In a surprise twist, DC Comics has shocked the world and joined the digital revolution by releasing their very own iPhone and iPad apps this week!
This application is based off of and made in conjunction with the popular Comixology comic reader that provides the basis for the Marvel Comics and Boom! Studios apps as well, so it seems like Comixology is going to be the source for this medium in the future.
I have yet to see any official press release from DC Comics, but after browsing through the application, I have noticed a few key things. First, a free preview is available for Superman #700, which hits stores today, but there are no other same day releases that I can find. Not only does this application have access to the wide-spanning DC Universe, it also celebrates the strong libraries of DC’s imprint publishers Wildstorm and Vertigo. The application has paid issues from All Star Superman, Planetary, and Fables, but it also has free comics like Batman: Black and White, Fringe, and Mirror’s Edge.
Comixology CEO David Steinberger released a video on the company’s Vimeo site debuting their beta app for desktop computers and talking a little bit about the plan for the full release. The interesting thing is that Comixology is letting anyone with a Comixology account or anyone who wants to register an account use the beta. That is right, if you click the link above, you can go check out all the free comics on your desktop right now!
Steinberger was definitely open with all of the details and plans that Comixology has for this app. The good points are a bigger screen to read all the comics on, you can switch between two page and the special panel by panel view and even enter a full screen mode, as well as whatever you buy on one platform (iPad, iPhone, or Desktop) you will own on every platform. So if you are reading on the go and get home and want to switch to a bigger screen you can just go over to your desktop and continue reading.
Last year at New York Comic Con, Troy Duffy met with 12-Gauge Comics about possibly creating comic book based on The Boondock Saints (Read: The ‘Boondock Saints’ Comic Book?). Now, with the San Diego Comic Con upon us, it has been announced that a comic book tie-in to the highly-anticipated sequel Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day is indeed on the way and will be announced at the convention.
Duffy spoke to Comic Book Resources and explained that the comic will give us a more in-depth look into the origins of the infamous Il Duce (played in the movies by the fantastic Billy Connolly) and how he became a cold-blooded killer. You can see the first issue’s artwork above.
If you’re heading to Comic Con this week, be sure to hit the 12-Gauge booth on Friday where you can meet director Troy Duffy and check out the Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day panel on Saturday, where the Boondock II trailer will be unveiled!
Click on over to see the brief motion trailer that has been released for the comic. I’m not sure if the comic will actually be a full-on motion comic or if it’s just this trailer that’s using the style.
Out there in the world, right this moment, there are countless independent comic book writers and artists trying to make their mark in the comic world. Silber Media is one of those folks, but instead of sticking on the regular path or taking the new road of digital comics, these guys and gals took an alternative path rarely traveled: mini-comics!
Mini comics aren’t comic books, and they’re not comic strips. They’re kind of a hybrid of the two. Each is about the size of a matchbook, with one panel, one picture, and one or two lines of dialogue on each page, but in the page-turning book format. Basically, you throw a handful of them in your pocket and go wherever you need to go. At a low point in your day, grab a mini-comic and go to town.
Currently, Silber has multiple mini-comic series going on, including Lost Kisses — which follows a lowly stick figure on his bitter, loathing quest for vengeance on a hated ex girlfriend; as well as Worms — a nightmare of a story that sees a girl waking up in a mysterious hospital, tied to her bed and attached to an IV with worms in it that slowly work their way into her system.
Troy Duffy, director of king cult movie The Boondock Saints and the massively-anticipated sequel Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day, was on hand at the recent New York Comic Con with star Sean Patrick Flanery to sign autographs for the brand new Blu-ray release.
While there, they also made a stop at the 12-Gauge Comics booth for a little business — the possibilities of a Boondock Saints comic book.
No word on what the comic may cover story wise. It looks as if 12-Gauge did a little concept art piece for Troy to check out, and from the sounds of it, all parties were impressed and some sort of agreement was reached.
This of course isn’t an etched in stone confirmation yet, but it does look very likely; and hell, a Boondock comic makes all the damn sense in the world. It’s the kind of movie that could have easily been a comic before it came to film, they just happened to go in reverse.
Click over to the other side for a small video of the duo’s virgin Comic Con experience.