Thursday July 21, 201112:59 Hello! Should be starting soon.
1:01 Marvel's Ryan Penagos — aka Twitter's @Agent_M — starts the panel by introducing one of the Marvel.com "What The--?" videos.
1:05 Also on the panel: John Cerilli, John Dokes, David Gabriel, Marvel.com video host Grace Randolph, and video game production VP TQ Jefferson.
1:06 Penagos recaps Marvel.com and their social networking efforts. "We want to connect with you guys 1-on-1. Like Stan Lee back in the day, we put a face to Marvel," he says.
1:08 Now they're showing one of their "The Watcher" videos.
1:09 Specifically, a promo with the full Kirby Krackle-performed theme song.
1:11 "That was a world premiere," Penagos notes. The band, Kirby Krackle, is brought up to the panel.
1:12 "We wanted something upbeat and fast for the video," one of the Krackle member says, adding that they discussed who would be the "coolest" of the heroes to include.
1:14 "It gives you a fun and unique perspective that only Marvel can give you," Randolph says of The Watcher.
1:15 Penagos notes that a lot of fans are "curious" about digital comics. He plugs Digital Comics Unlimited.
1:15 "It's continuing to grow," Dokes says of digital comics.
1:17 Turning to the iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch apps, Gabriel says, "We've been testing day and dates since last October. It's proven pretty popular. So far, they've actually helped retailers sell the hard copies as well."
1:17 "We are going to be moving into more day and dates in the next six to eight months," Gabriel added.
1:18 Starting with Spider-Island, all Spider-Man books will be going day and date, including Venom and all Spider-Island tie-ins. Taking place over the next two months.
1:19 "By the end of October and into November, the X-Men line will be moving into day and date," Gabriel said, starting with Wolverine and the X-Men #1 and the new Uncanny X-Men #1.
1:20 Gabriel credited the success of the X-Men Schism #1 day and date release as partial motivation for the move.
1:21 Moving closer to the Avengers movie next summer, more Marvel Universe titles will go same-day digital, Gabriel said. The Ultimate books will continue to be same-day digital, including the four new #1s coming this fall.
1:24 Jefferson discusses the retro-styled Marvel flash games they've been releasing on their site, with a Captain America one being the latest.
1:26 Latest video up is the Joe Quesada response to an issue of Avengers Academy being deep-fried on an episode of 30 Rock.
1:29 Dokes says they're looking at ways to integrate Marvel Digital Comics Unlimited and the iOs apps.
1:30 "We have to balance that, but there will be some connection happening soon," Dokes says.
1:31 Jefferson says it's a safe bet that the Avengers and Amazing Spider-Man movies will have tie-in video games.
1:36 Some audience Q&A: a fan says digital comics allowed her to find a multitude of back issues. "Do you find that's helping to bring in new readers?"
1:36 "We've heard a lot of stories similar to that," Gabriel answers.
1:37 Gabriel said they've heard stories from retailers about people who ended up buying comics in print after sampling them digitally.
1:38 Earlier, Gabriel called the relationship between digital comics and traditional retailers a "win/win situation" in many cases.
1:39 That's it!
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