Digital Comics vendor Graphicly has acquired Double Feature, a mobile comics reader application, from the Chicago comics studio, Four Star Studios. Graphicly will also add Josh Emmons, the developer of the Double Feature comics application, to its development team.
Double Feature is both a digital comics reading application and an independently produced serialized digital comics anthology. Each issue of the Double Feature anthology is focused on some genre-theme and offers two eight-page comics stories for 99 cents. The Double Feature reader technology offers the ability to provide “extras” to the reader. Double Feature digital comics stories allow the reader to see earlier stages of the comics drawings, all the way back to the pencils. Double Feature comics can also offer soundtracks or an artists commentary track with comments and discussion by the cartoonists over the artistic choices they made. Four Star Studio is comprised of Tim Seeley, Josh Emmons, Mike Notron and Sean Dove.
“The technology let’s you roll back the comic and see its development and read commentary by the creators,” said Ron Richards, Graphicly v-p of external relations. Double Feature’s technology will be integrated into the Graphicly platform, Richards said. Graphically will make Four Star comics available on Apple and Android devices, Nook Color and the Kindle Fire and will continue to be available through the Double Feature application for the iPad. Double Feature comics are also available as DRM-free PDFs.
Graphicly CEO Micah Baldwin said, “When we evaluated mobile readers on that market, we just kept coming back to Double Feature as the application we would most like to emulate.” Richards said, “We’ve wanted to work together with Double Feature for a long time and we’re really excited to add Josh Emmons to our team.”