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Monday, November 14, 2011

Top Shelf Embraces Digital

Posted by Erik Henriksen on Mon, Nov 14, 2011 at 11:44 AM

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  • From League of Extraordinary Gentlemen: Century: 1969

Portland- and Atlanta-based publisher Top Shelf's offered a few digital comics in the past, but with their new iOS app powered by Comixology (a company that, considering it also run the apps for Marvel and DC, is quickly becoming a sort of digital Diamond), they're finally offering a robust chunk of their comics digitally.

As with most digital comics, the prices seem way too high to me—if I'm dropping $15 on From Hell or Essex County, then I'm gonna track down a decent used hard copy—but there are a few solid deals, like League of Extraordinary Gentlemen: Century: 1910 for $2 (and Century: 1969 for $5) and Gingerbread Girl, by Portlanders Paul Tobin and Colleen Coover, for $9.

The app for iDevices is here, and Top Shelf also notes they're going to get you everywhere else, too, with selected books "now available through Comixology, Graphicly, Comics+ by iVerse, Apple iBooks, and Google Books. More titles will continue to roll out on every platform in the days to come, including the Nook and Kindle Fire devices, as well as the Diamond Digital program which partners with comic shops."

So who else are we waiting on to go digital? At this point, the only big comics publisher I'm wishing had more of a digital presence is another local one, Oni Press, which has some offerings on Comixology, but nothing current. I'd guess, though, that within a year or so, we'll see just about everyone offering their comics digitally at the same time they're available in comic shops.

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