Moon Digital Comic Update

Those of you who follow such things will know that there have been some changes in the world of digital comics recently. A couple of weeks ago, Graphicly announced that they were moving out of digital comics distribution and instead focusing on the wider world of digital publishing. It’s a smart business move as Comixology pretty much has the comics market all sewn up but it does have certain implications for our operation.

As you may know, Graphicly were our partners in terms of bringing Moon onto digital devices and for a time you were able to buy a very nice digital copy of the book for a mere 99c. Sadly with Graphicaly closing that part of its business, this has come to an end. If you already purchased a digital copy of Moon #1 then you will still be able to read it via the Graphicly app on your phone, tablet or desktop. As of now however, the book is no longer available for sale to new readers and I’ll be taking the links down from the site today.

It’s a big shame because we put a lot of time into getting the book ready for digital, but Graphicly are a business and you can’t fault them for wanting to find more profitable ways of operating. Despite the problems it causes us, I actually think that what Graphicly are doing is quite exiting for e-publishing in general and there are certainly no hard feelings at our end.

I’m now looking into a new option for distribution Moon digitally. It’ll most likely take on a slightly more low-fi format, such as emailed PDFs or some-such but right now I’m not 100% sure. A lot of the doors that were open to smaller publishers a few years ago have been closed in favour of deals with bigger names but the changes are far from over and with every shift comes opportunities. I firmly believe that digital comics are a huge aspect of the future of our business and that independent publishers have a part to play in that evolution.

We’ve been forging our own path here at BTB since day one so it’s not like this is new ground for us. We’ll find a way and be the better for it, of that I have no doubt.

In the meantime, you can continue to buy Moon in print from our shop or at any of the conventions you see on the right hand side of the screen.

Thanks to everyone who bought the book while it was available and thanks to Graphicly for giving us a home, albeit for a short time.

Here’s to the future.

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Dropping Science: Google’s Augmented Reality Glasses…In Reality

If you’ve been anywhere near at TV or computer in the last few days then you’ll probably be aware that google is promising to change the way we live by introducing augmented reality “google goggles” that will allow you to remain connected to the internet at all times. In true technology company style they accompanied the announcement with a hip and snazzy video feature fashionable people doing pointless things:

It looks like a nightmarish world where  you have an iPhone sellotaped to your face 24/7, but then I said something similar about the iPad when it came out and now I’m practically wedded to mine. Regardless something like this is probably going to become a mass market item at some point in the next few years and no doubt some will find them extremely appealing. I’m going to withhold judgement until we see some actual working technology but in the meantime, Tom Scott offers us a slightly more realistic version of Google’s advert.

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Comic Book & TV Letterheads From the Past

In today’s email-centric world there doesn’t seem to much place for the humble letterhead, but in decades gone by they were as essential a business tool as a phone or a pen. A quality letterhead was a way of verifying the authenticity of a letter as well as the credentials of the sender and as a result, everyone had them.

This week Retronaut has been showcasing the letterheads of everyone from Adolf Hitler to David Bowie and, while they’re all fascinating, some of the most creative ones come from the legends of the entertainment industry. I’ve pulled out a few choice examples which I thought would be of interest to you dear Bunkerites. Who knows, if you’re old enough to have written a fan letter to one of these people, you may even have a genuine one of these kicking around somewhere!

Fawcett Comics - 1942

Charles Schulz - 1958

The Star Wars Corporation - 1976

Paramount Pictures - 1978

The Muppets Show Fan Club - 1981

Marvel Comics - 1982

Lucas Film - 1982

You can view the full collection over at Retronaut.

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Dropping Science – Here’s To The Crazy Ones

I know we’ve already mentioned the passing of Steve Jobs this week, but given that this is our weekly science segment, it felt right to dedicate some space to this video. This is an advert for Apple that was made back in 1997 (remember that?) and the voice you’re hearing is that of Jobs himself. It was a time before the ipod, before Apple had more money than the United States and when the company’s future was far from secure. Inspiring as it is, this version of the ad was never aired and was instead replaced with a version narrated by Richard Dreyfuss however, now more than ever, Steve’s version seems to speak from somewhere deeper.

Love him or hate him, we’ll never stop talking about him.

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Already: Expression animation to rival Rockstar’s LA Noire from Texan ad company

With LA Noire stealing column inches for its astounding facial recognition software that allows you to tell if a character is lying, its easy to assume that that is the bleeding edge of technology available for this stuff. Not according to this bunch of Texan programmers, Janimation is an outfit mostly associated with advertising but damned if they shouldn’t be looking at the more lucrative field of games and animated movies. Check this out. And for those unfamiliar with Rockstar’s new piece de resistance, here’s the LA Noire trailer. Enjoy!!

L.A. Noire from uzgames on Vimeo.