It was bound to happen. Before today, the only manga publisher on leading digital comic distributor ComiXology was Digital Manga, with its yaoi. (So many tortured faces staring at the reader!) Oh, and Archie was pushing its manga take on Sabrina the Teenage Witch from a few years back.
Now, the best-known American manga publisher, Viz, has joined ComiXology. Viz has made over 500 volumes of manga available on the service. Titles include the immensely popular Naruto, Bleach, One Piece, Death Note, Dragon Ball, and my favorites Nana, Hikaru no Go, and Bakuman.
The titles are presented in “Manga Fixed Format”, which means you can’t use ComiXology’s proprietary Guided View, allowing automatic zoom-in on a panel. It’s a full-page reading format — which likely makes it easier to upload books, without any additional coding needed. Prices appear to be $6.99 a volume, which matches what’s offered at Viz’s own digital store. (They have a lot more titles available there, which may indicate more coming to ComiXology, or that only certain books are expected to be of interest to their digital comic audience.)Similar Posts: Digital Exclusivity Returns, With Marvel Singles Exclusive to Comixology § Fantagraphics Goes Digital With ComiXology — All Major Pubs Now Available § Amazon Buys ComiXology § ComiXology Announces Authoring Beta to Increase Digital Comic Diversity § Viz Announces SuBLime Yaoi Manga Line