Tuesday, February 17, 2009

IDWeb comics


In addition to the downloadable comics at iTunes, we're expanding our presence in offering paperless comics to those of you who like to read comics on your computer screens, too. We're offering a wide array of comics for download at a site called Eagle One Media. For $2, you can download full PDFs of a few dozen of our comics, with more to come. They download very quickly, are available for download on multiple machines, and cost half (or less than half, in the case of things like the 72-page DOOMED magazine issues being offered there).

The official press announcement will be going out soon but here's the text of the release itself and a list of the titles currently available:

IDW Publishing and Eagle One Media join forces to give comics fans an innovative new way to enjoy IDW’s unique library of titles.

(San Diego, CA; February 18, 2009) IDW Publishing, known for its wide array of comic books and graphic novels, has partnered with Eagle One Media to start a comprehensive backlist on the Web. Featuring a range of books from the Eisner-nominated artist and co-creator of 30 Days of Night, Ben Templesmith, to the Presidential Material: Barack Obama and McCain comics, to work by acclaimed artist Ashley Wood, each title will be available for download as a PDF for a minimal $1.99 fee.

Eagle One Media’s President, Eric Reichert, is excited about this new relationship. "Being able to work in partnership with IDW to make a significant number of their comics available for download to fans worldwide is a great opportunity for us. We've simplified the process so that comic fans can easily and quickly download complete PDF-style issues to their computer. They can also print the issues and save them to more than one computer if needed.

Plus, with a sales price below the printed books, we give fans the opportunity to discover and try out comics which they may not have had access to in the past, in an innovative format. IDW joins our growing list of publishers who have made their comics and graphic novels available in our retail download store at: www.eagleonemedia.com.”

Chris Ryall, IDW’s Publisher/Editor-in-Chief, added “I love seeing our comics expand into areas that allow readers to sample books that are new or unfamiliar to them. Eagle One’s formatting is clean, quick, and easy for anyone who wants to read comics on their computer, and when you consider that you can download an entire issue of the 72-page Doomed magazine for $2, a great value, too.

This pairing ushers in a brand-new platform for fans to enjoy IDW’s extensive backlist, with titles to appeal to a wide array of fans. Currently available for download are Blood-Stained Sword, Cobb, CVO, D’Airain Aventure, Doomed, Everybody’s Dead, Grumpy Old Monsters, Igor, Lore, Lost & Found, Pirat Tales, Presidential Material, ShadowPlay, Singularity 7, Snaked, and Zombies!: Feast. This already impressive backlist will be frequently updated at Eagleonemedia.com.

3 comments:

denyer said...

The cool thing about this isn't so much the purchasing (for a five-issue series, price is into TPB territory) is that it lays out lots of previews in a way that's very easy to interact with, visually and mixing things up rather than subdivided into site sections. And PDFs beat Flash applets, hands down.

Have nabbed the Doomed issues, out of curiosity and because the format very much deserves supporting. Leaving myself a memo to check out Lore / Shadow Play / Singularity when more time presents itself.

Ooh... big files too. Should be nice quality.

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