You heard it right. iFanboy has been acquired by Graphic.ly. The deal includes iFanboy.com, our various shows, and Josh Flanagan, Ron Richards, and Conor Kilpatrick as talent.
Graphic.ly has the future in mind, and that’s something iFanboy has always valued. Their first product is a digital comics reader and platform, a movement iFanboy have always supported. But in addition to that, Graphic.ly is very committed to being a part of the comics community at large, and to growing the comics audience. They expressed an interest in bringing some folks on who were respected in the comic book industry and had developed an awesome community of comic book lovers. Eventually when all those people turned them down, they were stuck with us.
Another fun fact is that Kevin Mann, one of the founders of Graphic.ly, got back into comics after becoming a big fan of iFanboy’s shows. Shortly after getting back into comics, Kevin began to investigate digital comics which then lead to the creation of Graphic.ly’s digital comics application. So, in a way, Graphic.ly is all iFanboy’s fault.
Here's Graphic.ly's press release on the deal.
As far as iFanboy is concerned, this is absolutely fantastic news, and the future is looking very promising.
We’re guessing a lot of questions will come up in the wake of this news, so we thought we’d prepare some answers for your curious minds. Additionally, feel free to ask more in the comments, and we’ll try to answer as many as we can.
“What does this mean for iFanboy?”
For one thing, it means iFanboy will continue as you’ve known it, and possibly (hopefully) even better, into the foreseeable future. And no, that was not a foregone conclusion. If you like iFanboy, then you very likely owe Graphic.ly a note of thanks, because they came along at just the right time.
As far as content goes, it doesn’t mean anything. That is to say that Josh Flanagan, Ron Richards, and Conor Kilpatrick are still running iFanboy, Graphic.ly is supportive of there being an editorial wall between iFanboy and Graphic.ly, meaning that it will continue to have the voice and tone you’ve come to expect from the website and the shows, and we would never change that. We might be offering some more content, and we’ll be growing the website, but at the core of iFanboy will be three good friends (and a few of their friends) who love comics, and don’t mind a good laugh. We want the best for comics, and that is, and always has been, our goal with iFanboy.
Our audio and video shows will remain as they have been. This deal does not impact our relationship with Revision3, who distribute our video show. As always, we’ll be looking for ways to improve our various shows, and to serve the audience the best way we can.
We’ve all got ideas of how to make iFanboy.com a better website, and in addition to the many suggestions we’ve heard from many of you, there are countless other improvements and updates we’ve been unable to implement yet, being limited by resources as we have been. In short, we took iFanboy about as far as we could on our own. But now, by partnering with Graphic.ly, we will be able to do a lot of things we’ve always wanted to do because Graphic.ly has committed to helping us build and evolve. We want to take iFanboy to the next step and Graphic.ly is going to help us do that. As far as we’re concerned, only good things can come of this. In the short term, we’ll be looking at updating and improving the website (which admittedly has a bit of a Millenium Falcon thing going on), and to expanding our content.
“What if I don’t want iFanboy to change?”
We’ve got good news and bad news for you. The website is going to change. But only because we’ll be slowly adding more of what you already loved about iFanboy. More writing, more reviews, more features, more fun, more discussions, more creators, more anything we can think of to make iFanboy better for you. This development will finally give us the opportunity to improve iFanboy in all the ways we’ve wanted to, but haven’t been able to because we have lacked the time and the resources and the manpower that are needed to make our ideas a reality.
“So why do you still need iFanboy Members?”
This is a key question. We’re guessing a lot of iFanboy Members are thinking they’re wasting their money now, right? Not true! You Members are still needed, more than ever, in fact! Quite simply, you’re the most valuable resource we have at iFanboy. The Members literally kept us going, and as our most important source of revenue, we need to make sure that iFanboy Members don’t abandon us. We absolutely still need you. Therefore, we’ll be thinking of more things we can do to ramp up the ways that we reward people for being iFanboy Members. That means more giveaways and exclusives will be yours for standing with us and supporting us for all this time. Stick around, and we’ll make it worth it, as we hopefully always have in the past. We cannot express our gratitude enough for your generosity in helping us achieve so much, and hopefully continue to do so. We won’t let you down.
“Are you rich now?”
Oh, that’s a funny one. We are most emphatically not rich now. We’re not even close to being rich. Please rest assured that we’re doing this, more than anything else, for the love of comics and for the love of what iFanboy has become over these last nine years, because, as we said, definitely not rich.
“What about Longbox, iVerse, PanelFly and the other digital comics applications out there? iFanboy’s been very outspoken in covering digital comics, is Graphic.ly all we’ll hear about?”
You’re absolutely right, we are outspoken about covering digital comics because we do believe that digital comics are going to play a big part in the future of the industry. In fact, partnering with Graphic.ly shows you just how much we do believe in the future of digital comics. But no, iFanboy will not become the mouthpiece for Graphic.ly. Ask their CEO, Micah Baldwin: Graphic.ly doesn’t want us to focus solely on them, because doing that wouldn’t serve the comics industry. So we will be continuing with our coverage of the comics industry just as we’ve always done, and that will include digital comics and all those who offer them. We’re excited to see what the future holds and look forward to using all the digital comics offerings as they become available and/or continue to develop.
“What about the Longbox Beta Codes we were expecting?”
We’d very much like to provide beta codes to the iFanboy Community once the Longbox public beta is released, which many of you have been anxiously awaiting. We’ll be talking to the team at Longbox to verify that we’ll be able to. If you’re interested in Longbox, be sure to let them know that you’re from the iFanboy community and would still like to get beta access.
"What about Murmur?"
Murmur.com and the Murmur Podcast are not a part of this deal and remains unaffected and independent. Murmur will continue to run as it always has.
“So what now?”
Well now that you’ve been updated to what’s going on behind the scenes at iFanboy HQ, sit back, read some articles, watch or listen to a show and continue to enjoy everything the world of iFanboy has to offer as the future is looking very bright indeed!
We’d also like to take the time to thank everyone for their tremendous support and positivity over the years. From our staff of writers, to all the amazing creators and comics publishers we've had the pleasure of covering, to the other stellar comics websites and podcasts that we’re so proud to associate with, to our close friends and business advisors, and most of all: You. Without you and everyone else mentioned above, iFanboy would not be what it is today. There are too many people to thank specifically, but hopefully everyone knows how deeply appreciative we are and will continue to be the best friends, partners, colleagues, writers and show producers we can be, so that you continue to enjoy what we do.
If you have any questions at all, feel free to leave a comment here (we’ll do our best to ensure everyone gets some kind of answer, even if it takes a while, though keep in mind we might not be able to answer every question) or e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org.