Confirming the fears of comic shop owners everywhere, reasonably priced digital comics spell the doom of the retail market.
The comic book direct market has lived in fear for years that offering digital comics at an affordable price would lead to the end of physical comic book sales, even going so far in the past as to threaten to stop stocking Dark Horse Comics in stores if the company offered their comics cheaper digitally on release day than the physical copies. While some scoffed at this attitude, it seems the suspicions have been confirmed correct. It was announced today that Image Comics and comiXology are partnering to release Moriarity: The Dark Chamber and Moriarity: The Lazarus Tree on Android, iPad, and iPhone for half price to coincide the U.S. premiere of the second season of BBC's Sherlock. Immediately thereafter, 1500 comic book shops country-wide shut down, and Diamond Comics Distributors may file for bankruptcy.
"The sky is falling," said C. Little, owner and operator of Friend Pit Comics in Allen County, Indiana. "We have cultivated a loyal customer base for years, but it seems that gruff, anti-social customer service and the stink of desperate virginity mean nothing to comic book readers anymore when they have the opportunity to pay less than $4 for twenty pages of decompressed story." No word yet on how the industry intends to recover from this blow, but fans looking to participate in the destruction of the direct market should check out the comiXology app on their devil-phones for the Moriarity deals, which begin this weekend.
Here's the Press Release:
COMIXOLOGY OFFERING HALF OFF ON MORIARTY FROM IMAGE COMICS
To coincide with the U.S. premier of the second season of the BBC series Sherlock, Image Comics is partnering with comiXology to offer a special half off sale this weekend, May 19th and 20th, on all issues and trade collections of MORIARTY. Fans of all things Holmsian can keep the excitement going with digital issues of MORIARTY: THE DARK CHAMBER and MORIARTY: THE LAZARUS TREE on your iPad, iPhone or Android.
Written by Daniel Corey and illustrated by Anthony Diecidue, MORIARTY is an exciting science fiction adventure series from Image Comics that follows the misdeeds of the original supervillain, Professor James Moriarty, arch nemesis of Sherlock Holmes. From the grimy streets of to the haunting British countryside, underground lairs and superscience labs, Professor Moriarty must forge has way through a world without Sherlock.
"Ever since MORIARTY has gone digital, the comiXology guys have been really great to us," said creator and writer Daniel Corey "Over the course of a few interviews and getting to know them at WonderCon this year, we came up with the idea of a half-off digital sale that celebrates the U.S. release of Sherlock season 2. I love Moffat and Gatiss' Sherlock series, and I am a huge fan of Andrew Scott as Jim Moriarty."
The critics have raved about MORIARTY:
TOP TEN ONGOING COMICS OF 2011 - ComicBook.com
"Professor Moriarty is treated with the respect a villain of his caliber should be treated. Pick it up!" - Impulse Gamer
"It's fast-paced, entertaining and extremely clever..." - Comiclist
"This comic is a lot of fun. It's really easy to get caught up in the adventure of MORIARTY and Corey has crafted a villain of such diabolic proportions." - Freakin Awesome Network
"...It's an incredible adventure that'll leave you begging for more by the time you reach the final panel." TOP FIVE BOOKS OF 2011 - Mass Movement Magazine
Don't miss out on this weekend only half off sale! MORIARTY from Image Comics is available for download directly from comiXology at http://www.comixology.com/Moriarty/comics-series/5926.
Founded in 2007 with the mission of bringing comics to people everywhere, comiXology — in just five short years — has revolutionized the comic book and graphic novel world. From creating the industry leading platform for digital comics to tools and services for brick and mortar retailers, comiXology has lead the charge in exposing new audiences to the rich history and culture of comic books. With the development of the Comics by comiXology digital comics platform — available across iPhone, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire and the Web— comiXology provides the easiest way worldwide for people to enjoy comics at just the click of a button! Regularly ranking as the top grossing iPad app in the entire iTunes App Store, Comics by comiXology was recently selected as a preloaded app on Amazon's Kindle Fire. Providing digital comics across multiple platforms, comiXology will not stop until everyone on the face of the earth has been turned into a comic book fan.
About Image Comics
Image Comics is a comic book and graphic novel publisher founded in 1992 by a collective of best-selling artists. Image has since gone on to become one of the largest comics publishers in the United States. Image currently has five partners: Robert Kirkman, Erik Larsen, Todd McFarlane, Marc Silvestri and Jim Valentino. It consists of five major houses: Todd McFarlane Productions, Top Cow Productions, Shadowline, Skybound and Image Central. Image publishes comics and graphic novels in nearly every genre, sub-genre, and style imaginable. It offers science fiction, romance, horror, crime fiction, historical fiction, humor and more by the finest artists and writers working in the medium today. For more information, visit www.imagecomics.com.
Source: Press Release
Written or Contributed by: Jude Terror