Leading mobile comics app developer, Comixology, has finally opened up the program they teased last fall: Comixology Submit, a new publishing idea that may help independent comics creators find their audience.
Basically, it allows comics creators the ability to submit their comics to the program and potentially be distributed on one of the biggest platforms for digital comics today, right next to the likes of Spiderman, Superman, and other professionally produced books. Users on iOS, Android, Windows 8, and the web can then find and download these indie gems, and creators split the profits down the middle with Comixology.
Besides being distributed right along with the big companies, creators will get to take advantage of Comixology’s fantastic guided-view tech, which lets readers tap through comic books a panel at a time, seeing all the action up close and then again zoomed out for a sense of the entire page art. If Comixology truly provides for some discoverability, this should be a huge boon for independent comics creators, and perhaps even some professional ones to take part and self-publish books that larger publishers aren’t keen on producing.
Comixology promises to “maintain a level of professional content that Comixology users have come to expect from (the) platform,” which does imply some sort of quality assurance in the approval process. It’d be a shame to have to dig through volumes of horrible comics just to find the one or two gems in the system.
“While we continue to push ourselves to innovate the digital comic experience, Comixology Submit provides an incredible opportunity for creators to sell their work to a highly targeted and global audience of comic book and graphic novel fans,” said Comixology co-founder and CEO, David Steinberger, in the press release. “The next generation of creators will reap great benefit alongside more well known creators selling books that are no longer available in print.”
“This is also about making sure we always have the best, most diverse content available, the best reading and buying experience, and at the same time, supporting comic book creators around the globe,” said John D. Roberts, Comixology co-founder, in the same release.
I, for one, am looking forward to seeing what talent starts taking advantage of this new publishing venture, and reading some great comics that for whatever reason, can’t be found in a traditional comics shop or app.