- Posted by Johanna on July 26, 2011 at 2:17 pm
- Category: Digital and Webcomics
Last week, Top Shelf announced that they would be making part of their catalog available digitally through Comics+ by iVerse Media. Supposedly, 70-some “digital graphic novels” were made available for iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch at that time.
However, when I visit the Comics+ site with the link above, I can’t find any Top Shelf titles listed. I expected to see them in the New Releases list, but a search doesn’t turn any up either. Maybe the website lags behind the app updates, which I haven’t been able to check.
Why iVerse? Perhaps because they’re the Diamond Digital vendor, and Top Shelf was previously listed as participating in that online comic project. iVerse’s other publishers include Archie, Boom!, Dynamite, IDW, Top Cow, and Marvel.
Prices will range from 99 cents to $14.99, likely depending on the length of the work. From the press release:
The first wave of titles includes work from top-selling and award-winning creators such as Andy Runton, Robert Venditti, Nate Powell, Jeff Lemire, Jeffrey Brown, James Kochalka, Renee French, Alex Robinson, Matt Kindt, and many more. The launch titles from Top Shelf include such hits as Owly, The Homeland Directive, Any Empire, Swallow Me Whole, Essex County, Incredible Change-Bots, Johnny Boo, and Too Cool to Be Forgotten.
Per this interview with Chris Ross, Top Shelf’s director of digital publishing, this is only the first vendor they will be working with over the next few months. Their plans are ambitious! They aim to have everything possible available digitally by the end of the summer, including backlist and out of print material, with same-day digital releases going forward on future titles. Top Shelf also plans to release their own branded apps, one of which will be for kids.