The digital push in comics is huge. So huge, in fact, that even the big players in the industry are beginning to transition into new territory, such as web comics. In the past, webcomics were generally created by lone creators, those who are unpublished and looking to have a creation of their own. But, as the idea of webcomics grew and caught on, it’s caught the eye of Image Comics, who recently announced that their fan-favorite title, Artifacts, will be available on their website for free.
Image Comics and Top Cow Productions, Inc. are excited to reveal that ARTIFACTS will be serialized as a new feature on the front page of topcow.com absolutely free for fans as announced at Emerald City Comicon 2012.
Beginning Tuesday, April 17th, 2012, fans have been able to go to Top Cow’s homepage and read one page per week for free. During the debut week, there were be three new pages of ARTIFACTS for fans to read. A new page will be posted every subsequent Tuesday.
“Given my very vocal feelings about online piracy of comics, maybe people will be surprised to hear that I absolutely love the idea of giving away content,” commented writer Marz. “Artifacts #1 was written to be a ground-floor read, asking only curiosity from the audience, not requiring any knowledge of the Top Cow Universe or characters. You learn everything you need to know in the story. I absolutely believe a big part of comics’ future is digital, so this is another step toward that future. All I’ve ever asked is that the people who own and/or create content be the ones who decide whether or not to give away their content. It’s great that a publisher is choosing to do just that.”
Thirteen mystical Artifacts, including the Witchblade, the Darkness and others, guide the fate of the Top Cow Universe. For centuries, it’s been whispered that bringing together all 13 Artifacts would herald mankind’s destruction. But a mysterious figure has been manipulating events, laying plans to put Armageddon into motion. The final phase begins here, with the abduction of Hope, the daughter of Sara Pezzini and Jackie Estacado. What ensues will remake the entirety of the Top Cow Universe, from the Witchblade and the Darkness, to the Angelus, Magdalena, and even Cyberforce.
ARTIFACTS debuted on the front page of topcow.com on Tuesday, April 17th, 2012.