Vault Adds More Titles to Successful "Pay What You Want" Sale; Comics Piracy on the Ropes

It looks like Vault Comics' plan to combat comics piracy is a resounding success. The publisher has announced the addition of four new comics samplers to the sale thanks to "overwhelming response." 50% of proceeds from the sale go to the buyer's choice of one of three charities. Vault came up with the idea while thinking about the comics piracy problem around the office.

"There are three seemingly unrelated problems that come up again and again in conversation at the Vault offices," said Vault CEO and Publisher, Damian Wassel. "First, there is the problem of how to make comics cheaper and easier to purchase. Second, the problem of how to do more good with the books we make at Vault. Third, how to address rampant comics piracy. The other day, we had a simple idea that seemed like it could help with all three problems: Sell digital copies of our books directly to our fans, with no account sign ups, and no fussy DRM. Offer them for whatever the customer wants to pay. And give half the money away. Anyone can afford them. Anyone can buy them, anywhere in the world. And every purchase does real good."

For more on the devastating effects on the comics piracy business thanks to Vault's sale, we spoke with notable comics pirate, Captain Comicsbooty.

"Shiver me timbers!" Captain Comicsbooty told us when asked about how Vault's sale is affecting his bottom line. "Arrrr, don't these landlubbin' comic book publishers know that comics pirates have to eat too? Maybe even more than most folks, as we're especially susceptible to scurvy. Arrrrrr."

According to Captain Comiscbooty, piracy metrics are way down since readers learned they could pay what they want to purchase hit vault digital comics, get those comics without any DRM so they can be stored and read on any device using software of the user's choice, and as icing on the cake, help out a deserving charity. Charities that can benefit from Vault's sale include:

ROOM TO READ: Room to Read seeks to transform the lives of millions of children in low-income communities by focusing on literacy and gender equality in education. Working in collaboration with local communities, partner organizations and governments, we develop literacy skills and a habit of reading among primary school children, and support girls to complete secondary school with the relevant life skills to succeed in school and beyond. Learn more at:

FAMILY PROMISE: Family Promise helps homeless and low-income families achieve sustainable independence through a community-based response. Poverty is a complex problem. It won't yield to a simple solution. It requires an integrated approach that reaches beyond immediate needs. Family Promise initiates coordinated local efforts that bring communities together to help homeless families regain their housing, their independence, and their dignity. Learn more at:

NATIONAL ALLIANCE FOR MENTAL ILLNESS: NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, is the nation's largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness. Learn more at:

"Arrr, call me old-fashioned, but I believe the proper way to get DRM-free comics is to illegally download them," said Captain Comicsbooty, glancing at the parrot perched on his shoulder for affirmation.

"SQUAWK, illegally download them, SQUAWK!" the parrot added.

"I have a lot of medical bills to take care of on account of me disabilities," Captain Comicsbooty growled, gesturing to his peg leg with his hook hand. "Arrr, maybe I need to look into one of these charities for help. You know what, mateys, maybe this digital comics sale isn't so bad, arrrr."

Here's the list of four digital samplers now available on Vault's website for whatever prices you decide to pay:

Alien Bouny Hunter #1 & #2
Colossi #1 & #2
Friendo #1 & #2
Queen of Bad Dreams #1 & #2
Test #1 & #2
Vagrant Queen #1
Wasted Space #1 & #2

Heathen #1 & #2
Maxwells Demons #1 & #2
Relics of Youth #1 & #2
Sera and the Royal Stars #1 & #2
She Said Destroy #1 & #2
Songs for the Dead #1 & #2

Cult Classic: Return to Whisper #1 & #2
Cult Classic: Creature Feature #1 & #2
Deep Roots #1 & #2
Fissure #1 & #2
The Plot #1
Resonant #1 & #2
These Savage Shores #1 & #2

Cult Classic: Creature Feature #1
Mall #1
The Plot #1
Queen of Bad Dreams #1 & #2
Resonant #1 & #2
Sera and the Royal Stars #1 & #2
She Said Destroy #1 & #2
Test #1 & #2

"These Savage Shores looks interesting, matey," said Captain Comicsbooty. "And I choose how much of me booty to hand over for it? That's not a bad deal at all. Arrrr."

Head to Vault's website to get in on this deal while it lasts. The sale ends January 1st at 11:59PM.

Vault Adds More Titles to Successful "Pay What You Want Sale;" Comics Piracy on the Ropes

Vault Adds More Titles to Successful "Pay What You Want Sale;" Comics Piracy on the Ropes

Vault Adds More Titles to Successful "Pay What You Want Sale;" Comics Piracy on the Ropes

Vault Adds More Titles to Successful "Pay What You Want Sale;" Comics Piracy on the Ropes

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