ComiXology has announced a new service called comiXology Submit which could be a real game-changer when it comes to comic book publishing.
The service is built mainly for independent comic book and graphic novel creators. It will allow them to upload their works for free, and, if approved, comiXology will then take over, prepare it, and make it available to the masses so that your work can be seen by many and you can make a profit.
After your comic or graphic novel is approved, comiXology will transform it using their Guided View reading technology—which turns reading comics into an immersive, cinematic experience—and also make it available on their buy once, read anywhere digital platform, which includes an iTunes top ten grossing iPad app, iPhone, Android, Kindle Fire, Windows 8 apps, and their own web store/reader at comiXology.com.
You will keep full ownership of your work, and the profits made will be split equally between yourself and comiXology.
Co-founder and CEO David Steinberger had this to say about the announcement:
“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. The next generation of creators will reap great benefit alongside more well known creators selling books that are no longer available in print.”
Shannon Wheeler, creator of the comic Too Much Coffee Man and cartoonist for The New Yorker, also spoke about the announcement, saying:
“ComiXology Submit opens it up for independent comic books artists, creating the chance to digitally publish comics that one can sell everywhere. When I created ‘Too Much Coffee Man’ 20 years ago in Austin, I spent many late nights making the stupid comics. Then I spent long days bugging shop owners to sell my stuff. Then I spent minutes losing the invoices, ensuring I never got paid. With comiXology Submit, I could have spent all that time creating my comics and I’d have gotten paid twice as often too.”
Speaking of Wheeler and Too Much Coffee Man, some original comics were created that focus on how comiXology Submit works. You can check those out right here.
More details will be shared this Saturday at 5:45 CST at SXSW Interactive, but the service is open right now.
If you’re looking to submit your work, you can head here. And if you’re more interested in finding original content by independent creators that’s now available you can check out this link.