Get THE WALKING DEAD Volume 1 FREE at Emerald City Comic Con 2012 (ECCC)

ComiXology and Skybound partner up to give out 2,500 free digital copies of The Walking Dead Vol. 1

Following the unprecedented demand for the free Walking Dead Vol.1 giveaway at WonderCon ’12 earlier this month, comiXology – the world’s largest digital comics platform available on iPhone, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire and the Web– will be at Emerald City Comicon’12 doing it again! So make sure you visit comiXology (booth #308) during Emerald City Comicon at the Washington State Convention Center in Seattle, Washington from March 30th-April 1st to get one of 2,500 free digital comic giveaway codes for The Walking Dead Vol.1.

Teaming up once again with The Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman’s Skybound, comiXology is out make ECCC’12 unforgettable for comic fans with a free “taste” of the first graphic novel — regularly $8.99 for 140 pages —that the hit The Walking Dead TV show is based on. The first 2,500 Emerald City Comicon’12 attendees to come by comiXology’s booth (#308) will receive a limited edition promotional postcard imprinted with a unique download code redeemable for The Walking Dead Vol. 1 exclusively on comiXology.com in exchange for an email sign up.

In addition to the must-have The Walking Dead Vol. 1 giveaway, comiXology will be providing a hands on demonstrations of it’s Comics by comiXology digital comics platform at their booth all weekend long. Comic fans should not miss their chance to get a look at the all new 3.1 iOS upgrade that includes the CMX-HD digital comics format for the new iPad and features new sharing capabilities.

All ECCC ’12 attendees are invited to attend the special “ComiXology Open Discussion Panel” where comiXology co-founder and CEO David Steinberger will answer questions from the audience on “Everything Digital” with no topic off limits. The “ComiXology Open Discussion: Everything Digital Panel” will be on Saturday, March 31st from 2:00pm- 3:00pm in Room 3.

Most recently, comiXology was in the news for their Comics by comiXology 3.1 iOS update. This update featured not only new sharing capabilities but also the debut of CMX-HD digital comics format to meet the challenge of the new iPad screen. ComiXology debuted 3.1 with a little over 100 titles in this new format. And, only five days later, comiXology was able to offer over 1,000 titles in CMX-HD format. CMX-HD upgraded files are a free upgrade to those who have previously purchased and at no additional cost for new purchases.

Shortly before the 3.1 announcement, comiXology announced they had surpassed 50 million comic books and graphic novel downloads since the inception of their Comics by comiXology digital comics platform – with 5 million of those downloads happening in this past December alone. In addition, this past October saw Comics by comiXology start to consistently chart as the top grossing iPad app in the entire iTunes App Store on new comics release day — a trend that has continued throughout 2012. Then in November, Comics by comiXology was selected as a pre-loaded app on Amazon’s Kindle Fire alongside Facebook and Twitter. By the end of 2011, comiXology had powered three of the top 20 grossing iPad apps — with Comics by comiXology coming in at number 11 for the entire year.

What: Emerald City Comicon 2012

When: March 30th – April 1st, 2012

Where: The Washington State Convention Center, Seattle WA
Booth #: 308

Giveaway: Limited edition promotional postcard imprinted with a unique download code redeemable for The Walking Dead Vol. 1 exclusively on comiXology.com in exchange for an email sign up.

Panels: Saturday, March 31st from 2:00pm – 3:00pm – ComiXology Open Discussion: Everything Digital Panel with comiXology’s David Steinberger – Room 203.

About comiXology
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.
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About The Walking Dead: “The Walking Dead” is a monthly black-and-white comic book series created by Robert Kirkman that follows a group of survivors through a world overrun by The Walking Dead as they struggle to survive an even deadlier threat: Living humans so terrified about their own survival that they are willing to sacrifice everything else. Winner of the 2010 Eisner Award for Best Continuing Series, the Skybound comic has been translated into more than 30 languages, and is available in over 50 countries worldwide. IGN called it “one of the best monthly comics available” and Complex hails it as “one of the best comic series of all time.” It’s also become the highest-rated drama on basic cable of all time. The AMC television series, with Kirkman serving as a writer and executive producer, had 11 million viewers for the season two premiere and was instantly renewed for a third season. As the first TV drama to be launched around the world simultaneously, it’s in 120 countries, translated into 33 languages and is in 250 million households. The Walking Dead also dominated the New York Times’ bestseller lists for graphic novels and was the top seller for 2011. www.Skybound.com is your destination for all news and merchandise for Robert Kirkman, The Walking Dead and all Skybound titles.
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via comiXology Press Release

Terry Moore’s Harvey Award-Winning ECHO Makes its Digital Debut on comiXology

For the first time ever, legendary comic book creator Terry Moore brings his critically acclaimed, Harvey award-winning, Eisner nominated series Echo to comiXology — the world’s largest digital comics distributor — this Wednesday March 28th, 2012. The first half of Moore’s fan favorite, science-fiction, action adventure series will be available across comiXology’s entire platform, including iPhone, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire and the Web with the rest of the series appearing on comiXology’s platform the following week.

“Terry Moore is a giant in the comic book field,” says comiXology CEO and co-Founder David Steinberger. “Being able to deliver the complete run of Echo to comic book fans across the globe all on the same day — at just the click of a button — is why we created comiXology in the first place. Nothing makes me more proud than expanding the audiences able to experience this great comic series.”

“I’m excited to debut Echo digitally on comiXology and capture an entirely new audience for my work,” said Echo creator Terry Moore. “As an independent creator, it’s important to have my work on every outlet available. ComiXology is the proven leader in digital comic book and graphic novel distribution and it’s the perfect place to digitally debut Echo.”

Terry Moore’s Echo has gained critical acclaim from all quarters since it’s original print debut back in 2008, including winning the 2009 Harvey Award for Best New series.  Also in 2009, Producer Lloyd Levin — most widely known as the producer for Watchmen, Mystery Men and Hellboy — optioned the rights to Echo with an eye toward film production.

Echo follows the tale of photographer Julie Martin after she inadvertently becomes linked to a mysterious metal alloy capable of granting her strange powers. On the run from a government out to harness the alloy for reasons unknown, Julie must discover the secrets of the metal for herself while protecting those closest to her before it’s too late.

The digital debut of Echo, follows on the heels of the success of the same day as print release of Moore’s current ongoing series Rachel Rising #6 on comiXology, Moore continues to pave the way for independent creators and publishers seeking a new audience among digital readership.

Echo will be released in both single issues and in collected digital trades, offering fans the chance to experience this outstanding comic book in the way that works best for them.

Comic fans everywhere can start adding Terry Moore’s Echo to their digital comic libraries this coming Wednesday March 28th only on the Comics by comiXology platform.

About comiXology 
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.

via comiXology Press Release

Dark Horse Comics Teams Up with Bioware to Unveil a New Dragon Age Digital Comic Series

Dark Horse Comics announced an all-new digital comic series based on BioWare’s dark, fantasy RPG series, Dragon Age™. Written by Dragon Age Lead Writer, David Gaider, and featuring original art by Chad Hardin (Stan Lee’s The Traveler, Web of Spider-Man, The Spirit), the deep and fascinating lore surrounding the Dragon Age universe will unfold, as new adventures will come to light in the comic series.

The thrilling, six-part series will feature a riveting story that takes fans of the critically-acclaimed Dragon Age franchise deeper into the RPG’s mythology. Readers will follow Alistair, Isabela, and Varric, three important heroes from Dragon Age: Origins and Dragon Age II, as they travel to Antiva, a nation ruled by deadly assassins. The comic series’ heroes will embark on an epic journey to uncover one of the greatest secrets in the history of Thedas while encountering a dangerous prison break and the mysterious and feared Witch of the Wilds.

Dark Horse Comics will release the six-part comic series exclusively at
www.digital.darkhorse.com for $0.99 each starting February 22, 2012.