Graphicly, one of the early leaders in the burgeoning digital comics distribution market, today announced plans to shutter its marketplaces for iPad, iPhone, and Android and refocus its business on its digital publishing platform. In a brief, informal email, Graphicly CEO Micah Baldwin said the company sees better opportunities in helping content creators navigate the increasingly complex e-book publishing landscape.
Citing recent business results that showed Graphicly’s self-publishing platform growing at over 300% per month while the digital comics business has increasingly consolidated around rival ComiXology, Baldwin and his team decided to shift gears. “The digital content space doesn’t need another storefront,” said Baldwin. “However, creators of graphic literature need better ways to reach the market through e-books rather than apps.”
“My reaction [to the prequels] is a certain degree of weary contempt,” says Moore. “It’s gone beyond anger. It’s almost tragically comical. It’s commerce over art. I’m proud of the work I did on Watchmen, but it’s surrounded by such a toxic cloud of memories. I wish I didn’t have to go through them. I don’t even have a copy of the book in the house.”
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