Comixology’s third annual holiday giveaway is on!

Credits: DC Comics
Credits: DC Comics

Comixology’s third annual holiday giveaway is on!

It’s a digital based 3-years tradition rooted to the classic annual holiday season. Comixology has begun resuming its 12 Days of Free Comics. The third annual giveaway is ongoing from Dec. 11 up to Dec. 22.

Each day a comic book is offered for free from the digital comics distributor.

“It’s been an outstanding year for us at comiXology, and we want every comic fan to help us celebrate with our Third Annual 12 Days of Free Comics,” said comiXology co-founder and CEO David Steinberger. “It’s you, the comics fan, that push us every day to create an even brighter future for comics, graphic novels, and manga worldwide. These comics are for you!

Comixology’s Third Annual 12 Days of Free Comics speaks for itself standing apart from the longer lasting known traditional song that features Geese-a-laying. Really, though, how many 12 Drummers Drumming videos can you watch every year anyways?

The 12 Days of Free Comics has its here and now on comiXology’s publishing site.

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Kung Fu Skratch series kicks it to the next level

Credits: Aidan Engmann
Credits: Aidan Engmann

Kung Fu Skratch series kicks it to the next level

Do you have an itch to check out some great hip-hop infused Manga? In a market saturated with many Manga titles boasting a vast and deep library, it is often challenging to find something that is accessible and provides a story that readers can jump right into. Well, you are in luck if you decide to pick up Kung Fu Skratch #1, as this one- two punch is just what the Dojo master ordered. This is the first title released by series creator Adrian Engmann and showcases some truly great talent in the form of the production team (Erwin Prasetya: Co-Artist (Pages 1-21), Variant Cover, Dong “Don” Zhang: Co-Artist (Pages 22-24), Steve Mack: Variant Cover, Andres Blanco: Issue 1 Cover and Layout (Pages 5-13) , Andrew Poole: Colors for Issue 1 Cover, Frank Cvetkovic: Letterer, Andeh Pinkard: Logo and Design) Kung Fu Skratch embodies one of the best examples of what pop cultural diversity in comics can create as it takes elements of the hip-hop culture and infuses the art form of Manga to achieve a story that rings with familiar touchstones that make it both comfortable and fun to read. The series tells the story of Jason Stonewall, a teenage martial artist who has returned to the United States after training in the East for a year. Back in his hometown of Brickhaven, Jason’s about to start his first freshman day of high school, but is unfortunate enough to cross paths with the school’s reigning tyrant, Fa’Sho! and his gang of flunkies Sho’Gunns. Forced to use his martial art form, the battle threatens to open a can of worms that extend well beyond the initial confrontation. Visually, the book boast incredible line work, rich deep inks that make this black and white presentation pop, and bold action that manages to capture the fun and dynamic energy of a Kung Fu film. Stylistically, the presentation possesses many of the signature markers that many associate with Manga (visual gags, character design, action sequences) and is a fitting tribute to the style of storytelling that the creators very obviously love. Much like the main character in the 80’s classic movie The Last Dragon, Mr. Engman and his team’s efforts have infused this title with “The Glow” and is a must for those looking for something fresh and new to add to their pull list. With issue #1currently available in digital format on Comixology, the gifted crew is hard at work putting plans together to bring readers the much anticipated second issue with a Kickstarter campaign. If issue #1 and early peeks at issue #2 are any indication, Mr. Engman and crew plan on maintaining a standard of excellence that can only help this title to become a fan favorite. Check it out, it’s a read that’s well worth it!

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CEO David Steinberger wants to conclude issue on Apple ban and SAGA

Credits: Image Comics
Credits: Image Comics

CEO David Steinberger wants to conclude issue on Apple ban and SAGA

A turn around in the entire SAGA affair just won’t allow the dust to settle, let alone the pinnacle to peak.

After a nearly 24-hour period, the news that Apple put a ban on the newest SAGA issue has a wholly different forward due to the upfront enlightenment by comiXology.

ComiXology’s CEO David Steinberger clarifies by a post on the digital comics provider’s blog that it wasn’t Apple instigating a ban, on top of foremost the removal of issue 12 for depictions of gay sex.

In the last 24 hours there has been a lot of chatter about Apple banning Saga #12 from our Comics App on the Apple App Store due to depictions of gay sex. This is simply not true, and we’d like to clarify.

As a partner of Apple, we have an obligation to respect its policies for apps and the books offered in apps. Based on our understanding of those policies, we believed that Saga #12 could not be made available in our app, and so we did not release it today.

Between yesterday and this afternoon, comic book enthusiasts and professionals alike shared their reactions on social media, blogs and trade sites over the aforementioned bombshell that was the SAGA ban. Since this was the first removal of the Image Comics series despite past explicit sexuality within the storyline, the factor seemed to gather notoriety that the singular censorship was due to the gay content. A matter that instantly seemed to get caught up in the social torrent that has current news headlines as a much viewed barometer for political climes to come.

Under Steinberger’s titled “Concluding the SAGA #12 saga”, he goes on to cite that despite the outcry over any supposed affront on homosexuality, that “We did not interpret the content in question as involving any particular sexual orientation, and frankly that would have been a completely irrelevant consideration under any circumstance.”

Reactions to the news tinges on the apologetic, and still adds increasing commentaries on comics art.

Steinberger’s post also confirms that no. 12 of SAGA is back for availability on Apple’s iOS products.

Sex and fiction enters an entirely new spectrum on the national conversation, but it could be said by all it would be difficult to foresee comic books extrapolating the household forefronts to quite the overview.

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