POW!, iBooks and Komikwerks Launch Online Comics Service

Posted on August 27, 2004

POW! Entertainment, Inc., an entertainment and media company, announced that it has teamed with ibooks and Komikwerks to launch Stan Lee's Sunday Comics. Stan Lee's Sunday Comics is a new online comics subscription service that launched this past week on Komikwerks.com, and was recently announced at the 2004 San Diego Comic-Con. The service is a new business venture involving Stan Lee, Chief Creative Officer of POW! Entertainment, Inc., ibooks, Inc., and Komikwerks, LLC. Featured on the site are comics by top creators such as Joe Kubert, Bernie Wrightson, Keith Giffen and Gil Kane. Stan Lee's Sunday Comics will cost $4.95 per month or $49.95 for a year's subscription.

"This website is a great way to get fantastic comics by legendary creators out to readers all over the world. I'm excited to be a part of it!" said Stan Lee, who as the host of Sunday Comics, will be authoring his trademark column "Stan's Soapbox" every week, exclusively on the Sunday Comics page. "I've known Byron Preiss at ibooks for years -- he's got a real knack for picking and publishing some of the best comics from around the world. And Komikwerks is doing a bang-up job with their website -- there's so much great stuff on there, it's -- dare I say -- uncanny!"

Stan Lee's Sunday Comics will update every Sunday with new installments of each of the comics it offers, as well as a new Stan's Soapbox. At the time of the website's launch, there are four titles under the Sunday Comics banner, and new titles will be added every month. The initial four comics are Joe Kubert's Yossel: April 19, 1943, Jimmy Gownley's Amelia Rules!, Bernie Wrightson's Captain Sternn, and Keith Giffen's Trencher. Yossel is nominated for an Eisner Award this year, and Amelia Rules! has been previously nominated for the prestigious award. Illustrator Bernie Wrightson's Captain Sternn and Eisner-winner Keith Giffen's Trencher have been long out of print, and are also available at Stan Lee's Sunday Comics.

Future additions to the site include Terminator: The Burning Earth by Ron Fortier & Alex Ross, The Best of the Ray Bradbury Chronicles by Dave Gibbons, P. Craig Russel, Richard Corben, and Steve Leialoha, Marlowe: The Graphic Novel by Jerome Charyn, David Lloyd, Ryan Hughes, Lee Moyer, and Alfredo Alcala, The Quest for Aberzen by Marc N'Guessan and Christophe Gibelin, Sunn by Steven Roman, Kevin Lau, Alex Nino, & Humberto Ramos, Terminator 2: Judgement Day -- The Graphic Novel by Gregory Wright & Klaus Janson, Isaac Asimov's Derec: The Robot City Manga by Doug Murray and Paul Rivoche, Vietnam Journal by Don Lomax, and The Last Heroes by Gil Kane and Steven Grant.

"I can't tell you how excited we are about this," said Komikwerks co-founder Shannon Denton, "When we started Komikwerks 4 years ago, I never thought that we'd be teaming with such comics legends as Stan "The Man" Lee, Joe Kubert, and Bernie Wrightson. It's pretty amazing!"

Founded in 2000 by Patrick Coyle and Shannon Denton, Komikwerks is a comic publisher dedicated to publishing high-quality, professional level, creator-owned comics through digital and traditional distribution methods. Komikwerks.com launched in March of 2001, and has been name a Sci Fi Channel "Cool Site". Contributors to the Komikwerks site include comic industry veterans from major print publishers such as Marvel, DC, Image, and Dark Horse. Komikwerks' also just published its third comics anthology, Nuts and Bolts.