produces a wide variety of cutting-edge comic books, graphic novels, and original web content. Their high-quality publications include the work of such industry luminaries as Garth Ennis (Crossed, Chronicles of Wormwood), Warren Ellis (Freakangels), Christos Gage (Absolution, Crossed), Kieron Gillen (Uber), David Lapham (Ferals, Caligula), Max Brooks (Extinction Parade) and Alan Moore (Neonomicon). They also produce a diverse range of licensed projects including the classic zombie epic Night of the Living Dead and George R.R. Martin’s Fevre Dream and Skin Trade. For more information about Avatar Press, their publications, and creators, please visit www.avatarpress.com.
ComiXology has revolutionized the comic book and graphic novel industry by delivering a cloud-based digital comics platform that makes discovering, buying, and reading comics more fun than ever before. ComiXology’s Guided View™ reading technology transforms the comic book medium into an immersive and cinematic experience, helping comiXology become one of iTunes top 10 grossing iPad apps in both 2011 and 2012. Offering the broadest library of comic book content from the top 75 publishers, and including independent creators as well, comiXology will not stop until everyone on the face of the planet has become a comic book fan. A privately held company, comiXology is based in New York City. For more information visit www.comixology.com.