Last week, we noted that comiXology had added a major French publisher, Glénat, to its lineup. The other shoe drops today with the news that the digital-comics giant has signed 12 more French publishers: Aelement Comics, Akileos, Ankama, Éditions Ça et Là, I Can Fly, Indeez Urban Éditions, Los Brignolès Éditions, Panini Comics, Sandawe, Soleil Productions, Wanga Comics and WEBellipses.
Together with Delcourt, which comiXology brought aboard in January, this group represents 40 percent of the French comics market and more than 400 titles. You can find the French-language comics here; if you were thinking it might be a little classier to read Kick-Ass in French, well, here's your chance. All the French comics released today are available in French-speaking European countries, and most of them are available in the United States as well.
This is a logical move for comiXology; as CEO David Steinberger observed at SXSW, 40 percent of the company's sales are outside the United States, and this expands the market even further. In keeping with this, comiXology has included a French-language navigation option in the latest release of its iOS app, version 3.3, and Android users will soon get that option as well.
ComiXology en Français! ComiXology Takes Next Step In Global Expansion
With Todays’ Debut of Over 400 French Language Titles from 14 French Publishers
June 19th, 2013 – Paris, France / New York, NY – ComiXology has taken its next step in global expansion today with the debut of over 400 French language titles from 14 of the top French publishers of bandes dessinées, comics, graphic novels and manga. The publisher’s included in this launch – Aelement Comics, Akileos, Ankama, Éditions Ça et Là, Éditions Delcourt, Glénat Éditions, I Can Fly, Indeez Urban Éditions, Los Brignolès Éditions, Panini Comics, Sandawe, Soleil Productions, Wanga Comics et WEBellipses – together make up almost 40% of the entire French bandes dessinée, comic book, graphic novel, and manga market.
This French content debut coincides with comiXology’s launch of version 3.3 of its iOS app, enabling fans across the globe to navigate comiXology in French on their iPhone & iPad devices. French navigation on comiXology’s Android app will follow shortly. These updates mark a first step towards full French localization across all supported platforms planned for later this year.
The expansion into France recently started this past January, when comiXology announced the formation of comiXology Europe, a division headquartered in Paris, France, that continues to spearhead international language content acquisition across the European continent.
“The Franco-Belgian comic market is one of the biggest in the world, and we’ve been honored to have so many fantastic French publishers sign up with us since our debut in January,” said co-founder and CEO of comiXology David Steinberger. “ComiXology is proud to make French comics more accessible in France and around the globe. Launching this content will showcase how the comiXology digital reading experience truly is the best way to read French comics today.”
All French language content released today is available in native French speaking European countries and a subset of the titles will also be available worldwide, including the United States.
ComiXology already has a strong international customer base across almost every continent around the globe. Providing new and existing comiXology fans the opportunity to purchase and experience content in the language of their choice is part of a global expansion strategy.
At the end of 2012, Apple revealed that comiXology’s iPad app ranked #3 in Apple’s Top Ten Grossing list for 2012, and was the only app to make the Top Ten list for 2 years consecutively. Previous to this in October of 2012, comiXology crested 100 million comic and graphic novel downloads with more than 50 million of those happening in 2012 alone – continuing a trajectory of record-shattering growth.
With over 35,000 comics and graphic novels from more than 75 publishers, comiXology offers the widest selection of digital comics in the world. ComiXology’s availability across the iPhone, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire, Windows 8 and the Web makes it the best digital platform for newly interested, current and lapsed comic and graphic novel fans worldwide.