Official Press Release
TheÂ Marvel ReEvolutionÂ is here-and comics will never be the same! The future of comic book publishing was unveiled yesterday to the raucous crowd at SXSW Interactive' s ScreenBurn Arcade courtesy of industry superstars Axel Alonso (EditorÂ in Chief, Marvel Comics), Peter Phillips (SVP/GM, Marvel Digital Media) and Jeph Loeb (Head of Marvel Television) during the historicÂ Marvel: House of IdeasÂ panel
An industry first, theÂ Marvel ReEvolutionÂ seamlessly brings the worlds of print and digital media together for a comics experience like no other. The first two elements of this exciting new initiative were revealed asÂ Marvel InfiniteÂ Comics, a new comic book format, andÂ Marvel AR, the first major augmented reality app from a comics company. And fans will not have to wait long to get in on the action as they will both be released with the hotly-anticipatedÂ Avengers X-Men #1Â on April 4th, when the two biggest Super Heroes teams in the world go to war!
"Marvel's always led graphic fiction industry in digital media innovation and theÂ Marvel ReEvolutionÂ is a quantum leap into the future of publishing," said Dan Buckley. Publisher & President of the Print, Animation & Digital Divisions, Marvel Worldwide, Inc. "We see print and digital product as complementary, not competitive-so we've made sure that not only do we have new digital content but also digital products that enhance the printed page. The release ofÂ Avengers VS X-Men #1, the biggest story we've ever told, is the activation point for the re-evolution of comics as a whole."
Marvel InfiniteÂ ComicsÂ represent a new form of comic book storytelling, using tablets and smartphones as a new canvas for storytelling, taking advantage of modern technology while staying true to medium's greatest strengths. The first comic released in this format will beÂ Avengers VS X-Men #1 Infinite, from acclaimed creators Mark Waid and Stuart Immonen and available on April 4thÂ for purchase on theÂ Marvel Comics app, free with the redemption of the code found in print copies ofÂ Avengers VS X-Men #1Â or included with the purchase of the digital version.
"We call theseÂ Marvel Infinite ComicsÂ because the storytelling possibilities are, frankly, infinite. Writers and artists now have a whole host of new tools at their disposal to redefine the comic book medium," said Alonso. "Current tablets and smartphones, along with comiXology's Guided View technology, allow us to develop new, full length stories for a different medium that are very much truly comics-but experienced by readers in a way no other major company has ever executed."
TheÂ Marvel ARÂ app, powered by Aurasma, will be released in April for iOS and Android devices. By opening this app and scanning select Marvel products featuring theÂ Marvel ARÂ logo, you'll unlock exclusive content starring the world's most popular Super Heroes -- including Iron Man, Thor, Captain America, Spider-Man, Wolverine, Hulk and many others! Go behind the scenes of your favorite comics, see new footage, hear from creators, catch yourself up on past events and more!
"Marvel ARÂ is a perfect example of how digital innovation not only gives added value to print comics, but also brings a delivers an entirely new reading experience," explained Phillips. "Now fans will have access to more behind-the-scenes material from their favorite Marvel products than ever before-and it's all absolutely free."
Check outÂ www.marvel.comÂ for more information on theÂ Marvel ReEvolutionÂ and stay tuned for exciting developments as the comic industry changes forever.
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