ComiXology is one of the leading online portals for digital comics published by Archie, IDW, DC and Marvel. All of those leading publishing companies also run their own individual apps, but they are also run by ComiXology. Today a new way for authors to digitally self-published has been introduced.
ComiXology Submit is a new program that will allow indie authors to submit their content and have it available via their main app for iOS and Android. When submitting a new comic book your publication would be reviewed by an in-house squad to monitor it for high-quality. They basically want to insure that anything that is submitted would fall in-line with a solid art style and storyline. You can glean a little bit of sanctification by seeing your comic right beside the Avengers.
Single issue comics are allowed to be sold for .99 or more. When a comic is sold, creators will gain 50% of all royalties, but if it is sold on iOS, you will see it diminish to only 35%. You may not make a million dollars but can gain valuable experience via the DIY approach. Successful comic book authors may find the bigger companies trying to poach them into their own departments.
“When we started ComiXology it was with a handful of comics from deals done directly with creators and very small publishers,” said co-founder and CEO of the company, David Steinberger. “We are happy today, with the announcement of ComiXology Submit, that we now have a turnkey system to service this incredibly vital part of the marketplace. ComiXology Submit, helps keep the promise to our customers of having the best and most diverse comic books and graphic novels available worldwide.”
The first indie comics will be available in around eight weeks and have their own section within the main ComiXology app. You can expect an upgrade to be pushed via iOS or Android to give you an indication on when all the new stuff is available. Currently the entire program is in a BETA process and will be open for the general self-pub public in early 2013. Check out full details via their website HERE.
Michael Kozlowski has written about audiobooks and e-readers for the past twelve years. Newspapers and websites such as the CBC, CNET, Engadget, Huffington Post and the New York Times have picked up his articles. He Lives in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.