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This Spring, Marvel Entertainment takes Austin, Texas by storm in its inaugural appearance at the South By Southwest Interactive Festival with the Marvel: Digital House of Ideas panel at SXSW ScreenBurn.
In this historic event on Sunday, March 11 at 1pm on the IGN stage at the Palmer Events Center, Axel Alonso (Marvel Comics Editor in Chief), Jeph Loeb (Head of Marvel Television) and Peter Phillips (SVP & GM, Marvel Digital Media Group) unveil Marvelâ€™s bold new multimedia plans that includes the premiere of Marvel’s revolutionary new ways to read comics.
Not only does this mark the first major appearance by a comic book publisher in SXSW history, but Marvel is coming armed with the big newsâ€”and exclusive animation footageâ€”that canâ€™t be missed by any fan in attendance.Â Best of all, this event is free and open to the public, so everyone can be on hand to see Marvelâ€™s newest innovations.
â€śMarvelâ€™s always been the industry leader in graphic fiction & digital media and with the announcements weâ€™ve planned, we couldnâ€™t have picked a more appropriate show than SXSW,â€ť said Dan Buckley. Publisher & President of the Print, Animation & Digital Divisions, Marvel Worldwide, Inc. â€śWeâ€™re big believers that both print and digital can work hand-in-hand to bring more readers to comics than ever beforeâ€”and if youâ€™re at SXSW Interactive youâ€™ll be the first to see just how weâ€™re going to do that.â€ť
Since the launch of Marvel Digital Comics Unlimited in 2007, the first major digital comics program in comics history, Marvel has been on the forefront of digital comics publishing with innovations such as the landmark Marvel Comics app in 2010. Since then, Marvel has expanded its digital comics offerings to numerous platforms, while also becoming the first comics company to offer free digital copies with select print issues and comic shop coupons with the purchase of a digital comic.
“We are very excited to have Marvel on board for the ScreenBurn portion of the 2012 SXSW Interactive Festival,â€ť said Hugh Forrest, Director of SXSW Interactive. â€śThe presence of this industry leader is another indicator of the growth and maturation of the event. Marvel’s addition to the SXSW lineup will add even more flavor to the mix of creative energy that fills Austin in March.”
After the Marvel: Digital House of Ideas panel concludes, fans in attendance will receive a limited edition lithograph (while supplies last) and a chance to have it signed by Alonso & Loeb in a special Marvel signing session.
â€śMarvelâ€™s fans are the best in the worldâ€”bar noneâ€”and Iâ€™m excited to meet more of them at SXSWâ€ť said Alonso. â€śWe have exciting new plans that youâ€™ll see implemented with the release of Avengers VS X-Men #1 thatâ€™ll take the biggest comics event in history and make it even bigger!â€ť