Archie Comics renews distribution agreement with comiXology, expands single issues to Amazon

Archie Comics renews distribution agreement with comiXology, expands single issues to Amazon

Amazon’s Kindle Store now has more than 1,700 single issue comics featuring iconic Archie characters, as well as the new Riverdale Reborn series, Afterlife with Archie, Chilling Adventures of Sabrina and more

August 2015 — New York, NY—Archie Comics, comiXology and Amazon announced an expanded and renewed distribution agreement to sell Archie’s digital comic books and graphic novels across the comiXology platform and bring Archie single issues to the Amazon Kindle Store. More than 1,700 single issues are now available for sale in the Kindle Store, including the newly re-launched Archie series by Mark Waid and Fiona Staples, the upcoming New Riverdale titles as well as Archie Horror and Dark Circle comic series.

“As we look forward to celebrating our 75th anniversary, it’s an ongoing priority for us to engage our fans in new and innovative ways,” said Jon Goldwater, CEO of Archie Comics.  “We are very pleased to continue serving our readers around the globe through the comiXology platform, and extremely excited to reach a brand new reading audience through the Kindle Store.”

“Archie Comics is one of the most recognizable comic book brands in the world,” said David Steinberger, comiXology’s co-founder and CEO. “They’ve done a fantastic job of constantly reinventing themselves to keep their characters fresh and relevant to readers of all ages. We’re happy that comiXology continues to be a key part of their digital distribution and to add them to the Kindle Store as a way to reach even more fans.”

While Archie’s graphic novels have long been available in the Kindle Store, their 1,700 single issues available today include many popular series and characters from the Archie Comics catalog, including Archie, Josie And The Pussycats, Sabrina The Teenage Witch, Afterlife with Archie, and a variety of Dark Circle titles.  Kindle readers will also have same day as print access to new releases, including the new Archie series by Mark Waid and Fiona Staples and the upcoming Jughead by Chip Zdarsky,Betty and Veronica by Adam Hughes and Life with Kevin by Dan Parent and J. Bone.

The Kindle Store gives readers access to millions of books on the most popular devices and platforms, including Fire tablets, Kindle e-readers, iOS, Android, and more.

With over 75,000 comics, graphic novels and manga from more than 75 publishers, comiXology offers the widest selection of digital comics in the world. ComiXology’s immense catalog and cinematic Guided View reading experience make it the best digital platform for comic and graphic novel fans worldwide.

About Archie Comics
Archie Comics is the leading mass market comic book publisher in the world and the home to a wide array of the most popular humor, action-adventure and superhero characters in entertainment, including Archie, Jughead, Betty and Veronica, Reggie, Kevin Keller, Josie and the Pussycats, Sabrina the Teenage Witch, Afterlife With Archie, the Dark Circle Comics superhero characters (The Black Hood, The Fox, The Shield and more), Li’l Jinx and many more. Archie Comics have sold over 2 billion comics worldwide and are published around the world in a number of languages. In addition to comics, Archie characters have been featured prominently in animation, television, film and music. Follow Archie Comics on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube andthe Archie Comics Store.

About comiXology
 
ComiXology, an Amazon.com, Inc. subsidiary (NASDAQ:AMZN), has revolutionized the comic book and graphic novel industry by delivering a cloud-based digital comics platform that makes discovering, buying, and reading comics more fun than ever before. ComiXology’s Guided View reading technology transforms the comic book medium into an immersive and cinematic experience, helping comiXology become a top ten grossing iPad app in 2011 and 2012 and the top grossing non-game iPad app in 2012 and 2013. Offering the broadest library of comic book content from over 75 publishers – and independent creators as well – comiXology will not stop until everyone on the face of the planet has become a comic book fan. ComiXology is based in New York City, with operations in Seattle, Los Angeles and Paris. For more information visit www.comixology.com.

About Amazon
Amazon.com opened on the World Wide Web in July 1995. The company is guided by four principles: customer obsession rather than competitor focus, passion for invention, commitment to operational excellence, and long-term thinking. Customer reviews, 1-Click shopping, personalized recommendations, Prime, Fulfillment by Amazon, AWS, Kindle Direct Publishing, Kindle, Fire phone, Fire tablets, Fire TV, and Amazon Echo are some of the products and services pioneered by Amazon.

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Reminder from Diamond :Free Comic Book Day is Tomorrow

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Get free comics at participating comic book shops on Saturday May 2nd, 2015

 (BALTIMORE, MD) — (April 23, 2015) —On May 2nd the most anticipated event in the comic book industry, Free Comic Book Day (FCBD) will be celebrated at comic book specialty shops across the U.S., Canada, and worldwide! Over 5.6 million comic books will be given away for free to anyone who goes to one of the 2,300 participating comic book shops.

This year’s roster contains 50 free comics that include titles for everyone’s tastes, including Marvel’s Secret Wars, DC Comic’s Divergence, Bob’s Burgers, SpongeBob, Transformers, Pokemon, The Tick, Rabbids, and many more for fans to discover!  Complete descriptions of the 50 FCBD titles, along with four-to-six page previews can be found online at www.freecomicbookday.com/comics.

During Free Comic Book Day, comic shops will also host community events such as costume contests, drawings by guest artists, creator signings, raffles, door prizes, photos with costumed characters, and other fun activities to take part in.

“Free Comic Book Day is the ultimate comic book experience, giving those who may be new comics, those who enjoy the TV Shows and movies based off of comic books, and also devoted comic readers, the opportunity to get great titles for free,” says Free Comic Book Day spokesperson Deborah Moreland.

“Comic shops plan their FCBD activities months in advance to give their community the best Free Comic Book Day experience. Their events help bring together like-minded fans who come to discover new stories, explore all the fun and trendy comic book and pop-culture related items available in comic shops while enjoying the biggest comic book day of the year with family and friends!”

To find a participating FCBD comic shop, view all 50 free titles, and see special FCBD messages from actors and comic book fans Mark Hamill and Robin Lord Taylor, visit www.freecomicbookday.com.

Some of the videos Special FCBD Messages are here

http://bit.ly/MarkHamill_FCBD2015

http://bit.ly/FCBD15_ComicBookMen

http://bit.ly/RobinLordTaylor_FCBD2015

http://bit.ly/FCBD2015_JasonMewes

http://bit.ly/FCBD2015_LawrenceGilliard

http://bit.ly/FCBD2015_ChadColeman

 Free Comic Book Day 2015: Gold Comics

*Gold comics will be available at every participating retailer on May 2nd

 ARCHIE COMIC PUBLICATIONS| DARK CIRCLE COMICS PREVIEW

JAN150015 - FCBD 2015 SONIC THE HEDGEHOG MEGA MAN WORLDS UNITE PRELUDE (

BONGO COMICS| 2014 BONGO COMICS FREE-FOR-ALL

JAN150002 - FCBD 2015 BONGO COMICS FREE-FOR-ALL (NET)

BOOM! STUDIOS| BOOM! STUDIOS TENTH ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL

JAN150003 - FCBD 2015 BOOM STUDIOS 10TH ANNIVERSARY FCBD SPECIAL (NET)

DARK HORSE COMICS| FIGHT CLUB/ THE GOON/ THE STRAIN

JAN150004 - FCBD 2015 DARK HORSE FIGHT CLUB THE GOON THE STRAIN (NET) (M

DC COMICS| DIVERGENCE

JAN150005 - FCBD 2015 DC COMICS DIVERGENCE (NET)

DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT| BOB’S BURGERS

JAN150006 - FCBD 2015 BOBS BURGERS (NET)

IDW PUBLISHING| TRANSFORMERS ROBOTS IN DISGUISE #0

JAN150007 - FCBD 2015 TRANSFORMERS ROBOTS IN DISGUISE #0 (NET)

IMAGE COMICS|SAVAGE DRAGON: LEGACY #1

JAN150008 - FCBD 2015 SAVAGE DRAGON LEGACY (NET)

MARVEL COMICS| SECRET WARS #0

JAN150009 - FCBD 2015 SECRET WARS #0 (Net)

TITAN COMICS| DOCTOR WHO SPECIAL

JAN150010 - FCBD 2015 DOCTOR WHO SPECIAL (NET)

UNITED PLANKTON PICTURES|SPONGEBOB FREESTYLES FUNNIES

JAN150011 - FCBD 2015 SPONGEBOB FREESTYLE FUNNIES (NET)

VIZ MEDIA/ PERFECT SQUARE| POKÉMON

JAN150012 - FCBD 2015 PERFECT SQUARE PRESENTS POKEMON (NET)

 Free Comic Book Day 2015: Silver Comics

* Silver comics are optional. Not all titles will be available at participating comic shops.  

 12 GAUGE COMICS| I.C.E.: BAYOU BLACKOUT

JAN150045 - FCBD 2015 ICE BAYOU BLACKOUT (NET)

ACTION LAB ENTERTAINMENT| GRONK AND FRIENDS\

JAN150013 - FCBD 2015 GRONK AND FRIENDS (NET)

ANTARTCTIC PRESS| STEAMPUNK GOLDILOCKS

JAN150014 - FCBD 2015 STEAMPUNK GOLDILOCKS (NET)

ARCHIE COMIC PUBLICATIONS| SONIC/MEGA MAN: “WORLDS UNITE”  FLIP-BOOK

JAN150015 - FCBD 2015 SONIC THE HEDGEHOG MEGA MAN WORLDS UNITE PRELUDE (

ASPEN MLT INC. | WORLDS OF ASPEN 2015

JAN150016 - FCBD 2015 WORLDS OF ASPEN (NET)

AUTOMATIC PUBLISHING| HATTER M: LOVE OF WONDER #1

JAN150017 - FCBD 2015 HATTER M LOVE OF WONDER (NET)

AVATAR| MERCURY HEAT DEBUT

JAN150018 - FCBD 2015 MERCURY HEAT DEBUT (NET) (MR)

BEGUILING BOOKS| COMIC FESTIVAL! 2015 #1

JAN150019 - FCBD 2015 COMICS FESTIVAL (NET)
CAPSTONE| MARCH GRAND PRIX

JAN150020 - FCBD 2015 MARCH GRAND PRIX (NET)

CBLDF| DEFEND COMICS

JAN150021 - FCBD 2015 CBLDF DEFEND COMICS (NET)

CHAPTER HOUSE/CAPTAIN CANUCK| CAPTAIN CANUCK

JAN150022 - FCBD 2015 CAPTAIN CANUCK (NET)

COMIXTRIBE| AND THEN EMILY WAS GONE #0

JAN150023 - FCBD 2015 AND THEN EMILY WAS GONE #0 (NET) (MR)

DARK HORSE COMICS| AVATAR, PLANTS VS ZOMBIES, BANDETTE

JAN150024 - FCBD 2015 DARK HORSE ALL AGES AVATAR PVZ BANDETTE (NET)
DC COMICS| TEEN TITAN GO, SCOOBY-DOO TEAM UP

JAN150025 - FCBD 2015 TEEN TITANS GO SCOOBY DOO TEAM UP (NET)

DRAWN & QUARTERLY| SUPERMUTANT MAGIC ACADEMY/ STEP ASIDE, POPS!

JAN150026 - FCBD 2015 SUPERMUTANT MAGIC ACADEMY STEP ASIDE POPS COMBO (N

FANTAGRAPHICS BOOKS INC.| HIP HOP FAMILY TREE THREE-IN-ONE FEATURING COSPLAYERS

JAN150027 - FCBD 2015 HIP HOP FAMILY TREE 3-IN-1 FEATURING COSPLAYERS (N

GEMSTONE PUBLISHING| OVERSTREET’S COMIC BOOK MARKETPLACE

JAN150028 - FCBD 2015 OVERSTREET COMIC BOOK MARKETPLACE (NET)
HERMES PRESS| THE PHANTOM FCBD SPECIAL

JAN150030 - FCBD 2015 PHANTOM SPECIAL (NET)

IDW PUBLISHING| TMNT: PRELUDE TO VENGANCE

JAN150031 - FCBD 2015 TMNT PRELUDE TO VENGEANCE (NET)
IMAGE COMICS| TALES OF HONOR #0

JAN150032 - FCBD 2015 TALES OF HONOR (NET)
KODANSHA| KODANSHA COMICS SAMPLER

JAN150033 - FCBD 2015 KODANSHA COMICS SAMPLER (NET)

LEGENDARY COMICS| LEGENDARY COMICS PREVIEW

JAN150034 - FCBD 2015 LEGENDARY COMICS SAMPLER (NET)

LIQUID COMICS| GRANT MORRISON’S “STAN LEE’S SHAKRA THE INCREDIBLE”

JAN150035 - FCBD 2015 STAN LEE CHAKRA THE INVINCIBLE (NET)

MARVEL| AVENGERS #1

JAN150036 - FCBD 2015 ALL NEW ALL DIFFERENT AVENGERS (Net)

NEW ENGLAND COMICS| THE TICK

JAN150037 - FCBD 2015 THE TICK (NET)

ONI PRESS| TERRIBLE LIZARD #1

JAN150038 - FCBD 2015 TERRIBLE LIZARD #1 (NET)

PAPERCUTZ| RABBIDS

JAN150039 - FCBD 2015 RABBIDS (NET)

PAPERCUTZ/SUPER GENIUS| LADY JUSTICE #1

JAN150040 - FCBD 2015 LADY JUSTICE (NET)

REBELLION| 2000AD SPECIAL

JAN150041 - FCBD 2015 2000 AD SPECIAL (NET)

 

RED 5 COMICS| BODIE TROLL AND FRIENDS

JAN150042 - FCBD 2015 BODIE TROLL & FRIENDS (NET)
SCHOLASTIC INC. | GRAPHIX SPOTLIGHT: CLEOPATRA IN SPACE TARGET PRACTICE

JAN150029 - FCBD 2015 GRAPHIX SPOTLIGHT CLEOPATRA IN SPACE (NET)

TH3RD WORLD| THE STUFF OF LEGEND: A CALL TO ARMS PREVIEW

JAN150043 - FCBD 2015 STUFF OF LEGEND CALL TO ARMS (NET)

TOP SHELF PRODUCTIONS| THE MOTORCYCLE SAMURAI

JAN150044 - FCBD 2015 MOTORCYCLE SAMURAI (NET)

UDON ENTERTAINMENT| STREET FIGHTER: SUPER COMBO SPECIAL

JAN150046 - FCBD 2015 STREET FIGHTER SUPER COMBO SPECIAL (NET)
VALIANT| VALIANT 25TH ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL

JAN150047 - FCBD 2015 VALIANT 25TH ANNIVERSAY SPECIAL (NET)

VIZ MEDIA| SHONEN JUMP PRESENTS: JO JO’S BIZARE ADVENTURE/YU-GI-OH

JAN150048 - FCBD 2015 VIZ JOJOS BIZARRE ADVENTURE AND YU GI OH (NET)

ZENESCOPE| GRIMM FAIRY TALES PRESENTS: WONDERLAND-ONE SHOT

JAN150049 - FCBD 2015 GFT WONDERLAND SPECIAL EDITION ONE SHOT (NET) (MR)

ZENESCOPE| JURASSIC STRIKE FORCE #5

JAN150050 - FCBD 2015 ZENESCOPE JURASSIC STRIKE FORCE 5 ONE SHOT (NET)

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ABOUT FREE COMIC BOOK DAY—Free Comic Book Day is the comic book specialty market’s annual event where participating comic book shops across North America and around the world give away comic books absolutely free to anyone who comes into their comic shops. The event is held the first Saturday in May and is the perfect opportunity to introduce friends and family to the many worlds of wonder available at local comic book shops. From super-heroes to slice-of-life to action/adventure and beyond, Free Comic Book Day has a comic book for everyone!

© 2015 Diamond Comic Distributors, Inc. and Free Comic Book Day, inc.  All rights reserved. Free Comic Book Day, FCBD, and the FCBD logo are copyright Diamond and Free Comic Book Day, inc.  Diamond, the Diamond logo, and PREVIEWS are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Diamond Comic Distributors in the United States and/or other countries. All other trademarks are the property of their respective copyright owners.

 

 

ARCHIE MEETS PREDATOR

Dark Horse Comics and Archie Comics team up for a bloodbath in Riverdale!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: NEW YORK, NY—America’s favorite teen meets the galaxy’s fiercest hunter! Dark Horse Comics and Archie Comics are proud to bring you spring 2015’s hottest crossover: Archie Meets Predator.

With writer Alex de Campi (Grindhouse, Lady Zorro, Smoke/Ashes) at the helm, with artist Fernando Ruiz, things are going to get wild quick.

“In the grand tradition of Archie Meets the Punisher and Archie Meets Kiss, we’re unbelievably excited to partner with Dark Horse to show what happens when the Predator comes to Riverdale,” said Archie Comics publisher/co-CEO Jon Goldwater. “It’s going to be a surprising, energetic, and must-read series, and we’re so glad Alex de Campi and Fernando Ruiz are joining forces to tell this off-the-wall story.”

Archie and friends hit Costa Rica for spring break, where party and beach games soon get replaced by the most dangerous game! What mysterious attraction does the gang hold for the trophy-collecting Predator, and will the kids even realize they’re in danger before it claims them all?

Archie Meets Predator #1 is on sale April 2015. Preorder your copy today! 

Praise for Alex de Campi:

“This is a flat out insane comic book. All that ridiculous violence and mayhem that de Campi writes is brought to bloody life in a spectacular fashion.”—IGN

“Alex de Campi’s writing puts you in the story immediately.”—Comic Bastards

“Writer Alex de Campi understands the core appeal of grindhouse cinema: cheap laughs, over the top characters, gore, and stellar creatures.”—Bloody Disgusting

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About Dark Horse

Founded in 1986 by Mike Richardson, Dark Horse Comics has proven to be a solid example of how integrity and innovation can help broaden a unique storytelling medium and establish a small, homegrown company as an industry giant. The company is known for the progressive and creator-friendly atmosphere it provides for writers and artists. In addition to publishing comics from top talent, such as Frank Miller, Mike Mignola, Neil Gaiman, Brian Wood, Gerard Way, Felicia Day, and Guillermo del Toro, and comics legends, such as Will Eisner, Neal Adams, and Jim Steranko, Dark Horse has developed its own successful properties, such as The Mask, Ghost, Timecop, and SpyBoy. Its successful line of comics and products based on popular properties includes Star Wars, Mass Effect, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Aliens, Conan, EVE Online, Halo, Serenity, Game of Thrones, and Domo. Today Dark Horse Comics is the largest independent comic book publisher in the US and is recognized as one of the world’s leading publishers of both creator-owned content and licensed comics material.

About Archie Comics
Archie Comics is the leading mass market comic book publisher in the world and the home to a wide array of the most popular humor, action-adventure and superhero characters in entertainment, including Archie, Jughead, Betty and Veronica, Reggie, Kevin Keller, Josie and the Pussycats, Sabrina the Teenage Witch, Afterlife With Archie, The Fox, The New Crusaders, The Shield, Li’l Jinx and many more. Archie Comics have sold 2 billion comics worldwide and are published around the world in a number of languages. In addition to comics, Archie characters have been featured prominently in animation, television, film and music.

Archie’s Sunday Finest Hits Shelves Tomorrow

 

 

 

Collecting Bob Montana’s 1940s and early 1950s Sunday strips

San Diego, CA (May 8, 2012) – IDW Publishing is pleased to announce the launch of ARCHIE’S SUNDAY FINEST, available in comic book stores this Wednesday. This hardcover collection features full-color Archie Sunday strips, presenting classic Archie themes and characters by cartoonist Bob Montana.

“We are thrilled to continue the Eisner award-winning series with the all new Archie’s Sunday Finest,” said Greg Goldstein, IDW President and COO. “This oversize volume will allow fans to see Montana’s brilliance for themselves with these never before reprinted strips. ”

Archie Andrews and the gang are such universal characters that one may not even think of them as having been created by anyone in particular, much less having been drawn from life. But of course, they were. Originally springing from the imagination of Archie Comics co-founder John L. Goldwater, and fleshed out by the supremely-talented Montana, Archie and his friends – Jughead, Betty and Veronica, and Reggie remain pop culture icons to this day.

In these rarely seen Sunday newspaper comics from the late 1940s and early 1950s—including the very first Archie strips—Montana draws on the facts, fantasy, feelings, and fun of his own high school days in Haverhill, Massachusetts to build upon the legendary characters created by Goldwater.

This Sundays-only collection continues the Eisner Award-winning series from IDW’s Library of American Comics in an oversized 10″ x 13″ format. Edited and designed by Dean Mullaney with an introduction by David Allen.

ARCHIE’S SUNDAY FINEST ($49.99, 160 pages, hard cover, full color) will be available in comic book stores May 9, 2012. Diamond order code JAN120480; ISBN 978-1-61377-152-5.

Visit IDWPublishing.com to sign up for updates and learn more about the company and its top-selling books.

Diamond, iVerse Teaming Up to Offer Digital Content Via Comic Shops

Imagine a future where readers and fans can visit their local comic shop to buy not just physical copies of new comics, but also digital
editions that aren’t available anywhere else, and can be viewed in multiple platforms including iPhone, iPad, web, and others.

That future is coming soon as Diamond Comic Distributors (DCD) – the world’s largest distributor of English-language comic books, graphic
novels and related pop-culture merchandise – joins forces with iVerse Media – the pioneer of digital comics and creators of the popular
ComicsPLUS reader – to empower 2,700+ brick and mortar comic shops to sell digital content.

Plans call for day-and-date digital editions to sell exclusively at comic shops for 30 days for about $1.99, with “Digital Plus” editions
– digital copies available with the purchase of a hard copy – expected to sell for $.99.

Thanks to a simple but technologically robust code redemption system, retailers will need only an internet connection and a printer to
participate. They will have no inventory risk or carrying costs and will retain a significant portion of each sale, with billing occurring
on their regular DCD invoices. Retailers with websites will also be able to profitably sell a wide range of digital back issue comics and
graphic novels.

Diamond Executive VP and COO Chuck Parker had this to say: “Digital comics are creating opportunities for publishers to grow the comic
market. Our task, as we see it, has been to structure a program that empowers comic retailers to play a role in this growth and, at the
same time, make money selling digital content. We think we’ve accomplished that with this initiative, and we look forward to
feedback from retailers and publishers alike to help us succeed in this endeavor.”


iVerse CEO Michael Murphey added: “We are proud to be helping Diamond develop systems which will immediately enable comic shop retailers at any level of technical ability to easily sell digital comics. We are also very excited about the potential of this new venture to create
many creative print-to-digital and digital-to-print promotional possibilities.”

Publishers already on-board with the program include: Ape Entertainment, Archie Comics, Aspen Comics, Bluewater Productions,
Broadsword Comics, Hermes Press, IDW Publishing, Moonstone Comics, NBM Publishing, Papercutz, Red 5 Comics, Studio Foglio, Titan Books,TOKYOPOP, Top Cow Productions and Top Shelf Productions. Talks with other publishers are continuing, and the first comic shop digital editions are slated to debut in July, 2011.

“Direct Market retailers have always been IDW’s most important market and we’re very pleased to be working with Diamond and iVerse to
include them in the digital distribution of our books,” said Ted Adams, CEO/Publisher IDW Publishing.

Dave Bowen, Director of DCD’s new Diamond Digital division, said: “We invite all publishers to join our effort, whether with all of their
books or a portion of their line. All we ask is that they give comic shops a 30-day head-start on selling whatever digital content they
chose to make available through the program.”

Further details with be forthcoming at the ComicsPRO Annual Meeting, being held February 10-12 in Dallas, and at Diamond’s Retailer Summit,to be held March 17-18 in Chicago, in conjunction with the C2E2 show.