First comes love! Then comes marriage! Then comes Kirkman with the baby carriage!
Image Comics is the latest publisher to go all in on the Madefire, making “a trove of back catalog titles” available on the innovative digital comics app. In a press release, Image names a bunch of books they’ve published, though it doesn’t specifically say they’re all available on the app. We can assume so, but it’s just worded a little oddly.
Image Comics is the creator-owned publisher known for a myriad of popular titles, including: Robert Kirkman’s THE WALKING DEAD, Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples’ SAGA, Joshua Williamson and Andrei Bressan’s BIRTHRIGHT, Kelly Sue DeConnick and Valentine DeLandro’s BITCH PLANET, Jonathan Layman and Rob Guillory’s CHEW, Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips’ CRIMINAL, Rick Remender and Wes Craig’s DEADLY CLASS, Jeff Lemire and Dustin Nguyen’s DESCENDER, Jonathan Hickman and Nick Dragotta’s EAST OF WEST, Marjorie Liu and Sana Takeda’s MONSTRESS, Eric Stephenson, Nate Bellegarde, Jordie Bellaire, and Fonografik’s NOWHERE MEN, Brian K. Vaughan and Cliff Chiang’s PAPER GIRLS, Kurtis Wiebe and Roc Upchurch’s RAT QUEENS, Erik Larsen’s SAVAGE DRAGON, Matt Fraction and Chip Zdarsky’s SEX CRIMINALS, Jason Aaron and Jason Latour’s SOUTHERN BASTARDS, Todd McFarlane’s SPAWN, Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie’s THE WICKED + THE DIVINE, Marc Silvestri, Brian Haberlin, Michael Turner, and David Wohl’s WITCHBLADE, and more.
Featuring a broad selection of new and established classics, Motion Books, video shorts, graphic novels, collected editions, and archived favorites, Madefire’s unique platform gives fans of Image Comics a new place to discover content on all their devices.
As is customary when two companies work together, the deal must be sealed with the holy ritual of exchanging complimentary quotes in a press release.
“We’re thrilled to provide our fans with the opportunity to enjoy a broad range of Image’s graphic novels and collections from our amazing creators across a wide range of digital devices thanks to the Madefire platform,” said Chris Ross, Director of Digital Sales at Image Comics. “Madefire complements our established digital collections and there’s no doubt that readers will relish the opportunity to find their new favorites in this revolutionary format.”
“The addition of Image Comics is an ideal fit for our platform and we feel both companies share similar values when it comes to supporting artists and storytellers. Madefire is committed to supporting indie creators, uniquely allowing self-publishing on the platform and giving aspiring creators the forum to bring their work to the masses. Image Comics are renowned for their creator-owned philosophy, protecting the vision of the talent who bring their stories to life. For this reason alone, we couldn’t be happier to welcome Image Comics to the Madefire family.” said Madefire CEO and Motion Book creator, Ben Wolstenholme. “Madefire was designed as a digital platform for storytelling and Image Comics has published some of the most visually stunning, and memorable stories ever created. Today’s announcement continues to demonstrate our commitment to be the ultimate destination for comic and Motion Book content, as well as embracing new, independent IP.”
Wolstenholme’s compliment was about twice the length of Image’s, which means Image has way more power in this relationship.