12:21pm PT by Graeme McMillan
Dynamite Lets You Give to Charity With its New DRM-Free Comic Shop
A month after Dynamite Entertainment initially offered DRM-free digital editions of its material through the ComiXology back-up program, the publisher launched its own digital storefront selling DRM-free digital editions directly to customers Wednesday, with a percentage of first month sales going to charity.
The new storefront offers a mix of library and contemporary material including Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson's The Boys, Howard Chaykin's American Flagg! and the current revival of Jack Kirby's Captain Victory and the Galactic Rangers. Issues are available in PDF format, with 10% of the proceeds from all sales in the first month of operation benefiting the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund.
To celebrate the publisher's 10th anniversary, ten issues are being offered for 10 cents apiece for a limited period, including the first issues of Vampirella, Kevin Smith's The Green Hornet and Dynamite's parody of the zombie genre, The Mocking Dead. Ten wallpapers promoting titles including The Last Temptation of Alice Cooper, Jim Butcher's Dresden Files and Red Sonja, will also be available from the store for a limited time.
In a statement accompanying the announcement of the new program, Dynamite president Nick Barrucci noted that the market for DRM-free content has been growing, adding that offering such material directly to customers "is simply giving the consumers the option for what they want and how they want it, and continues to reach out to a non-traditional comic-reading audience."
Dynamite will continue to offer digital content via existing partnerships with ComiXology, iVerse, Dark Horse, iBooks and Amazon Kindle, the publisher confirmed.