The app will run a subscription service that offers a “level of new content” for a $3.99 (£2.40) monthly subscription.
The new content will include Empire Volume Two by Waid, Barry Kitson and Chris Sotomayor; The House in the Wall by James Tynion IV, Noah J Yuenkel and Eryk Donovan; Insufferable: Home Field Advantage by Waid Peter Krause, Nolan Woodard and Troy Peteri; The Best Thing by Seanan McGuire; and the return of The Damnation of Charlie Wormwood.
“That’s a lot of new content, and I’ll be blunt – to make sure our artists, colourists and letterers are compensated fairly, and to continue to build a base for other creators to redefine this medium in new and exciting ways, we can’t afford to give it all away for free the same way we’ve been doing,” wrote Waid on the Thrillbent blog.
“But neither do we want to create an unfair barrier to entry. Ultimately, what we arrived at was this: a monthly subscription model that allows access to all Thrillbent material past and present for the price of one print comic: $3.99.
“For that $3.99, you’ll be able to read everything as it rolls out, the moment it’s posted. You’ll receive push and/or e-mail notifications whenever new content is posted.
“Create a subscription account and your info will be kept up-to-date on the website, the iPad app, and all future apps and platforms, meaning wherever you’re signed in, we’ll keep track for you of what you’ve already read and what’s new so you can tell at a glance where you are in any given series. And, yes, anything you’ve already purchased carries over to the new system, no worries there.”
Thrillbent will maintain free content and its DRM-free download store.
Waid added that an Android app is also in development.
The out-of-print Empire will also be made available on Thrillbent.
Mark has long been on the front lines of the digital comics battle and this new app is an incredible new weapon in that melee.