Media Release — For the first time, a comic book publisher will be offering a free digital preview of its soon-to-be-released graphic novel through the Comics by comiXology app for iPhone and iPod touch devices. AdHouse Books will be pre-releasing the first “issue” of FCHS, a comic book series described as “Archie meets 90210,” through the Comics by comiXology app during the Diamond pre-ordering period, and the Diamond pre-order number will be prominent in the app. Comics by comiXology’s retailer locator will enable customers to contact local retailers from within the app itself to order the comic.
“We enjoy our close relationships with indie publishers, and believe our Comics by comiXology app is the ideal way for them to increase the exposure to their titles that may otherwise not receive the attention they deserve, while increasing sales of the print editions once they become available,” said David Steinberger, CEO of Iconology, creator of the Comics by comiXology app.
FCHS is available today for Comics by comiXology, while the print edition will hit retail stores in November.
“I’m very excited for this opportunity,” said FCHS co-creator, Vito Delsante. “A lot of folks didn’t get to see the Free Comic Book Day comic, and this is a perfect opportunity for those folks to not only read that, but 12 extra pages from the first chapter!”
“I welcome the opportunity to work with Comixology in a new way to spread the advance word about our upcoming Fall release of FCHS,” says Chris Pitzer, publisher of AdHouse Books. “I think it is a win for everyone involved from the creators, to the publisher, to the distributor, to the retailer and ultimately, to the comic reader.”
The Comics by comiXology App is available, including over 30 free comics, for $0.99 from the App Store. Retailers can pre-order FCHS via Diamond Order Code: SEP09 0568
About Iconology, Inc.
Since 2007, Iconology, Inc. has been working to expose more people to the world of comics through comiXology.com and related applications. comiXology.com, comic book retailer tools, iPhone and Blackberry apps and digital comics are all connected through the comiXology platform. For more information, visit www.iconology.com.