First Archie, then DC Comics, and now Image Comics: The linewide day-and-date revolution is slowly continuing. According to press releases from both ComiXology and Image Comics, as of this Wednesday, Image’s line will be available day-and-date on both ComiXology and Graphicly, including the latter’s Facebook app.
Oddly enough, while the ComiXology press release makes a point of saying that it will be offering “the majority of their highly acclaimed comics the same day as print,” the Image Comics release describes their agreement with Graphicly as one that will “digitally supply and share their entire publishing catalog, including such hits as Walking Dead, Invincible, Savage Dragon, Chew and many more, to be released same day as print on Graphicly” (emphasis mine). Whether this means that ComiXology is being explicitly denied titles or simply that all the Image creators haven’t agreed to ComiXology terms yet but will soon is unknown.
In the Image Comics release, publisher Eric Stephenson is quoted as saying “For years, print comics have been dependent on a single distribution network, so it’s interesting to be a position to utilize a variety of different digital platforms. As digital comics continue to become a greater concern, it’s important to embrace as many different options as possible.”