Comichaus readies indie comics app for release next week

Comichaus App - Promotional Poster

It’s been in the works for a while but at last, the Comichaus digital comics app – aimed at promoting the work of independent and small press comic publishers – is ready for release.

Launching on 21st November 2017 on both iOS and Android is the beta version of the Comichaus app, which the publisher and distributor describe as ‘Netflix for indie comics’.

Comichaus App Screenshot

“We started developing at the back end of last year,” says Comichaus founder Pete Genepool. “Over 150 indie/small press publishers are already on board waiting to deliver their digital books.”

Already impressing those who’ve seen the latest test version, the Comichaus app will include featured releases, new releases and “most read” comics. Users will be able to stream and discover the indie comics in the Comichaus catalogue, search and filter comics by genre, creator and title, save comics to read offline and find out more about their favourite creators.

Users can also review and recommend titles with the ability to share their favourites on social media.

Subscription to the app is £3 per month (or £30 per year) and 50% of advert and subscription revenue will be split with creators based on how many times their books are read.

Comichaus started life as a website to support and profile small and indie comic book creators, building a respectable database and marketplace for indie comic books.

Comichaus anthology #8 - Cover

Meeting an abundance of talented creators, Comichaus launched their own comic books a mere 12 months after they stepped foot onto the indie comic book scene, including a 44 page back and white British anthology which featured an abundance of talented creators – but Comichaus wanted to evolve.

(Also in the works is a six-issue mini series, Lizard Men, written by Steve Horry, with art by awesome Italians Catia Fantini (lines) and Chiara Bonacini (colours), lettering by Ken Reynolds and editing by long-time collaborator Mira Manga).

Lizard Men #1 - Cover

The app helps raise awareness of the excellent comics Comichaus have been showcasing whilst building the creators’ profiles in order to fund future print issues.

All the print issues for sale on Comichaus are also linked to the app so if a reader likes what they’ve read, they can buy a physical copy and find out more about the other comics their favourite creator has been involved in.

“The creators themselves are so passionate, it is impossible to resist when you see the products everyone creates whilst still holding down day jobs and working so hard,” say Pete Genepool.

They need to be seen by more people!”

• The app will be available on both iOS and Android platforms. Visit Comichaus.com for More information

• If you want to include your content go to Comichaus.com/app and join the mailer

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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