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Comixology

and let it be known

BREAKING: Amazon Acquires Digital Comics Retailer, Comixology

Comixology co-founder and CEO, David Steinberger has just posted a message on the site revealing their acquisition of the digital comic site by Amazon.com. He wrote, “We have long had the goal of making every person on the planet a comics fan. With Amazon’s help, this crazy goal is more possible than ever before. With the Kindle, Amazon has shown a passion for reinventing the reading experience, just like comiXology has shown for comics and graphic novels.”

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Things We Saw Today

Things We Saw Today: Star Wars Triptych Poster Set

These fantastic Star Wars posters are for sale ONLY this weekend – sale ends at midnight tomorrow.  Buy, buy like the wind! (via Collider)

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Things We Saw Today

Things We Saw Today: A Wine-o-Saur

Alternatively, a dino wino. (For sale at Uncommon Goods, via That’s Nerdalicious)

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Supergirly

Comixology’s Rapidly Growing Female Demographic Sounds Familiar

She’s 17-26 years old, college-educated, lives in the suburbs, and is new to comics. She prefers Tumblr to Reddit. She may have never even picked up a print comic.Techhive, on the female demographic average of Comixology, the largest digital comics retailer.

I’m guessing that Comixology’s female userbase (which has more than quadrupled since the site’s launch) shares a lot of demographic similarities to a majority of our readers as well. Then again, we haven’t done a reader survey since 2011… gotta get on that.

And, it goes without saying, if you’re new to comics and reading this, ask for recommendations in the comments! If you aren’t new to comics, post your faves.

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Pros and Cons

NYCC’s Gonna Track Us All With New RFID Equipped Badges

Okay, so it may not be the big deal that San Diego Comic Con is, but The Mary Sue’s biggest hometown con, New York Comic Con, has a special place in our hearts. It’s also approaching with a speed that has caused only a few moments of panic so far (stay tuned in the next few weeks for info on our meetup and our panel), and with an approaching con comes the shipping of badges. NYCC has a new trick up its sleeve to combat both overcrowding and counterfeit or scalped badges (notorious problems for the event): RFID tags. They’re also planning on using the badges to monitor traffic flow. In other words, if having your location within the Javits Center tracked creeps you out, you might want to read the instructions that come with your badge very carefully.

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Things We Saw Today

Things We Saw Today: A Belated Lois Lane Birthday Cake

Our 2nd birthday was at the end of February but WHO CARES Ant at Nerdache Cakes dedicated this Lois Lane cake to us. It’s a good thing we only have pictures so we don’t have to feel conflicted about destroying its aesthetic appeal in order to devour it. She’s got lots more pictures of it at her Tumblr.

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Don't Panic

Comixology Speaks on Saga #12 Ban: It’s on Us, Not Apple

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.

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. – Comixology, in a statement about the removal of issue #12 of Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staple‘s Saga from the Comixology store for iOS devices.

Yesterday a lot of the comics world got up in arms to defend this week’s issue of Saga from what even the book’s creators thought was censorship from the folks who run Apple’s online content marketplace. Since Saga is already a comic with lots of lovingly depicted violence and sex (and wonderful characters, humor, and themes like love, war, and parenting), this seemed even stranger. The only new thing in this issue appeared to be that there were a couple tiny depictions of graphic sexual acts performed by men with men. Comixology does not elaborate more on why they felt Saga #12′s content went over what they thought Apple’s line was, and I wish they would, simply to emphasize their statement that sexual orientation had nothing to do it. I’m also glad they end with an apology: as a retailer it’s Comixology’s responsibility to communicate to creators about why their books won’t be appearing for sale where they usually do before any misconceptions can be made. Comixology has word from Apple today that Saga #12 does not violate guidlines, and says the issue will be up for purchase through iOS devices soon.

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Today in things that make us scream incoherently

Updated: Apple Bans Saga #12 From the App Store for Two Tiny Images of Gay Sex

Digital is a fast growing distribution method for comics, and an essential one for folks who don’t live a convenient distance from any of a shrinking number of independent comic shops. So when Apple bans a comic from the app store, that means that anyone who regularly gets their comics through an App store app, like that of Comixology (the most popular and in some cases only distributor of digital comics from DC, Marvel, Image, Dark Horse, and other American comic companies), will be unable to see it on their iOS devices, even if the rest of the app and the rest of the issues in that series are still available.

The Hugo Award nominated, mature readers series Saga, for example, has been banned from the Apple store for two teeny, tiny images of sex that involves two dudes, and the more I think about it, the less sense it makes so I’m just going to make a list.

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Things We Saw Today

Things We Saw Today: A TARDIS Bookcase

This TARDIS bookcase plays the Doctor Who theme song when you open the doors. I think I’m in love. Tumblr user bowtiesandginghamshirts has even posted a tutorial on how to make your very own. (via Nerd Approved)

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Things We Saw Today

Things We Saw Today: Little The Princess Bride

By Patrick Ballesteros, the artist who brought you Little Firefly, here’s a kiddie version of The Princess Bride. (io9)

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