Media Release — Graphic.ly, the digital media platform for comic books and communities, announces a new application for Windows 7 devices, as well as improvements to its online comics store that will make it easier for people to start and participate in conversations about new and popular titles. The Windows 7 app is optimized for touch interfaces to take advantage the upcoming Windows-based tablets.
Graphic.ly becomes the first of a new breed of comic apps that is available on Windows 7 devices, following its launch of a desktop AIR and iPhone application. The company plans to launch apps for mobile platforms, such as the iPad, Android and Windows Phone 7, and a web application throughout the year. In addition, the store will get new features and a layout that will highlight fresh and popular titles in the comics store, as well as friend-recommended titles for people to share and discover new content.
“This is the year that will change comics forever, extending the experience of welcoming and acceptance of the comic book store into the digital marketplace where they’ll be exposed to the largest audience ever,” said Micah Baldwin, CEO of Graphic.ly. “To maximize that audience, we’re going to lead the charge to bring the digital media store to every platform and device. Today we’re proud to be the first on Windows 7 and there will be more to come.”
Graphic.ly offers comic titles from the largest comics publishers, including Archaia, Arcana, Archie, BOOM! Studios, IDW Publishing, and TopCow. Hundreds of independent publishers also offer titles for sale in the Graphic.ly online store. Today, more than 600 titles are available for prices ranging from free to $1.99 in the Graphic.ly store.
It is the Graphic.ly community, however, that sets it apart in the new digital comics category. Graphic.ly is set up to encourage users to follow other readers, comment directly on pages and panels, and become friends with other Graphic.ly users. The homepage is a stream of comics-related activities to help users discover new comics. Additionally, the latest in comic reviews, releases and news is available to the entire community at Grapic.ly.
The new store layout and functionality is focused on discovery through friend recommendations and algorithmic suggestions. In addition, feature content and top sellers are presented in an easy to consume manner.
Graphic.ly is a cutting-edge digital content delivery system and community platform for the publishing world. Graphic.ly’s first product focuses on comic publishers, creators and enthusiasts, and provides an immersive social experience and marketplace around digital comics and associated merchandise. The company is looking to expand its community and content platform a