Red 5 To Publish Print Version Of ‘Box 13’ Online Comic This May
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Box 13, the digital comic book series by David Gallaher and Steve Ellis, will see its first time in print as a trade paperback this May 19, 2010.

Red 5 Comics will collect the entire online series into one printed graphic novel, which will sell for $13. The 8-page first chapter will debut in print in Red 5’s 2010 Atomic Robo FCBD issue on Free Comic Book Day on May 1, 2010.

“There will be some extra material exclusive to the print edition,” according to Red 5 Co-founder Paul Ens, who I spoke with directly.

The entire series is actually online for free right now exclusively at Comixology. You can read it online or through the Comixology iPhone/iPod Touch app. Ens said that the free availability of online and mobile versions of the series will “likely to be a limited-time offer” though there’s no set time-limit in place at this time. Therefore, if you’re interested in reading the free versions of Box 13, do so now before your opportunity is over.

ComiXology originally commissioned by Box 13, which was created from start-to-finish with print-ready layouts, and released it exclusively on the iPhone.

Here’s some information about the series:

Created by David Gallaher and Steve Ellis, the first Zuda.com contest winners, Box 13 is a re- imagining of the popular radio serial of the same name. It follows investigative author Dan Holiday who has spent the last several years of his life researching the secrets behind the MKULTRA project. His latest book has brought him a degree of notoriety, but a mysterious numbered box left on his book signing table is too much to resist. Once opened, the box sends him spinning on a harrowing journey of self-discovery and driving mystery… what is in Box 13?

While inspired by the noir-serial of the 1940s, the reimagining blends in the disorienting action- mysteries of the 1960s like “The Manchurian Candidate”, “The Prisoner” and “Modesty Blaise” wrapped in a modern tale in a digital medium. “There is gunplay, conspiracy, romance, psychological drama, train chases, motorcycle chases, and danger!” author David Gallaher told CBR. “But, at its heart it’s a story about rediscovering your place in the world after everything in your life changes forever.”

When I read the part that it was “inspired by the noir-serial of the 1940s” I recalled something about an old radio show, but I wasn’t too familiar with it. But, knowing this was enough to pique my interest, so I went online to check the series out (I don’t have an iPhone, but if it was available for my Android, I would have grabbed it there for sure). All it took was that first chapter to hook me in, so I’m definitely eager to check out the printed edition. For those of you who like their stuff in print, be sure to take advantage of the FCBD issue.

While I was writing up this story, I wondered if people would pay to get the upcoming printed version even though there was a free version available online. So I queried the Twitterverse, “Question: If you can read something online for free (legally), would you still buy the print version?” Every respondee claimed that they’d still buy the printed version even if a free digital version was available. Most stated that if they’d read the digital version and enjoyed it, it would make them want the printed version even more. Several people said that bonus material and/or alternate covers and/or unique packaging included in the print version would be an incentive for them to buy a book/comic book they’ve already read online.

[Source: Red 5 Comics]

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