SUBMIT TO THE DIGITAL FUTURE
You can get pretty much every major comic that’s released in pamphlet form as digital edition, but if Aces Weekly has whetted your appetite for digital-only releases, what else is out there?
Electricomics launched just as we went to press and is already looking very exciting. Another good place to start is Comixology’s Submit programme, which sells brand-new digital comics by indie creators – it’s pretty much self-publishing, but carefully curated by Comixology. John D Roberts, Comixology co-founder and director of Comixology Submit, explains: “Creators just need to sign up, upload a PDF, go through an approval process, and then their work is put up for sale. We split the revenue evenly, with the creator keeping all rights. It’s a great deal for creators that don’t want to spend money printing a comic. And we’ve received submissions from every continent except for maybe Antarctica.
“We review all the submissions and do exert quality control over them,” Roberts continues. “We’re being entrusted with these creators’ content, so we want to make sure that we’re presenting it in the best light possible. That also means, from a customer perspective, when they buy a Submit title, they know that it will have a standard of quality.”
It’s not all unknown creators, either: the bestselling Submit title of 2014 was Leaving Megalopolis, a tale of what happens when a city’s superheroes turn murderous, by Gail Simone and Jim Calafiore.
Douglas Rushkoff and Liam Sharp’s sci-fi title Testament is also a big seller.
Above: Billy Budd, KGB was first published in English by Catalan Communications in 1991 – remarkably apt considering that the Cold War came to an abrupt end with the collapse of the Soviet Union at the end of that year.
Above: There’s probably some deep cultural reason why European film-makers and artists are able to produce such iconic visions of the Old West. Boucq sure draws nice, though, don’t he?