For most of its existence, peer-to-peer file-sharing protocol BitTorrent has been associated with mass piracy, a reputation the company of the same name (co-founded by Bram Cohen, inventor of the protocol) has fought against in recent years. To that end, BitTorrent started offering commercial bundles of music and TV shows in 2013, and today unveiled its first foray into comic books: "The Dynamite Mega Bundle," featuring more than 200 digital comics released by Dynamite Entertainment.
The bundle has both a pay-what-you-want option, with more than 170 comics available for a minimum of $6, along with 30 comics free to download. Comics offered include "Kirby: Genesis," "Bob's Burgers," "Project Superpowers," "Red Sonja," "Kevin Smith's Green Hornet" and the full run of Dynamite's adaptation of Robert Jordan's "Wheel of Time."
"The Dynamite Mega Bundle speaks to why we built Bundle; to empower publishers and allow them to distribute their content directly to their audience, in the manner they see fit," Austin Briggs, Content Strategist of BitTorrent Bundle, said in a statement. "We are very excited to partner with Dynamite to offer fans such an exciting collection of amazing work to comic book and graphic novel fans around the world via BitTorrent Bundle."
The Dynamite Mega Bundle will be available for five days, from today through Friday, April 17. BitTorrent is the latest online outlet to offer digital comics on a pay-what-you-want basis -- multiple major publishers have offered comics through Humble Bundle, including Image Comics, Dark Horse Comics, IDW Publishing, BOOM! Studios, Dynamite and Archie Comics.