Madefire publishes and distributes digital comics with an emphasis on their Motion Book technology. They'be just announced a deal with DC Comics for a major expansion of the service, bringing tens of thousands of back-catalogue DC comic books to the platform as well as agreeing that regularly updated new titles from DC will appear. And that, as a result, by 2018, Madefire will host over 80,000 titles as part of its library.
And Madefire is kicking off by including Dark Nights: Metal #1 and all other DC Comics launching this week. From their press release,
"As a leader and innovator in the digital comics space Madefire has been a great partner to DC and I'm pleased this expansion will bring our extensive line-up to an even broader audience," stated DC Entertainment Publisher Jim Lee. "Now, for the first time, exciting DC titles like DARK NIGHTS: METAL will be available to Windows, Apple TV, and Android TV digital readers – all via the Madefire App."
Though for ComiXology, DC Comics App or Amazon Kindle it looks like business as usual. None of these titles seem to have motion comics aspects to them. Also from their press release,
"DC is a world leader in comic book entertainment and we're incredibly excited to bring their legendary catalogue of titles to our platform," said Madefire CEO and Motion Book creator, Ben Wolstenholme. "Providing a single digital destination for the entire DC experience is one thing, but we believe our five-star rated, multi-award winning platform will deliver a digital experience that does justice to the DC brand. Madefire is renowned for putting the reader first, never drawing our customers away from their content and providing a notably superior experience to other digital services."
One thing it does do, however, is broaden the field. And makes DC Comics less reliant on ComiXology, who also developed their App, and are owned by Amazon. Expect some more interesting moves as ComiXology contracts come up for renewal and publishers start looking for wiggle room. And as they state,
Any purchase made on an individual Madefire account is available to view at no extra cost through Madefire's cross-platform technology, available on iOS, Android™, Windows, as well as Apple® TV and Android® TV.
For those who want to read comics on their televisions, it's a killer app. Oh and like the DC Comics app, but unlike ComiXology, it allows in-app purchases.
The full catalogue of DC titles begins to arrive on the Madefire platform today, adding to the already impressive 30,000 comics, graphic novels and Motion Books published by the best creators and publishers in the industry, including: Archie®, IDW®, Boom®!, Dynamite®, Titan®, Valiant®, and more.
And with that, I have to stop as I can't take so many ® one after another…