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March 07, 2013

MARVEL launches monthly all-you-can-eat comics app

$10 a month for 13,000 or so back issues. Every comic is at least six months old, so there is no competition with the newest stuff. I can't help but wonder if this is going to murder the trade collection dead though. No word on if any of the actual artists are getting paid from this. My gut says "hell no." So if you believe in ethical art consumption, you'll want to give this a pass. Marvel Unlimited: Marvel's Spotify for Comics Is Out Now for iOS
There's one thing every comic fan has been yelling about for years: Why isn't there a subscription service that lets you pay for an all-you-can-eat monthly dose of comics? Marvel just did it. Marvel Unlimited, formerly MDCU, is on iPads and iPhones now. Marvel Unlimited is a new app, separate from the Marvel app already in the store. The app is an extension of the new HTML5 reader that Marvel Digital Comics Unlimited rolled out recently, but much more convenient. It's only on iOS for now, but will be on Android "soon". You can also just use Android's browser, but that's not a very fun experience. The subscription is the same as the web-based version, so if you already subscribe to MDCU, you can use the app, too. If not, subscriptions are $10 per month, or a "limited time" annual subscription for $60 ($5 per month). Some specifics: It's got access to 13,000 back issues, lets you add comics to your library like you would in Spotify or Rdio, can store six issues for offline reading (ugh, yes, we'll get to that), sorts by character, series, creator, or events (think Civil War, Onslaught, etc.), and syncs your downloaded comics across all your devices.

February 13, 2013

Fans upset that notorious homophobe has been tapped to write SUPERMAN comics

Orson Scott Card, who 30 years ago wrote ENDER'S GAME, and recently issued a rewrite of HAMLET that posits that homosexuals reproduce by raping children (in HAMLET!) has been hired by DC to write one of their flagship titles. Card also called for violent civil war if America ever allows gay marriage nationally. So basically he's a good role model? For the kids? Now I think that an artist's work shouldn't necessarily be tainted by their personal life. But at the same time I don't think DC has any responsibility to throw money at this abhorrent monster. DC Comics targeted for hiring anti-gay author to write Superman story | Robot 6 @ Comic Book Resources – Covering Comic Book News and Entertainment
An online petition calling on the publisher to drop the “virulently anti-gay writer” has already drawn more than 4,800 signers. And while comic book fans and petitions seem to go hand in hand — it was just last month Marvel was being called upon to cancel Avengers Arena – this effort is being spearheaded by All Out, an initiative of the Purpose Foundation advocating for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender rights. The drive has already attracted the attention of mainstream media outlets like The Guardian and The Huffington Post. Although Card is best known for his award-winning 1985 novel Ender’s Game, he has become notorious for outspoken views on homosexuality and his advocacy against gay rights. A board member of the National Organization for Marriage, a group dedicated to the opposition of same-sex marriage, the author has tried to link homosexuality to childhood molestation, advocated home-schooling to ensure children “are not propagandized with the ‘normality’ of ‘gay marriage’” (with Card, the phrase is always in quotation marks), and floated slippery-slope scenarios in which marriage-equality opponents one day will be classified as “mentally ill” and parents who encourage their children to pursue heterosexual marriage “will be labeled as a bigot and accused of hate speech.” Following rulings by “dictator-judges” in 2008 that same-sex couples have a constitutional right to marry, Card infamously endorsed a government overthrow, writing, “How long before married people answer the dictators thus: Regardless of law, marriage has only one definition, and any government that attempts to change it is my mortal enemy. I will act to destroy that government and bring it down, so it can be replaced with a government that will respect and support marriage, and help me raise my children in a society where they will expect to marry in their turn.”