- Posted by Johanna on May 22, 2011 at 10:54 am
- Category: Digital and Webcomics
Last August, Archaia Entertainment announced that Graphic.ly would be the exclusive digital provider of their comics. Now, they’ve reversed themselves, partnering with Comixology for the digital release of Days Missing.
Days Missing is “published in association with Roddenberry Productions”, and each of the five issues so far have had a different creative team, so it seems to me this is a high-concept, intended-to-be-a-movie pitch. (The sequel volume, Days Missing: Kestus, is a bit more focused, with only the one creative team of Phil Hester and David Marquez. It’s due in July.) The premise is described as:
Since the dawn of time, a being has existed whose interaction and interference with mankind has shaped human development. His powers of time and intellect have allowed him to secretly remove certain critical days from the historical record…. Their existence is not remembered. But the occurrences of these days have forever changed the course of humanity’s evolution. These are the DAYS MISSING from our existence, and they are about to be revealed.
Right now the first issue is available to read for free at Comixology, while most all of the publisher’s comics are still available at Graphic.ly. As for what this means for the idea of digital exclusivity, it’s too small a sample set. I suspect that if Archaia had gone exclusive with Comixology, they might not have been as eager to drop it, since Comixology has firmly established itself as the major player in the field. As Archaia CEO P.J. Bickett is quoted, “When it comes to digital distribution, comiXology ranks among the elite. I have witnessed firsthand the extraordinary impact comiXology has had on how the entire industry views digital, especially with the largest brands. Archaia is excited to be in such great company.” More Archaia titles are promised to be added to Comixology in “upcoming months”.