The ComiXology Unlimited Monthly Subscription Plan is Like Netflix for Comics
Here's the press release which was issued earlier today, but be warned - it's a bit lengthy!
ComiXology Unlimited is available today on the comiXology app for Fire Tablet, Android, iOS and on the web at comixology.com. Start your free 30-day trial at comixology.com/unlimited.
"We're in a new golden age of storytelling with more incredible comics, graphic novels and manga than ever before," said comiXology's CEO and Co-Founder David Steinberger. "ComiXology Unlimited is fantastic portal to tons of great comics at a ridiculously great price. Get in there and start exploring."
With comiXology Unlimited it's never been easier for readers to explore the world of comics. The only subscription service to feature books from Image Comics and Dark Horse Comics, comiXology Unlimited also includes great titles from IDW Publishing, BOOM! Studios, Dynamite Entertainment, Kodansha Comics, Oni Press, Valiant Entertainment, Archie Comics, Fantagraphics Books, Humanoids, Action Lab Entertainment, Aspen Comics, Zenescope Entertainment and more. ComiXology Unlimited debuts today in the U.S. and will expand to other regions in the future.
ComiXology Unlimited features include:
• Unlimited reading, on any device: Access thousands of digital comics, graphic novels and manga including best sellers like The Walking Dead, Attack on Titan, Hellboy, Adventure Time, Peanuts, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Lumberjanes, Saga, The Umbrella Academy, Outcast, andTransformers. Enjoy offline reading using the comiXology app on Fire Tablet, Android, iOS, or streaming on the web at comixology.com.
• Exceptional Content: Whether you're into sci-fi or slice-of-life, comiXology Unlimited offers the widest subscription selection of digital comics in the world. With an immense catalog and cinematic Guided View reading experience, the comic you want is always at your fingertips.
• Free one-month trial: Not sure if you're up for binging on comics? Enjoy the first month free and explore our expansive digital library.
"You may have heard of Love and Rockets, Krazy Cat and Ignatz, or Lumberjanes – but had no idea where to start reading or what collection to buy. Now you can simply start reading all these great titles today," said John D. Roberts, comiXology Co-Founder. "ComiXology is changing the game again. First, we ignited digital via our Guided View reading technology. Now, with comiXology Unlimited, everyone can easily explore the expansive world of comics."
This certainly seems like a huge benefit for comics fans, but at the same time, it could be a detriment to some industry professionals. For instance, legendary comic creator Dan Jurgens, probably most well known for his work on the Death of Superman, had this to say about the matter.
Until creators can walk into Target and get as much of whatever they want for only $5.99 a month, Comixology Unlimited is not a good thing.— Dan Jurgens (@thedanjurgens) May 24, 2016
Likewise, Devin Faraci of Birth.Movies.Death commented on the fact that comic creators probably weren't told about the service beforehand.
It seems as though creators of creator-owned books were not told about Comixology subscription service before launch https://t.co/VXebQ9v5ou— devin faraci (@devincf) May 24, 2016
So while it looks like ComiXology's new service may be a really cost effective way for comic fans to get their fix, it may not be the best for industry professionals.
Without doubt, however, the new service is a huge game changer in comics distribution. If it proves popular, could we be seeing a shift to services like this popping up from other major companies? There's a lot of potential for something like ComiXology Unlimited, so if it does well, it's quite possible that it could be revolutionary to how people get and read their comics, similar to how streaming services like Netflix and Amazon Prime have revolutionized the way people watch TV and movies.