At San Diego Comic-Con this week, digital studio Madefire showed its support of independent comic book creators by announcing the open release of the web-based Motion Book Creation Tool to artists and authors anywhere in the world, as well as the addition of a new “Print Books” category that will offer a simpler viewing and navigation experience for readers.
For more information regarding the announcement, please see Madefire’s official press release below.
Madefire explodes global reach of the world’s most innovative digital comics platform with Android launch
San Francisco, California—July 24, 2014: Madefire is making a massive push to scale its cutting-edge digital comics publishing platform today by launching on Android at San Diego Comic Con. Madefire Motion Books that uniquely combine images, sound and interactivity will immediately be available via Google Play to Android users worldwide with in-app purchase support. The Madefire ecosystem will further expand with the addition of a new “Print Books” category. This “authentic” comics reading experience will offer simple page view, pinch and zoom navigation for a huge catalog of comics and graphic novels. A new UI for all storefronts will also debut making it easier than ever to navigate and discover the books that matter to readers in this new global comics marketplace
Top publishers like IDW, Valiant, Oni Press, Top Cow, Liquid Comics, and others have signed on to support the new Print Books category. With rights to thousands of titles, Madefire now represents both scale and digital story telling innovation in comics across all screens and devices worldwide.
Madefire was founded on the principle of empowering the indie-creator with the tools to create and publish the “new myths of the 21st century.” Last week, Madefire did just that rolling out their powerful web-based Create Tool to all users worldwide. Working closely with the massive on-line artistic community at DeviantArt, Madefire is energizing individual artists and authors to create new stories that can be published within minutes on the web. This process can take months on other platforms.
“Since we opened our Motion Book Tool we’ve been staggered at the appetite for digital comics,” said Ben Wolstenholme, CEO of Madefire. “From Print comics to Motion Books, and from new creators to established studios like DC, it’s all on Madefire. It’s taken years, but we’ve now rolled out the most advanced comic book platform in the world and made it open to all.”
Founded in 2011 by Ben Wolstenholme, Liam Sharp and Eugene Walden, Madefire is a media and technology company. Madefire has built the Motion Books publishing platform that provides artists, writers and publishers tools for creating a new reading format called Motion Books. Madefire is backed by Toni Schneider at True Ventures, The former CEO of Automattic, makers of WordPress, as well as Bill Woodward (Anthem Ventures, former Chairman of Macromedia). The Advisory Board also includes industry leaders Mike McCue, CEO and Founder of Flipboard, angel investor Sina Tamaddon, former Senior Vice President of Applications for Apple Inc, Dave Gibbons, co-creator of Watchmen, the bestselling graphic novel of all time, and Bill Sienkiewicz, widely recognized as one of the greatest innovators of sequential art. For more information go to madefire.com.