The revolutionary digital comic content destination continues to innovate, providing greater opportunities for both readers and content creators.
NEW YORK, NY, November 19, 2020 /Neptune100/ — GlobalComix, the cutting-edge digital reading and distribution platform for comics, graphic novels and manga, is proud to announce their new subscription program: GlobalComix GOLD. Designed to give readers unlimited access to comic content on a budget, this new program empowers creators, allowing them to receive direct financial support for their work.
GOLD provides full access to the GlobalComix digital library. With the ability to read their favorite stories, discover new comics, readers are treated to a new landscape of storytelling all for a simple monthly fee. Home to a host of independent comic creators and celebrated small and emerging publishers, the platform has already resonated with fans who are looking for more than just mainstream comic content.
Unique to GlobalComix, the GOLD subscription model is an initiative designed to benefit creators and owners of content, because each individual subscription’s revenue is only split amongst content owners the reader has actually consumed.
CEO Christopher Carter sees this as a win-win for readers and creators alike, “as each individual subscription is only split amongst content owners the reader has actually consumed, rather than going into a big pool split amongst everyone.”
“This is a truly fair and equitable model for digital comics,” continues Carter. “The reader is offered a tremendous value proposition for a small budget, and in accepting those terms they know the creators they support are directly rewarded. If readers simply want to enjoy the free content that’s available on the platform, they will continue to have that option, but our messaging will always be supportive of the entire creative community available to you at GlobalComix.”
And what a community it is. GlobalComix has curated some of the best storytellers in indie comics along with some of the finest up-and-coming publishers, offering readers an opportunity to dig in to comics from outside mainstream, with unlimited access to a wide variety of genres. Contributions from indie stalwarts TPub, Wannabe Press, Arcana Comics, and Broken Icon Comics bring a healthy dose of cutting-edge sci-fi, action, horror and comedy titles, while Toadycat Manga and Dream Studios bring romance and manga content into the fold. Most notably, upstart publisher AWA Studios brings titles by celebrated creators such as J. Michael Straczynski, Michael Morici, Benjamin Percy and Jason Starr.
These creators can now expand beyond the “pay as you go” model where a reader has to make explicit purchase decisions for their consumption, lowering the barrier to entry for readers to get started through creators and publishers’ own promotional efforts. Gamal Hennessy, industry veteran and VP of Content at GlobalComix, focuses on the flexibility of offering both options. “We’re giving readers the best of both worlds. They can dig deep into the catalog of their favorite creators and publishers, or they can sample all of the content in our extensive catalog just like they already do with services like Netflix and Spotify.”
Empowering the indie comics community is a top priority at GlobalComix, and their recently launched SUPERFAN program is the proof. SUPERFAN is a set of tools that extends beyond traditional paywalling of content, allowing creators to build much closer and engaged relationships with their hardcore fans. Creators receive 92-95% of each donation depending on their subscription tier (either free or paid), and have the tools to reward their supporters with “early access” to their new releases. GlobalComix will be adding additional perks for supporters in the near future where creators and publishers can share exclusive content with their superfan supporters, such as work-in-progress content, sketches, character illustrations, and more.
“GlobalComix is the best of Webtoon and the best of Comixology in one platform, while offering more transparency to creators than either,” says Russell Nohelty, Founder of Wannabe Press and early adopter of the GlobalComix platform. “On top of that, the team actually listens to creators. Whenever I have voiced my concerns, a team member reaches out personally to discuss it. I have watched them make tangible changes to their platform to improve both the creator and reader experience based upon input from their network, which is rare in this day and age.”
GlobalComix acknowledges the vitality of crowdfunding platforms like Patreon and Kickstarter for the creative community, and plans to launch an additional set of tools in the future to help creators promote their campaigns and drive donations more effectively.
“We know that hardcore comic fans understand the value of creators’ contributions to pop culture, and precisely how difficult it is to sustain your career as an independent,” adds Carter. “We want to deepen the connection between fans and creators through GlobalComix. Whether you are producing content or reading it, we’re all here because we love the craft.”
GlobalComix GOLD is available for $7.99 per month at GlobalComix.com.
We believe that amazing comics should be accessible, no matter where they’re made, what language they’re in, or how they’ve been formatted. As comics fans who have a deep appreciation for the craft, we understand that the business of making comics can sometimes feel like feast or famine and that other times it can feel like shooting in the dark.
We set out to create a dynamic platform that could help readers understand the value of artistic labor and help creators earn cash in more consistent and flexible ways. Most importantly, we wanted to promote cross-cultural exchange and help comics fans and makers connect with each other in deeper, more insightful ways.