Screen Rant: Free Digital Comics Are Helping Fans Get Through Coronavirus Lockdown. “The Coronavirus pandemic has thrown the comic book industry for a loop, giving fans week after week without new comics for the first time in years. To make matters worse, their favorite superheroes, characters, and senses of humor have gone missing when they’re needed most, as millions around the world weather the storm in isolation. To help those comic readers during this difficult time, some creators and publishers have come to the rescue by releasing free digital content while the printed weekly issues and trade paperbacks are unavailable. We’ve rounded up some of those that are currently providing fans with the best online content for free.”
SyFy Wire: The Pull List: Comic Shop Database Arises With New Comics On Hold. Also Hugo Picks!. “Last week, a group known as the Comics Industry Collective launched its new website 28 Pages Later, a guide for comics fans and customers looking for local stores around the country. The site has its roots in efforts that began some time ago, as comics writer Leah Williams (Gwenpool Strikes Back) stepped up and began compiling information on which local stores were still open and could still offer some kind of service even as shelter-in-place orders meant many non-essential businesses were closing up shop for the time being.”
Marvel: Marvel Unlimited Now Offering Free Access to Iconic Comic Book Stories. “Marvel Unlimited, Marvel’s digital comics subscription service, is now offering all fans FREE access to some of Marvel’s most iconic stories from recent years, including now-classic Marvel Comics events and critically acclaimed runs featuring the Avengers, Spider-Man, Black Widow, Captain America, Captain Marvel, and more. Fans who are social distancing will be able to escape into the Marvel Universe and revisit their favorite stories from a curated selection of complete story arcs – completely free – on Marvel Unlimited, starting Thursday, April 2 until Monday, May 4.”
CNET: Marvel and DC grind to a halt due to coronavirus lockdown. “Both Marvel and DC have delayed their April 1 comic releases due to the coronavirus outbreak. Following distributor Diamond’s decision to stop shipping print comics to retailers last week, the two publishers opted to stop or cut back on their digital releases as well, as previously reported by CNET sister site Comicbook.com.”
CBR: Dynamite, ComiXology Offering Free Issue #1s During COVID-19 Quarantine. “Dynamite Entertainment has partnered with ComiXology to offer several of the publisher’s first issues for free during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. With readers across the globe quarantined in their homes, over a dozen Issue #1s will be offered starting this week, with more to follow as time passes.” One of the titles is Charlie’s Angels vs The Bionic Woman and I cannot even.
The News Minute: ACK Comics and Tinkle give free subscription to engage kids in COVID-19 times. “Several children across India are stuck at home, thanks to schools closing early over the coronavirus pandemic. There is an air of uncertainty over when school will start again, and many families have also put their vacation plans on hold. Given the circumstances, ACK Media, which owns Amar Chitra Katha and Tinkle comics, has decided to bring some cheer to the children. The entire digital collection of the comics is now available for free for a period of 30 days on the ACK Comics and Tinkle mobile apps, to help children cope with the gloomy situation.”
Techdirt: Japan Approves New Law To Make Manga Piracy A Criminal Offense. Yikes! “Roughly a year and a half ago, we discussed a proposed amendment to Japanese copyright law that would seek to criminalize copyright infringement. The general consensus is that the chief impetus for this new addition to Japanese copyright law centered on the manga industry, which is a multi-billion dollar industry, despite that particular media being pirated alongside all other media.”