October 12th, 2012 – New York, NY – Earlier today during this year’s New York Comic Con 2012, Ishimori Production Inc. and comiXology – the revolutionary digital comics platform – announced a digital distribution deal for legendary manga creator Shotaro Ishinomori’s entire catalog. To celebrate, Ishimori and comiXology will be debuting the widely influential Cyborg 009 , Kikaider and Skull Man across comiXology’s entire platform – including iPhone, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire, Windows 8 and the Web.
New and old fans alike, can experience Ishinomori’s classic creations through comiXology’s patent pending Guided View reading technology. For owners of the new iPad, each series can be experienced in comiXology’s high definition CMX-HD format. The launch titles are:
• Cyborg 009 Vol 1-2
• Kikaider Vol 1-2
• Skull Man
“We are honored to team up with Ishinomori and bring a whole new generation of readers to such classic manga series as Cyborg 009 , Kikaider and Skull Man,” said co-founder and CEO David Steinberger. “ComiXology has the best consumer experience anywhere and having the most diverse library available is part of that great experience. Adding these seminal works by Shotaro Ishinomori’s will certainly delight our customers and bring new readers to the platform.”
“Ishinomori is very excited that readers everywhere will be able to experience Shotaro Ishinomori’s work via comiXology, Shotaro Ishinomori would be very happy if he saw this new digital technology making his manga available to the world.” said Masayasu Takigawa, EVP, Ishimori Production Inc. “ComiXology’s shopping and reading experience has no peer in the digital comics marketplace. We look forward to expanding Ishinomori’s library with comiXology for years to come.”
Ishimori Production Inc. and comiXology worked closely together to acquire the highest resolution source material possible to present Ishinomori’s classic manga creations in comiXology’s stunning high-definition comic format – CMX HD – for comiXology fans on the new iPad. With Guided View and CMX-HD, comiXology adds new excitement to these influential classic manga.
Ishimori Production Inc. maintain and develop intellectual property originally created by manga legend Shotaro Ishinomori whose works include Cyborg 009, Kamen Rider, Inazuman, Ganbare!! Robocon, Gorangers, Kikaider, Skull Man and more! Ishinomori’s works date back to 1954, and in 1964 he created Cyborg 009, Japan’s first super powered hero team.
Recently Ishimori Production Inc. partnered with Archaia to create a modern adaptation of the classic Cyborg 009 manga series. Written by F.J. DeSanto and Bradley Cramp and illustrated by Marcus To, Archaia is set to release the graphic novel based on Ishinomori’s original creation early in 2013 and will also be available digitally through comiXology.