Manga Studio (Pro version) for $99

Smith Micro, makers of Manga Studio (and Poser), are pushing the digital comics production software quite heavily this month. They have a 2010 Web Seminar with veteran British comics artist Dave Gibbons, which they are now offering for free

“Dave Gibbons shares how to create compelling comic illustrations from start to finish in Manga Studio.”

They also have a “Create your Own Superhero!” contest, and Manga Studio EX 4 (it’s the Pro version) gets a very healthy discount from $299.99 to $99.99. Manga Studio EX ships with the best range and quality of black ink brushes in the business, so if you were interested in getting a good drawing tool to make content for CrazyTalk Animator, this might be it.

Incidentally, ICv2 has just released its figures for the digital comics market in 2011: still rather small, at $25 million. But growing fast, since it’s triple the same sales for 2010.