Comic book subscription service Inkypen heading to Nintendo Switch

Posted on August 25, 2018

Ever wanted to read comics on your Nintendo Switch? With Inkypen, the upcoming comic book subscription service announced at Gamescom, now you can! Monthly subscribers will be able to access over 10,000 digital graphic novels and comic books on their Nintendo Switch.

Comics will be able to be read on both docked and handheld mode, with both joy-con and touch screen support. Popular comic series like Judge Dredd, Sonic the Hedgehog and Transformers will be available on the service, with more to be added over time. Whilst an Australian price hasn’t been announced, Inkypen’s website states that it will be a monthly price of $7.99US, or local equivalent.

Currently, popular comics publishers Valiant, IDW and Dynamite, among others, will be available on the service. There will also be international content, including European comics and manga. No news regarding superhero giants Marvel or DC, but if Inkypen becomes very popular, who knows?

According to Inkypen’s chief executive Ronan Huggard, the key appeal of Inkypen is affordability and value for readers. He also hopes that Inkypen can offer a way for people who don’t usually read comics a convenient way of accessing content.

“We have no intention of selling content piecemeal, there are other places for that. We’re bringing an all-you-can-read model to the international community.” 

“I could never afford to truly explore comics growing up, or even at university. Not because I didn’t have enough money, but because they were just too expensive for a student to justify buying. InkyPen solves this.”

This represents Nintendo’s first foray into non-video gaming applications for the Nintendo Switch. Nintendo have thus far resisted adding non-game applications like Netflix to the system. Now, Switch owners will have something to do outside of just playing video games. It is possible that this will set a precedent for similar non-gaming subscription services to be added to the Nintendo Switch.