British indie comics project Comichaus gets set to launch a comics streaming app, closing in on crowdfunding goal

The British indie monthly anthology Comichaus has launched a Kickstarter to create an App to help “Discover Indie Comics” – and it’s already secured 50 per cent of the backing they need.

Describing is as a “Netflix for comics” that will be streaming only, all revenue generated by subscription fees and adverts will be split 50/50 with the creators/ publishers, based on the amount of times an individual book has been read.

If the Kickstarter for funds is a success – and it has already attracted £2300 of its £4500 goal the team behind it say the App will be ready to the general public in July/August.

Work has already begun on the app and we’re told hundreds of small press creators and publishers are already on board (as well as some of the bigger indies) but if anyone is interested in getting their content onto the app, join the mailing list here, where instructions will be forthcoming.

The app is being developed by Elixel alongside the Comichaus team and integrate it into the Comichaus.com site developed with UC4. Version will be released for iOS, Android Versions: iOS 9, iOS 10.x, Android 4.4 – 7.x and will offer various layouts to view your comics – Portrait Handset, Tablet Portrait, Tablet Landscape

The subscription fee for the app will be £30 a year (Or £3 for 12 Months) but anyone can have a free one month trial to check the app out. There will also be some free comics you can unlock and download without signing up.

Given how hard it is for smaller publishers to gain traction in the digital market place, this looks like an interesting project, and the aims are nothing if not ambitious. ComiXology has of course already launched a subscription service for its US customers, but has yet to roll it out in the UK.

SEQUENTIAL also offers a wide range of indie comics on its IPad and iPhone only app.

Comichaus is nurturing the latest indie creator talent, whilst also having covers for the title commissioned by established legends such as Glenn Fabry, John McCrea, Carlos Ezquerra, Steve Yeowell, Gary Erskine and Tess Fowler – with Boo Cook, Simon Bisley, Brendan McCarthy, Darick Robertson and Mark Buckingham already delivered for future issues

Comichaus.com is a marketplace and database, where indies/small press, retailers and collectors can buy and sell their wares. The site will also be used as a backend for indie creators to submit their digital content to us for the app, and they can also claim profiles and tag themselves in projects they have been involved in.

You can book the Kickstarter here

• More information at www.comichaus.com/comicwww.comichaus.com/app

John Freeman

The founder of downthetubes, John describes himself as is a "freelance comics operative", currently working as a freelance editor for TITAN COMICS, as Creative Consultant on the new DAN DARE audio adventures for B7 Media, and on promotional work for the LAKES INTERNATIONAL COMIC ART FESTIVAL and LANCASTER COMICS DAY. John has worked in British comics publishing for over 30 years, starting out at Marvel UK, where he edited a number of the Genesis 1992 books with Paul Neary. His numerous credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine at Marvel and Star Trek Magazine and Babylon 5 Magazine at Titan Magazines, where he was Managing Editor. He also edited STRIP Magazine and worked as an editor on several audio comics for ROK Comics, including TEAM M.O.B.I.L.E. and THE BEATLES STORY. Most recently he is writing CRUCIBLE as a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz, published on Tapastic; and DEATH DUTY and SKOW DOGS with Dave Hailwood for the digital comic 100% Biodegradable.

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