I actually don't think this is a good thing. There's a couple of problems with this and the first is that if you have too many digital comics at once you tend to forget about them and never read them so giving people 100 comics for $10 bucks is really just giving them ten they'll read and the rest just sitting on the cloud only to be associated with their account. The second problem is that the submit books are creator-owned meaning the creators are about to give their books away and not receive jack in return. Something about the 98% off the cover price doesn't sound awesome for creators trying to make a living off of selling their books. You can of course make the argument of exposure, but that isn't going to work for every series for the first reason I gave too many issues at once. I'm sure we'll never know how it turns out unless the creators of the books notice a jump in sales and tell the world. Update: After some feedback on Twitter I do realize that the headline is a bit much, but I still stand by the opinion that this isn't a good think for small publishers.
ComiXology, the revolutionary digital comics platform, celebrates their 5-year anniversary of delivering digital comics to fans across the globe by offering 100 books from their comiXology Submit self-publishing program for just 10 bucks U.S. — a savings of 94% off the cover price.
“ComiXology Submit lets creators connect with customers from anywhere across the globe, getting a whole new generation of comics into the hands of the widest possible customer base,” said comiXology co-founder and Director of Submit & Digital Storytelling John D. Roberts. “We’re happy to celebrate our 5-year anniversary with this great deal on these great books from comiXology Submit.”
“We’re thrilled to be able to celebrate our 5-year anniversary by getting so much new and undiscovered talent into readers’ hands through this bundle,” said comiXology co-founder and CEO David Steinberger. “We did a similar promotion at SXSW this past spring that was a smashing success, and it’s exciting to do this again today.”
Debuting at Comic-Con International in 2009, comiXology’s digital comics platform offers over 50,000 books from more than 75 publishers, providing the widest selection of digital comics in the world.
The comiXology Submit self-publishing platform allows independent creators and cartoonists to upload at no cost their comic books and graphic novels for sale on comiXology.
Creators and cartoonists interested in submitting works can visit http://submit.comixology.com.
Comic book and graphic novel fans interested in discovering works by independent creators and cartoonists on comiXology are invited to visit http://www.comixology.com/submit.