Dark Horse Comics Brings ‘Hellboy,’ ‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer’ and More to Comics Plus: Library Edition

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Recorded Books and iVerse Media finalize deal with Dark Horse Comics

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We are thrilled with the addition of the popular Dark Horse brand and with our depth of titles for libraries in North America.

Recorded Books and iVerse Media have announced that Dark Horse Comics is joining the Comics Plus: Library Edition program. Dark Horse’s line of digital trade editions includes iconic titles like Mike Mignola’s Hellboy and Joss Whedon’s Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

“As a lifelong fan of Dark Horse, I am thrilled that they’re joining us in Comics Plus: Library Edition,” said iVerse Media CEO Michael Murphey. “With almost 1,000 graphic novels from Dark Horse being added into the program, there truly is something here for every type of reader. We think both patrons and librarians are going to be really excited to have Dark Horse onboard.”

“For decades, libraries have been where many people became Dark Horse fans. With the growth of ebook programs over the past few years, more library patrons than ever are discovering graphic novels,” said Mark Bernardi, Dark Horse director of digital publishing. “We are excited about this new relationship and know that working with iVerse Media is going to help countless new readers discover and enjoy Dark Horse titles for years to come.”

Comics Plus: Library Edition, the largest library-circulating online comics service, allows library patrons to check out as many comics and graphic novels as they want and stream them to mobile devices or computers. The Comics Plus: Library Edition collection includes over 19,000 comics, all of which are available for immediate checkout.

“We are thrilled with the addition of the popular Dark Horse brand and with our depth of titles for libraries in North America,” said Jim Schmidt, senior vice president of sales and marketing at Recorded Books.

For Librarians:
Comics Plus: Library Edition is an innovative digital comics service that makes it easier and more cost-effective than ever before to bring comics into your library! For more information email comicsplus(at)recordedbooks(dot)com or call 1-877-828-2833.

For Library Patrons:
Would you like to have Comics Plus: Library Edition in your local library? Visit iwantcomicsplus.com and let your local library know!

About Dark Horse
For 30 years, Dark Horse Comics has proven to be a solid example of how integrity and innovation can help broaden a unique storytelling medium and establish a small, homegrown company as an industry giant. Founded in 1986 by Mike Richardson, the company is known for the progressive and creator-friendly atmosphere it provides for writers and artists. In addition to publishing comics from top talent, such as Eric Powell, Mike Mignola, Geof Darrow, Brian Wood, Gail Simone, Stan Sakai, and Guillermo del Toro, as well as comics legends such as Will Eisner, Milo Manara, Kazuo Koike, Neil Gaiman and Frank Miller, Dark Horse has developed its own successful properties, such as The Mask, Ghost, X and Barb Wire. Its successful line of comics, manga and products based on popular properties includes Dragon Age, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Aliens, Conan, Tomb Raider, Halo, The Witcher, Serenity, Game of Thrones, and Avatar: The Last Airbender. Today Dark Horse Comics is the largest independent comic book publisher in the US and is recognized as one of the world’s leading entertainment publishers.

About Recorded Books, Inc.
Recorded Books is the largest independent publisher of unabridged audiobooks and provider of digital media to consumer, retail, professional, school, library and infotainment markets. The company owns an exclusive catalog of more than 22,000 audiobook titles narrated by professional, award-winning actors. Recorded Books provides digital audiobooks and eBooks, as well as other compelling third-party content, including digital magazines and films, through its proprietary RBdigital Gateway platform. The company operates in the United Kingdom through its W. F. Howes subsidiary and in Australia through its Wavesound subsidiary. Recorded Books, founded in 1979 and headquartered in Prince Frederick, MD, acquired both Tantor Media and HighBridge Audio in 2014. For more information, visit recordedbooks.com.

About iVerse Media and Comics Plus: Library Edition
iVerse Media is a leading digital content distributor focused on the world of comics and popular culture. Founded in 2008, the company was one of the first to launch digital comics on mobile devices. With millions of iVerse-powered products downloaded, the “iVerse Engine” continues to be one of the most popular and widely used platforms for reading digital comics in the world. In 2012, iVerse expanded its digital presence by launching Comics Plus for iOS, Android and the Web. The company is principally located in Waco, TX.

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