When Heroic Publishing first began sending me solicitations about its titles availability on WOWIO, I was pretty excited.Â A free (or nearly free) digital comics distribution system that paid creators because of internal ads/sponsorships is a pretty great idea.Â I was able to access new content, or in the case of some of my favorite Clockwork Storybook folk (Bill Willingham, Matthew Sturges, Mark Finn, Chris Roberson) get stuff that is out of print circulation. When it was announced Platinum Studios was buying WOWIO and “retooling” the entire system, I was a bit hesitant after the debacle with DJ CoffmanÂ (search
WOWIO relaunched yesterday under its new owner Platinum Studios, and the first thing I’ve noticed is the free sponsored downloads appear to be a thing of the past.Â While you can read the issues online for free, you need to be connected to the Interweb in order to get that freebie.Â If you want to download for offline reading later, the prices seem to fluctuate based on the title being offered. That’s a real bummer. On the plus side, when you are reading the individual pages, you can save and download the images.Â You’ll have to do some renaming, but
I’ve been fairly pleased with the offerings WOWIO has been giving away for free (internal ad support) from its website.Â A few weeks ago it was announced Platinum Studios purchased the company and plans on taking it global.Â That relaunch is in two days.Â Considering Platinum has been under fire by nearly everyone – including former Platinum Fanboy D.J. Coffman, I’m wondering if this relaunch is going to tank or if anyone will see any difference? Thoughts?
Platinum Studios, Inc. (OTCBB:PDOS), an entertainment company that controls an international library of more than 5,600 comic book characters which it adapts, produces and licenses for all forms of media, today announced that it is in negotiations to acquire WOWIO, LLC, a leading online source for downloading digital books and comics. This acquisition would continue the expansion of Platinum Studios’ global digital media distribution strategy.
In the second issue of Liberty Comics, Heroic Publishing tells the tale of the Menace of the Leopard God. The tale is set in 1947 and features the battle between Tigress and the Golden Warrior. LIBERTY COMICS #2 also features Chapter One of “The Origin of Giant,” a twelve-page adventure by Dennis Mallonee and Chris Marrinan, plus a bonus three-page Liberty Girl featurette by Nat Gertler and Rusty Haller. This issue also sees Mark Beachum jumping on board to contribute, and is the first of several projects he is working on with Heroic, including several adventures of Flare, and Fantastic
Heroic Publishing let Major Spoilers know that its latest issue of Flare (#37) is now available for a free download at Wowio.com. FLARE #37 features the new twenty-page Flare adventure, “The Secrets of Lady Arcane,” written by Dennis Mallonee, with artwork by Dick Giordano and Mark Beachum. This story featuring a guest appearance by Doctor Arcane, and sets the stage for next year’s long-awaited return of Lady Arcane by revealing for the first time how Lady A and Flare first met. This issue also features an all-new seven-page story, “A Tale of Malice,” by Wilson Hill and Franco Urru, starring
Heroic Publishing let Major Spoilers know the latest issues of Champions is available now at WOWIO.com. CHAMPIONS #41 features Part One of the origin story, “The Birth of Raven Gold.” CHAMPIONS #42 features Part Two of the origin story, “The Making of Raven Gold.” Both chapters are by writer Wilson Hill, with artwork by J. Adam Walters and Daniel Lauer, and feature guest appearances by Flare, Lady Arcane, the League of Champions, and the fabulous Flying Fox. CHAMPIONS #42 also includes two Flare Sunday pages by Dennis Mallonee and Gordon Purcell, plus the all-new adventure, “Foxbrats,” by Dennis Mallonee, Ciro
Heroic Publishing has announced the latest issue of Champions is available now for free from WOWIO.com. CHAMPIONS #41 features three complete adventures! First, ICESTAR is featured in the classic adventure, “On Ice,” by David Berge and Jim Valentino. Then Icestar’s kid sister, ICICLE, has a “Confrontation with the Huntsman,” by Dennis Mallonee and Lou Manna. Finally, in an all-new tale, “The Birth of Raven Gold” features the unexpected origin of the world’s greatest little sneak thief, with guest appearances by FLARE and the FLYING FOX. If you aren’t into the electronic version of comics, Heroic Publishing did tell Major Spoilers
Nearly every title in Heroic Publishing’s line is available on the free download service wowio.com (the free downloads are supported by internal ads). The latest release features the Tigress in Champions #40. CHAMPIONS #40 includes three complete adventures. First, the all-new TIGRESS crosses paths with Flare’s friendliest enemy, the winsome WHIPPERETTE, in an all-new adventure by Wilson Hill and Dick Giordano. Long-time Flare-fans take note: The villain of this piece is none other than ERIK SCHADEL, the sinister sorcerer who wields the power of DEMON, the man who just might be Flare’s father. Then, for the first time in color,