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comiXology Launches New Tool, Opens Door For Independent Creators

Soon we will all get an even wider variety of comics through comiXology.

comiXology has been working to become the leading digital comics distributor for the iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch and the web. Today they have announced that comic publishers and creators will be able to prepare their comics for comiXology's patent-pending   Guided View™ technology that allows the full screen or panel-to-panel experience of reading comics digitally in a private, invitation-only Alpha program. Th  Guided View™ Authoring Tools program will help level the playing field for independent creators and publishers, giving them an equal chance for visibility in the digital marketplace. 
 
I'll admit, there has been several times I've tried finding a new release from a smaller publisher at one of my local comic shops only to have arrived too late. With the abundance of titles from the major publishers, stores are sometimes forced to be more selective when placing orders for the smaller, independent titles. With access to distributing books through comiXology, this could reduce the problem of missing out on certain titles. 
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David Steinberger, CEO of comiXology made the following statment: 

Creating opportunities for all publishers and independent creators is a major focus for us. The Guided View Authoring Tools program benefits creators and publishers who either are unknown, have limited print distribution through Diamond or have an older property that won't get the shelf space it deserves. We created these tools for ourselves — they are the actual tools we use at comiXology when creating Guided View — and realized the great opportunity for anyone to use them. The tools will give publishers and creators an equal opportunity for visibility, while creating more diverse content for our community to enjoy week after week. 

The private Alpha phase recently launched with TOKYOPOPDevil's DueArcana Comics and Scott Admunson, creator of Barbarian. Once the Alpha phase is complete, comiXology will open more spots for a limited Beta testing of the tools to more creators. The final product will be part of a comprehensive online system that will allow seamless submission for digital publishing for all comic book creators and publishers in an iTunes-like model. Creators and and publishers can sign up for a Beta spot at  http://www.comixology.com/self_authoring_signup/.
 
What are your thoughts on this  move to allow all creators the opportunity to have their comics available digitally? Have you ever missed out on independent titles because your local comic shop ordered limited amounts?    
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Posted by NightFang

Cool.

Posted by Eyz

Woow! Nice^^

Posted by savri

great stuff!!

Posted by Illyana Rasputin

Splendid!

Posted by damswedon

Hopefully with some more indie guys we will get more interesting uses of the platform.

Posted by Emperor Gonzo Noir

Good news

Posted by turoksonofstone

Interesting stuff.