Comics on Your Mobile – Exclusive

Well, it’s been five years (at least) in the making — but I’m delighted to report that I’m in the middle of a first round testing of a new comics-to-mobile service for ROK Media, that should launch soon, and we’ll be rolling out in full this May.

Several British creators here will know I’ve been touting comics-on-mobile to anyone who will listen for simply ages, but ROK picked up the ball and ran with the idea last year, and it’s been non-stop ever since. In pure business terms, you can’t ignore the massive rise in digital comic demand – one comics aggregator says it’s delivering some 350,000 comics a day to mobile.

The system will let creators upload their own comics and create them using a suite of characters, props and backgrounds: all can then be offered to comic readers to buy and view on their mobiles. Creators will then receive a percentage of every sale.

We’re also looking at distributing a range of comic strips from various publishers to mobile and we’ve had several encouraging discussions so far with a range of companies, both small and large.

In addition to mobile comics, we’re also considering print – including publishing titles based on licenses on intellectual properties we’ve signed, although I can’t reveal the names of those properties at this stage. I can say we have solicited samples from some terrific artists for our first project and I hope to be able to say more about that very soon.

Exciting times!

The founder of downthetubes, John works as a comics editor, writer, as Creative Consultant on the Dan Dare audio adventures for B7 Media, and on promotional work for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. Working in British comics publishing for over 30 years, his credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine, Star Trek Magazine and Babylon 5 Magazine. He also edited the comics anthology STRIP Magazine and edited several audio comics for ROK Comics. He has also edited several comic collections, including volumes of “Charley’s War and “Dan Dare”. He’s the writer of “Crucible”, a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz, published on Tapastic; and “Death Duty” and “Skow Dogs” with Dave Hailwood for digital comic 100% Biodegradable.

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