comiXology, the premiere digital platform for comics distribution, has announced a partnership that brings one of the biggest publishers to the fold: Dark Horse Comics.
The home of such iconic titles as Hellboy, Frank Miller’s Sin City, Grendel and The Strain, Dark Horse has long been the third of the ‘Big Three’ comics publishers (along with Marvel and DC Comics) and this is a big step in bringing their books to a new and more technologically-minded audience.
The full back catalogue of Dark Horse graphic novels and manga is now available on the app as of right now, along with the news that future books will be available for download on the same day as their print counterparts.
President and Publisher of Dark Horse Comics, Mike Richardson, gave a statement that reminded everyone that, while comiXology isn’t the first platform they’ve published on, DHC were determined that their books were presented in pristine fashion by the platform.
“We are very excited to announce that we have reached an agreement which brings the Dark Horse catalogue found in the Kindle Store to the comiXology platform,” Richardson remarked. “For the first time, hundreds of Dark Horse graphic novels will be available to comiXology’s devoted readers. The technology is stellar and we are pleased that our books will be showcased flawlessly.”
comiXology co-founder and CEO David Steinberger was more reminiscent about the partnership, gushing about the wealth of content that the deal will bring to their readers. “I’ve been a fan of Dark Horse since I was a kid – and have continued to be so throughout their rich history – so this is an important addition to comiXology not only for me personally, but for our customers. comiXology fans have requested Dark Horse from day one and now they’ll get their wish by being able to read titles like Hellboy, Sin City, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Avatar: The Last Airbender and The Goon right now on comiXology, in terrific HD and in Guided View!”
It is a formidable list that Dark Horse brings to the table with over eight hundred titles available on comiXology on this first day of launch, including:
- Astro Boy
- Avatar: The Last Airbender
- Buffy the Vampire Slayer
- Fear Agent
- Frank Miller’s Sin City
- MIND MGMT
- Usagi Yojimbo
- The Strain
- Umbrella Academy
- Lone Wolf and Cub
The full listing is available for a more thorough look-through on the comiXology website, while the app is ‘available on all major mobile platforms’. Except for Apple Watch, of course. Because that would be silly.
Thoughts? Any of these titles convince you to whip out the iPad and read on-screen. Comments below, please.