The Digitalization of the Comics Industry in 2021
So much is happening in the digital comics space that I wanted to just keep track of them all because I feel this is the year that will define things for the next few years, this page will be frequently updated and tweeted out via @casey_lau.
I am tracking this mainly because I am returning to comics with some new ideas and planning on the best way to launch them in this new era.
ONLINE COMICS GENERAL
The global webcomics market size is expected to gain momentum by reaching USD 11.12 billion by 2028 while exhibiting a CAGR of 6.1% between 2021 to 2028. In its report titled “Webcomics Market, 2021–2028,” Fortune Business Insights mentions that the market stood at USD 6.70 billion in 2020.
The fan-favorite scribe known for work on ‘Batman’ is unveiling eight creator-owned comics for ComiXology Originals, starting with ‘We Have Demons’ with frequent collaborator Greg Capullo.
Publisher’s Weekly Podcast with Scott Snyder on Best Jacket Press launch at New York Comic-Con 2021:
PW Comics World: More To Come: More To Come 487: NYCC 21: Scott Snyder Interview on Apple Podcasts
An interview with acclaimed comics writer Scott Snyder about leaving DC to launch his own line of original comics at…
Marvel is also announcing an addition to the service: “Infinity Comics,” a new line of exclusive comics that have been specifically designed for the vertical form factor of a modern smartphone, with scrolling panels that fill the entire width of a phone or tablet screen.
Here are some samples from its launch in September 2021:
“There are few industries where we feel the Substack model could be more game-changing than in comics, where the gap in power and earning potential between publishers and for-hire creators is enormous, and where the creator of a story can spawn a nine-figure franchise and yet take home little more than a standard paycheck.”
A group of creators will publish new comic book stories, essays and how-to guides on the platform as a way to connect directly with fans.
While the writer’s creator-owned books will continue, he’s leaving DC Comics and pivoting to the creator-based subscription platform.
Donny Cates & Ryan Stegman — the Current Creators Behind Marvel’s Venom and Carnage — Talk About Their Substack
KLC Press is their playground for developing creator-owned comics and products… unshackled from the confines of big industry comics.
Under the agreement, DC and Webtoon, owned by South Korean internet company Naver, will collaborate on standalone webcomics that “will appeal to all fans, without the need to know or read any previous stories,” according to the companies.
BATMAN: Wayne Family Adventures
Samples from the first series released September 2021 — find the series here.
Liam Sharp, a comic artist best known for work on Green Lantern and Wonder Woman, took to social media to reflect on creators’ rights in comics.
Comics on Kickstarter have earned almost $17 million already in 2021, on target for a record year
Actor Keanu Reeves is dipping his toe into Kickstarter, raising $1.45m (£1m) for his comic BRZRKR, created with Matt Kindt and Ron Garney for Boom!, is indicative of a quiet revolution in the medium, one that is now posing a challenge to traditional publishing models.
Kindt appears at this stage to be the first artist to have crafted a comic created and distributed as an NFT.
An all-new way to collect classic Marvel Comics!
Tical World NFT includes exclusive artwork, an unreleased song from the rapper