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  1. The Mary Sue Exclusive: Comixology’s Recent Marvel Sale Boasted 7 Out of 10 Female-Led Titles in the Top 10

    Last month, digital comics retailer Comixology did a buy one, get one free sale for any and all Marvel titles. Who made the top 10? Hint: it wasn't Wolverine.

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  2. Things We Saw Today: The Final She-Hulk Cover Is Bad-Ass Perfection

    So bittersweet.

    Series writer Charles Soule says of She-Hulk ending, "Lots of people are sharing She-Hulk with their young daughters, for example, which makes me incredibly happy. I dunno—we made something we're all very proud of, it connected with people and it's not like it will all disappear once issue #12 hits the stands. The stories will still be here."

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  3. Here are the Geeky Cyber Monday Deals You Should Look Out For Today

    Cash rules everything around us.

    Too busy shopping for your loved ones in the meatspace to make it online for Black Friday? It's okay, the Internet understands—in fact, it's got a brand new set of Cyber Monday deals for you to take advantage of this year instead. You're welcome.

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  4. All The Best Places To Read Manga That Aren’t Actually In Japan

    I’ll Make a Man(ga Reader) Out of You

    Like anime, the manga landscape has changed pretty significantly in the last decade. There are still tons of licensed titles out there from a variety of publishers, but they’re a bit more scattered than they used to be. So I’ve done my utmost to collect the best places for titles old and new in one nice, neat resource guide.

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  5. To Celebrate National Comic Book Day, Comixology Wants To Give You #1 of Lumberjanes For Free

    Not to be confused with Free Comic Book Day. That's different.

    Now you officially have no excuse not to start reading Lumberjanes, Princess UggStumptown, Southern Bastards, or any of the 26 titles that digital comics distributor Comixology mixology is offering for free today in honor of National Comic Book Day. All you have to do is enter the code "Comics" when you check out, and you won't have to pay a single cent. We're pretty intrigued by the cover of The Life After—anything else catching your eye, readers?

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  6. Comixology Announces DRM Free Digital Comics Downloads: You Can Really Own Your Comics Now

    Time to buy a new external hard drive.

    I love digital comics for what they do for my ability to read back issues, try out new series, and get caught up on old. But there's always that little consumer worry in the back of my head: what I'm trading for this convenience is that technically I'm renting those comics, not buying them. No more, says Comixology. Kinda.

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  7. Happy Batman Day, and Happy 75th Anniversary to the Caped Crusader!

    Long may he whispergrowl in our hearts!

    The Dark Knight turns seventy-five this year (just about how old he is in Batman Beyond), and DC's planned a lovely celebration, including the most important part of any birthday party: goodie bags for everyone!

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  8. Newly Amazon-Acquired Comixology Eliminates Store from iOS Apps, Surprising No One


    When it was announced that Amazon had acquired digital comics retailer Comixology, we knew there would probably be some changes coming down the pipe, and the first have arrived. They finally updated the front page of! Just kidding, I'm pretty sure I'm the only one who's excited about that. What really happened was that they released a new version of their iOS app that removes the ability to make in-app purchases of comics.

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  9. Young Women Are The Fastest Growing Demographic According To New Comics Retailer Survey


    "While many stores report that their children’s comics sections continue to grow, the demographic that seems to be growing the fastest is young women, aged 17–33. Image titles like The Walking Dead, Saga, and Pretty Deadly have gotten their attention, but Wayne Wise reports that at Phantom of the Attic there are "a lot of young women who are really invested in Marvel and DC titles, as well as the Indies. New titles aimed at this group are an important part of this. Books like Captain Marvel, Ms. Marvel, and Young Avengers have been particularly successful.' Data from a reader survey by digital comics vendor Comixology supports what retailers are seeing. Chip Mosher, Comixology’s v-p, communications and marketing, confirmed that 20% of its new customers in the third quarter of 2013 were females ages 17–26." - Shannon O’Leary writing for Publishers Weekly on findings in a recent comics retailer survey. Previously in Women and Comics

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  10. Things We Saw Today: Marion Cotillard & Michael Fassbender In Macbeth

    Things We Saw Today

    Our first look at a new version of Macbeth we previously told you about, starring Marion Cotillard and Michael Fassbender as "The Macbeths!" (via

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  11. 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 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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  12. Things We Saw Today: Star Wars Triptych Poster Set

    Things We Saw Today

    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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  13. Things We Saw Today: A Wine-o-Saur

    Things We Saw Today

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

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

    Pros and Cons

    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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  16. ComiXology Pulls Even More Comics From Their iOS App to Appease Their Apple Overlords

    In a related story, we have always been at war with Oceania.

    Not more than a month after comiXology faced criticism for preemptively removing a installment of the critically acclaimed series Saga from their iOS app to comply with Apple App Store policies, they've now rejected 56 other titles, including a few that were revisited and approved last month. To put it lightly, this bums us out real bad.

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  17. Things We Saw Today: A Belated Lois Lane Birthday Cake

    Things We Saw Today

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

    Don't Panic

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

    Today in things that make us scream incoherently

    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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  20. DeviantArt Teams With Madefire for User-Created Digital Publishing

    Digital comics are great, but largely they're just stagnant images of pages of a print book. Not that there's anything wrong with traditional comics, but there's just more potential with digital formatting. To help artists harness that potential Madefire has created a Motion Book Tool to bring sequential art to life, and DeviantArt just teamed up with them to let its users create vibrate motion comics.

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