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NEWS | ComiXology debuts 400 French language comics today
Published on Wednesday, June 19, 2013 by
Digital comics distributor comiXology to debut significant amount of French comics content from 14 publishers today in all native French-speaking European territories; subset of titles to be made available in North America and elsewhere.

From the press release:

June 19th, 2013 – Paris, France / New York, NY – ComiXology has taken its next step in global expansion today with the debut of over 400 French language titles from 14 of the top French publishers of bandes dessinées, comics, graphic novels and manga. The publisher’s included in this launch – Aelement Comics, Akileos, Ankama, Éditions Ça et Là, Éditions Delcourt, Glénat Éditions, I Can Fly, Indeez Urban Éditions, Los Brignolès Éditions, Panini Comics, Sandawe, Soleil Productions, Wanga Comics et WEBellipses – together make up almost 40% of the entire French bandes dessinée, comic book, graphic novel, and manga market.

This French content debut coincides with comiXology’s launch of version 3.3 of its iOS app, enabling fans across the globe to navigate comiXology in French on their iPhone & iPad devices. French navigation on comiXology’s Android app will follow shortly. These updates mark a first step towards full French localization across all supported platforms planned for later this year.

The expansion into France recently started this past January, when comiXology announced the formation of comiXology Europe, a division headquartered in Paris, France, that continues to spearhead international language content acquisition across the European continent…

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All French language content released today is available in native French speaking European countries and a subset of the titles will also be available worldwide, including the United States.

Whether or not the distributor will preemptively censor certain content from the company’s iOS app to meet their interpretation of Apple’s content guidelines, as comiXology has done before, remains to be seen, but it is worth noting that Apple recently forced French publisher Izneo to remove 1,500 of its comics from the Apple App Store based on vague proscriptions that led Izneo officials to remove any and all of their comics “revealing a breast, causing cleavage, curve, or evoking a suggestive gesture” from the iOS app system.

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