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Joe Keatinge (joekeatinge) is the writer of Image, Marvel and DC Comics titles including SHUTTER, TECH JACKET DIGITAL, GLORY,  HELL YEAH, MARVEL KNIGHTS: HULK, MORBIUS: THE LIVING VAMPIRE, BATMAN INC. SPECIAL & AMAZING SPIDER-MAN as well as the Executive Editor of Eisner & Harvey award-winning Image Comics anthology, POPGUN, and the Courtney Taylor-Taylor penned ONE MODEL NATION. Keatinge, based out of the Portland, OR comics studio, Tranquility Base, also writes for the premiere French-language magazine on American comics, COMIC BOX. 

When Comixology asked about selecting some of the titles I’m most excited about in the French language offerings on comiXology, I wanted to give a good overview of titles most people new to Bande Dessinée may not be familiar with, from a cross section of publishers I think are all doing interesting work in a variety of genres in a huge diversity of styles. There are a number of great titles available and I skipped over ones I think most people will be aware of (for instance, I highly suggest Julie Maroh’s Le bleu est une couleur chaude from Glenat, but given that the film adaptation, Blue is The Warmest Color is a massive success, you’ve likely found it or will find it on your own) and wanted to give you a sample of recent works for you discover. 

1. Docteur Radar, Vol. 1: Tueur de Savants - Glenat 
I’ll read anything illustrated by Frédéric Bézian, but the story he’s crafted with writer Christmas Simsolo seems tailor made toward my interest, taking place in Paris in 1920, in which a murder by poison on a train leads to a strange murder mystery with roots in everything from Fantomas to the era’s European surrealists. 

2. Love Vol 1 - Ankama 
I discovered Ankama’s Love series last year and am absolutely enthralled. Beautifully illustrated, silent stories of grand subject in naturalistic settings anyone can enjoy. (comixology’s note: There are no words in this book, so you can pick it up and enjoy it even if you don’t speak French! The art speaks for itself.) 

3. Ekho: Monde Miroir - Soleil 
Like many people, I was a massive fan of Alessandro Barbucci’s work on Skydoll and am loving this fantasy series just as much. His already masterful storytelling and character emotion has only increased since Skydoll, so this is one you cannot miss. 

4. Hollywood Killer - Indeez 
I have to admit a slight bias with Hollywood Killer, as I’ve worked with Fabrice Sapolsky on the French comics magazine, Comic Box, but I really enjoyed his collaboration with Ariel Olivetti. A Tarantino-esque crime series set in Hollywood with a biting humor I find makes for a really solid comics cocktail. 

5. Metropolis - Delcourt
Another bias has to be copped here as Delcourt’s the publisher of my work with Ross Campbell, GLORY. However, as I mentioned with Docteur Radar, this is a story tailor-made for me, with an alternate history set in the early 20th century, with a world never faced the horrors of World War I, centered around a macabre murder mystery. Beautiful work. 
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Joe Keatinge (joekeatinge) is the writer of Image, Marvel and DC Comics titles including SHUTTER, TECH JACKET DIGITAL, GLORYHELL YEAH, MARVEL KNIGHTS: HULK, MORBIUS: THE LIVING VAMPIRE, BATMAN INC. SPECIAL & AMAZING SPIDER-MAN as well as the Executive Editor of Eisner & Harvey award-winning Image Comics anthology, POPGUN, and the Courtney Taylor-Taylor penned ONE MODEL NATION. Keatinge, based out of the Portland, OR comics studio, Tranquility Base, also writes for the premiere French-language magazine on American comics, COMIC BOX. 

When Comixology asked about selecting some of the titles I’m most excited about in the French language offerings on comiXology, I wanted to give a good overview of titles most people new to Bande Dessinée may not be familiar with, from a cross section of publishers I think are all doing interesting work in a variety of genres in a huge diversity of styles. There are a number of great titles available and I skipped over ones I think most people will be aware of (for instance, I highly suggest Julie Maroh’s Le bleu est une couleur chaude from Glenat, but given that the film adaptation, Blue is The Warmest Color is a massive success, you’ve likely found it or will find it on your own) and wanted to give you a sample of recent works for you discover. 


1. Docteur Radar, Vol. 1: Tueur de Savants - Glenat 

I’ll read anything illustrated by Frédéric Bézian, but the story he’s crafted with writer Christmas Simsolo seems tailor made toward my interest, taking place in Paris in 1920, in which a murder by poison on a train leads to a strange murder mystery with roots in everything from Fantomas to the era’s European surrealists. 


2. Love Vol 1 - Ankama 

I discovered Ankama’s Love series last year and am absolutely enthralled. Beautifully illustrated, silent stories of grand subject in naturalistic settings anyone can enjoy. (comixology’s note: There are no words in this book, so you can pick it up and enjoy it even if you don’t speak French! The art speaks for itself.) 


3. Ekho: Monde Miroir - Soleil 

Like many people, I was a massive fan of Alessandro Barbucci’s work on Skydoll and am loving this fantasy series just as much. His already masterful storytelling and character emotion has only increased since Skydoll, so this is one you cannot miss. 


4. Hollywood Killer - Indeez 

I have to admit a slight bias with Hollywood Killer, as I’ve worked with Fabrice Sapolsky on the French comics magazine, Comic Box, but I really enjoyed his collaboration with Ariel Olivetti. A Tarantino-esque crime series set in Hollywood with a biting humor I find makes for a really solid comics cocktail. 


5. Metropolis - Delcourt

Another bias has to be copped here as Delcourt’s the publisher of my work with Ross Campbell, GLORY. However, as I mentioned with Docteur Radar, this is a story tailor-made for me, with an alternate history set in the early 20th century, with a world never faced the horrors of World War I, centered around a macabre murder mystery. Beautiful work. 


Festival de la Bande Dessinée d’Angoulême 2014:
ComiXology Takes Comics Further at the 41st Festival de la Bande Dessinée d’Angoulême in France
ComiXology brand ambassadors to showcase French publishers on comiXology and hand out codes for free comics 

January 28th, 2014 – Angoulême, France / New York, NY. – Celebrating their second year of attendance at the Festival de la Bande Dessinée d’Angoulême, comiXology – the revolutionary digital comics platform and recently named #1 Top-Grossing iPad Book App in France for 2013 – returns with panel presentations and brand ambassadors giving away free books during the entire Festival!
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“It’s great to return to the Festival de la Bande Dessinée d’Angoulême as we continue to expand our global presence with some great announcements this week and beyond,” said comiXology co-founder & CEO David Steinberger. “And for all of those people that will be with us at Angoulême: be sure to get your free BD!”
Here’s a list of events & giveaways comiXology will have during the Festival de la Bande Dessinée d’Angoulême ‘14:
Thursday, January 30

PANEL – 4:00 – 5:00pm – A New Way To Think & Create Digital Comics With ComiXology, @ Pavillion Jeunes TalentsSpeakers: David Steinberger (comiXology co-founder & CEO), Geoffo & Mast (Creators – Marvel, Thrillbent), Emily & Simon (Creators – MediaEntity, Éditions Delcourt)

Saturday, February 1

PANEL – 5:00pm – All Forms of Digital Comics With ComiXology @ Pavillion Jeunes TalentsSpeakers: David Steinberger (comiXology co-founder & CEO), Jean-Luc Sala (Creator – Soleil Productions), Thomas Cadène (Creator – Delcourt, Dupuis, Casterman), Geoffo & Mast (Creators – Marvel, Thrillbent), Marion Amirganian (Publisher – Delcourt).

Here is a list of the free digital comics that will be handed out at the publishers’ booth:
Les Légendaires tome 1 from Delcourt
Okko tome 1 from Delcourt
Les Naufragés d’Ythaq tome 1 from Soleil
Les P’tits Diables tome 1 from Soleil
Secrets Bancaires USA tome 1 from Glénat
Special Branch tome 1 from Glénat
Freaks’ Squeele : Rouge tome 1 from Ankama
City Hall tome 1 from Ankama
Kairos tome 1 from Ankama
ComiXology capped off 2013 by charting as iTunes’ #1 Top Grossing non-game iPad App for 2013 in the U.S., and the Top-Grossing iPad Book App for 2013 in France, Belgium, Germany, Spain and the UK!
At last year’s Festival de la Bande Dessinée d’Angoulême, comiXology first announced it’s intention to enter the French market by announcing the opening of Paris-based comiXology Europe, the company’s first overseas subsidiary, which is spearheading international language content acquisition across Europe. French language navigation, a precursor to full French localization, was added to comiXology’s iOS apps in June of 2013. The Franco-Belgian market is home to a ravenous base of comic book fans, which account for a $700 million annual market – roughly on par with the U.S. market.
This year marks comiXology’s second attending the Festival de la Bande Dessinée d’Angoulême. Now in its 41st year, the festival is considered the premier comics show in Europe with over 200,000 attendees every year and playing host to creators, cartoonists, publishers, and fans from around the world.
With over 45,000 comics and graphic novels from more than 75 publishers, comiXology offers the widest selection of digital comics in the world. ComiXology’s immense catalog and unique Guided View reading experience is available across the iPhone, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire, Windows 8, and www.comixology.com – making it the best digital platform for comic and graphic novel fans worldwide.
About comiXologyComiXology has revolutionized the comic book and graphic novel industry by delivering a cloud-based digital comics platform that makes discovering, buying, and reading comics more fun than ever before. ComiXology’s Guided View™ reading technology transforms the comic book medium into an immersive and cinematic experience, helping comiXology become one of iTunes top grossing iPad apps in 2011, 2012 and 2013. Offering the broadest library of comic book content from the top 75 publishers, and including independent creators as well, comiXology will not stop until everyone on the face of the planet has become a comic book fan. A privately held company, comiXology is based in New York City, with offices in Los Angeles and Paris. For more information, visit www.comixology.com.

Festival de la Bande Dessinée d’Angoulême 2014:

ComiXology Takes Comics Further at the 41st Festival de la Bande Dessinée d’Angoulême in France

ComiXology brand ambassadors to showcase French publishers on comiXology and hand out codes for free comics

January 28th, 2014 – Angoulême, France / New York, NY. – Celebrating their second year of attendance at the Festival de la Bande Dessinée d’Angoulême, comiXology – the revolutionary digital comics platform and recently named #1 Top-Grossing iPad Book App in France for 2013 – returns with panel presentations and brand ambassadors giving away free books during the entire Festival!

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