The Evolution of Digital Comics in 2010

The Evolution of Digital Comics in 2010

Laura E. Hall
Jan 4, 2011

2010 was an exciting year in digital comics, from the announcement of the iPad in January to the distribution of manga to the Kindle, and we're eagerly anticipating the launch of the Dark Horse Comics iPad app later this month. So we were very pleased to see Robot 6 of Comic Book Resources review the ways in which the digital comics space has evolved over the last year.

Can you believe that a year ago, the iPad was just a twinkle in Steve Jobs's eye? It wasn't until April that we could get our hands on one, and with it came the Marvel and comiXology apps.

Some additional highlights from the Robot 6 timeline:

  • The first comics-reading app for Blackberry came out in May, and June saw the first digital and print simultaneous release of a comic, Invincible Iron Man Annual.
  • In July webcomics entrepreneur Joey Manley praised the way big publishers were handling the market.
  • October: Dark Horse jumped into the water with the announcement of its standalone proprietary app.

And last month came with a slew of announcements and releases: news of the Dark Horse launch lineup, a comiXology app for Android, the appearance of comics apps in the top of the Apple store, and more. Most exciting? We learned that we can read manga on my Kindle. Goodbye, free time, hello, 75-volume stories.

Click here to read the full Robot 6 timeline over at Comic Book Resources, and be sure to let us know what you think in the comments!

(2nd image: Flickr member joewilcox licensed for use under Creative Commons)

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