Holy Indie Publishing, Batman!

The sad fact is, due mainly to the ginormous success of “50 Shades”, when most people think of indie books they think of erotica. Which is a shame, because the types and genres of indie books are pretty much limited only to the creativity of indie authors.

But that may soon be changing, at least as far as comics and graphic novels go.

According to PC magazine, the shift towards indie “…has had limited impact on independent comic book and graphic novel creators, with the graphics-oriented titles randomly scattered amongst text-focused works on the major e-book stores. Now ComiXology, the leading distributor of comics and graphic novels on tablet devices, will offer indie comic book artists and writers the opportunity to sell their works alongside established comic book titles.

“Designed to offer the same self-publishing opportunities currently available to text-focused self-pubbed writers, ComiXology Submit will begin as a private, invite-only program. The company–the leading comic book distributor for devices like the iPad, iPhone, and Android devices–will review comic book submissions and then encode selected works with its Guided View technology, a tablet and smartphone-friendly innovation that automatically moves the reader through a comic book panel by panel.”

What does that mean for comic book-loving indie readers? Simply the opportunity to discover great indie works, alongside classics like Batman, The X-Men, and more recent hits like The Walking Dead.

And, adds ComiXology co-founder John D. Roberts, “It’s great that we can now open our platform to self-publishers and deliver a whole new wave of creative works to our customers.”

  • Yes! Self-publishing is about so much more than erotica and genre fiction. There was a really good article in the Literary Review of Canada recently on the rise of literary self-publishing. I think self-publishing will gain a lot more legitimacy over the next five years as authors of literary fiction start looking at it as a viable option.

    Comics and DIY have always gone hand-in-hand. So many zines out there with great, weirdo comics.

    Donald
    FriesenPress