Mediatoon Licensing Announces Launch of Digital Venture EUROPE COMICS
PARIS, FRANCE (July 20, 2015) – Mediatoon Licensing, a subsidiary of Média-Participations, the largest comics and graphic novel publisher in Europe, has officially confirmed the launch this fall of EUROPE COMICS, as recently announced at the the San Diego Comic Con and BEA. The joint digital initiative will encompass the online distribution of European works in English, the international promotion of European authors and the creation of a European comics online directory.
Behind EUROPE COMICS is a coalition of 13 European comics and graphic novel companies: the publishers Ballon (Belgium), BAO (Italy), Cinebook (UK), Darkwood (Serbia), Dibbuks (Spain), Dargaud (France), Dupuis (Belgium), Le Lombard (Belgium), Tunué (Italy) and Timof (Poland); the Turkish agent Akan Ajans and the French audiovisual company Ellispanime. EUROPE COMICS is coordinated by Mediatoon Licensing and co-funded by the European Union.
The overall objective of the venture is to bring European comics and their authors closer to an international audience of readers and comics professionals. A diverse catalog of mainstream series, fiction and non-fiction graphic novels for adults and children’s titles will be made available in English and in digital format, while European authors will be promoted at live events across Europe and the USA. The www.europecomics.com website will aspire to become a reference for international comics professionals as it will provide useful information regarding European publishers, trade events, academic studies, etc. Also, a number of comics properties will be developed into animated series.
The EUROPE COMICS catalogue will be distributed to all major online retailers and libraries by French digital comics platform izneo.com.