Digital comics

9 comixology tips for mastering digital comics

Amazon-owned, New York-based Comixology burst onto the scene in 2007 with an innovative idea: to bring digital comics to mobile devices.

Comixology isn’t the only company making the move, but it has become the most successful, with thousands of American comics, manga, paperbacks, and graphic novels available for purchase. In fact, Comixology even serves as a home for platform-exclusive digital comics from a variety of publishers.

So what makes Comixology attractive to creators and its user base? The service offers digital versions of comics that are printed on the same day as physical releases, lots of money-saving sales, great mobile apps that include incredibly useful Guided View technology, and the ability for freelancers to publish themselves.

While these are features that I deeply appreciate, the most appealing aspect of Comixology, in my opinion, is the breadth of its library.

I own Amazing Fantastic # 15 (Spider-Man’s first appearance) and The Incredible Hulk # 1 (the first appearance of the big gray / green guy), which were released before i was born. Comixology also has the 1950s era of EC Comics Tales from the Crypt series, as well as the 1940s of Jack Kirby and Joe Simon Young Romance securities. There are holes in the catalog, of course, but Comixology is a one-stop-shop for those who want to explore the history of comics.

So it should come as no surprise that I spent a ridiculous amount of time using Comixology. As a result, I am quite familiar with the platform and have accumulated valuable comixology knowledge to pass on to those new to the platform. Below you’ll find some great tips that will show you how to perform many comixology improvement actions, including managing your collection and offering digital comics to others. But, more importantly, enjoy these comics!

Time your comic book purchases

There’s never a bad time to buy digital comics, but buying at the right time can save you significant shekels. Comixology has sales exploding all the time, so with a little forethought and planning, you can grab big discounts to buy your favorite titles on the cheap.

For example, Comixology frequently has sales related to the release of movies or television programs based on comic books. For example, when Captain America: Civil War released in theaters in May 2016, Comixology had an accompanying sale that I used to fill in the holes in my Cap comic collection. And, like Valve’s infamous Steam sales, Comixology has general sales during Black Friday and the holiday shopping season.

These offers are listed in the homepage slider so it’s hard to miss them. Check them out.

Subscribe to your favorite titles

Subscribe to your favorite titles

Suppose you discover a series that you really, really like. Instead of manually purchasing the issues as they go out, you can simply subscribe to a series. To do so, visit one of the series’ dedicated Comixology issue pages and click the large Subscribe icon. Now you don’t have to worry about missing an upcoming issue.

Please note that a series subscription only promises to purchase future issues. If you subscribed to a series after its start, you must manually purchase the previous issues.

Throats of a comic book buffet

Throats of a comic book buffet

Comixology Unlimited can be appealing to people who don’t want to spend a large amount of money buying individual comic book issues. The all-you-can-eat subscription service lets you read over 20,000 curated comics from various publishers including Archie, DC, Dark Horse, Fantagraphics, and Marvel.

Synchronize your Comixology and Marvel accounts

Synchronize your Comixology and Marvel accounts

Comixology has a digital comic book platform. Marvel has a digital comic book platform. You can make them dance together. Connect the two accounts by visiting comixology.com/marvel-sync and log in with your Marvel credentials. In doing so, all of the digital comic book codes you use at marvel.com/redeem cause their respective books to appear in your Comixology account.

Archive unwanted comics

Archive unwanted comics

Comixology doesn’t let you delete comics you don’t like, but you can hide them! Selecting the Archive option associated with one of the comics in your collection will remove a book from your Smart Lists.

If you want to remove these books from the archive and send them back to Smart Lists, click My books> Archives and select the Unarchive option associated with a particular book.

Download DRM-free backups

Download DRM-free backups

Did you know that Comixology allows you to download titles to your computer, so you can play them without logging into your account first? From the Comixology.com home screen (yes, you can only do this through the company’s website), click My books> Backups. Once there, you will see the purchased books which can be downloaded in CBZ or PDF format.

Sadly, DC and Marvel don’t want to be a part of this, as the Comic Book Titans likely see it as something that promotes illegal distribution. On the bright side, Archie, IDW, Image, and Valiant are just four of the publishers that support DRM-free backups.

Once you’ve downloaded your books, you can read them in your favorite digital comic reader.

Activate instant payment

Activate instant payment

By default, Comixology prompts you to add a book to the cart, then select a payment method before tapping the large old Buy icon. But you can skip these steps by enabling instant payment by visiting Username> My account> Billing.

Once done, a Buy Now icon will appear below each list of books in the Comixology store. Click on it and you own the book.

Quickly browse pages

Quickly browse pages

Sometimes you just have to come back to a page you’ve read before due to a shocking moment, story reveal, or other plot point. Now you can’t technically flip digital comic pages, but you can flip through them quickly.

If you are using a mobile device, you can do this by swiping the pages left or right. On the desktop, you can do this by pressing the left or right arrow keys on your keyboard, or by clicking the browse icon and clicking a page thumbnail.

Offer an e-gift card

Offer an e-gift card

Selflessness is a good thing. If you have a comic book fan in your life that you would like to bless with the gift of a digital comic, consider a Comixology e-gift card.

You start by clicking on the eGift link on the home page and then selecting an eGift Card. You can choose one of the preselected amounts ranging from $ 10 to $ 100, or enter the amount of your choice. After that, enter the recipient’s email address and select a delivery day. Boom! You offered the comic!

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