2000AD Goes App Store Digital
Posted by deanjsimons on August 9, 2012
2000AD, the British weekly comic anthology home of Judge Dredd, Strontium Dog and Nikolai Dante, has taken a quantum leap further into the realm of digital distribution with the release of its own iPad app.
The app, which also runs on iPhone devices, was launched on Friday on the Apple digital Newsstand, and features a back catalogue of every issue released since January of this year, including the annual jumping-on point for new stories, Prog 2012. The app comes with a free download sampler of content from recent 2000AD stories, including the first part of the latest Judge Dredd epic, Day of Chaos.
With day and date distribution and no region-locking, the app is available globally, so those unable to indulge in the British comic before, or forced to wait for it to be shipped overseas, can finally get their hands on the latest dose of the comic’s own unique brand of “Thrill Power”. In addition to being able to purchase individual issues, the app also offers users a subscription option on a 1 month, 3 month, and 12 month basis, with savings and back issue access as an added bonus to subscribing.
Editor Matt Smith said, “Making 2000AD as accessible as possible is something we’ve been working towards for some time. For the first time we can offer easy, quick digital subscriptions so that readers can download the latest issue with a single push of a button.”
He added, “With the Dredd 3D film coming in September and amazing storylines from some of the top talent in the industry, there’s never been a better time to subscribe to 2000AD.”
Issues are priced at £1.99 ($2.99) each. Subscriptions available on 1 month, 3 month or 12 month bases priced at £7.49 ($10.99), £20.99 ($29.99), and £74.99 ($109.99) respectively. With the price of the print editions slowly rising, currently it is £2.35 in the UK, the digital price for single issues is cheaper than print.
Current print subscribers will not be receiving free access to the new app. PR rep Michael Molcher stated, “We don’t have any plans for this for the time being.”
He added that the reception of the app has so far been: “Excellent. The feedback has been really positive. We knew there was a hunger for 2000AD digital subscriptions and we’re now able to deliver.”
Reporter: Dean Simons