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Digital comics platform Omnibus comes to iPhones with new iOS app

The revised app for iPhone and iPad comes a week ahead of a beta launch of Omnibus's long-awaited Android app

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Good news for comic fans on the move: Omnibus, the digital comics platform that offers releases from Image Comics, Boom! Studios, IDW Publishing, Dark Horse Comics and more, has officially unveiled its updated iOS app, which brings the digital reader (and digital store) to the iPhone in a fully rebuilt version. (A version that, according to the company, will enable shopping and discovery improvements far quicker than previously!)

“This is the next huge step for Omnibus, finally bringing us into everyone’s pocket and giving fans everywhere a way to read while you’re out and about,” CEO Travis Schmeisser said in a statement.

The new iOS iteration, which also includes an iPad update, is just the start of a push towards broadening Omnibus’s reach; the long-awaited Android version will be rolled out in beta form next week, as well.

Omnibus launched in mid-2023, with its first iPad roll-out available in May of that year; co-founders Travis Schmeisser and Kenny Meyers coming from tech backgrounds in companies like Square, Reddit, Adobe, and Facebook. (Meyers left the company in December 2023, in what Schmeisser called “a necessary development for Omnibus.”) In the space of its first few months, the platform has signed up a number of the the main players in the U.S. comics industry; in addition to the companies mentioned above, Omnibus also includes work from Archie Comics, AHOY Comics, Oni Press, Mad Cave, and more.

Omnibus’s latest push comes less than a week after Marvel announced its partnership with NFT company VeVe to sell digital editions via the VeVe Comics app. It’s been four months since Amazon officially shuttered the ComiXology app and rolled all digital comics reading into its Kindle platform, but it’s beginning to look as if there may be new signs of life in the digital comics space, after all…

The new Omnibus iOS app is available now on Apple's App Store.

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