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    • CommentTimeNov 2nd 2009
    @uwspub - Maybe the fact that not everyone that reads comics likes or wants iTunes? The official announcement was in late June. That is, by my math, less than six months ago. There is a wealth of information for Longbox in the thread I already pointed out*, plus there's a bunch of other information you can find by Googling it. Furthermore, all the comics I've actually heard about on iTunes are motion comics, which aren't exactly the same thing as a straight comics-only experience. If there are "normal" comics on there, great, but again, a lot of people don't actually use iTunes for their purchases.

    *Granted, it hasn't been active since September, but that's not that long ago, especially in programming, publishing, and comics worlds.
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    Alex de Campi could tell you. She's been assailing the ramparts of icomics while I was busy assailing Johnny Walker green label.

    edit: which is to say, I haven't been doing my homework.
    • CommentAuthoruwspub
    • CommentTimeNov 2nd 2009
    @Rickiep00h - I checked around the news agencies and the CBR article. Not a heck of a lot of good info. A lot of talk and hype, I guess. I wish they would put up a decent demo and some real info on their site. Something from them, instead of people speculating about them. Are they talking with Apple? MS? Sony? Doesn't seem to work for mobile devices (which would put them OBE right out of the gate if they don't fix that). Looks like it's tied to my computer. I hope it turns out to be something great and worth the wait. I'd love to be able to port my books over for seamless and smooth electronic distribution with no further effort. Right now I have to wait on Apple (taking FOREVER!), not to mention format it twenty different ways for web, Kindle, iPhone, .pdf, etc, etc. Gigantic pain in the ass -- and we make our books for digital! But each company/device a slightly different way of doing things...

    @gzapata and @ Brendan - Google Apps is a tough one. Very few books have gone out on it, as few app distributors want to mess with it. Robot Comics and iVerse both touched it for a time, but not heavily. I think Robot Comics still is. Their free books did pretty well (Hexed was downloaded a bazillion times), but the paid ones didn't do that great, from what I hear. Hard to tell -- no one releases sales figures. I did talk to several people at BCC who had books up through different app merchants -- all were waiting for their first checks...

    I wanted to put SOLDIERS up on Google, but my app guy said "No Way!" A lot of developers are staying away from it due to hardware inconsistency. The Archos V uses Google apps, so does T-Mobile's G1 (or whatever it is now). Both items are decent hardware and would be great to put comics on (especially the Archos V -- that things looks great!) -- but the hardware in each is completely different! So, how do you write your app? With Apple, it's not that way. The hardware is strictly controlled and is very easy for developers to write for. As a result, many app developers are only writing for Apple -- strong audience, good store, easier to code.

    With Kindle and the new "nook" it's a little easier. Screen size is the same, both take html documents, both read .jpg -- easy day.

    As for how many comics are available on iTunes? ICv2 used to track it, but I can't find the page now. It used to be about 200, but that was some time ago -- now I'm sure it's around 1,000 or so. Marvel alone just added about 90 comics with this initial push.
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    Yeah, I'm right there with you concerning the Longbox stuff. Stuff was getting hyped for a while but now it's died down and it doesn't seem like there are firm dates for anything. They gave out beta codes back in July at SDCC and, don't quote me on this, but I'm pretty sure that beta was supposed to have happened back in August or September.

    I suppose the worst part is the lack of specific, concrete news. Keep hearing general things about "discussions" and "NDA's" but at this rate all the interest and fervor will have died down by the time it launches. FYI though, it's supposed to be compatible with various handheld devices, though they haven't said specifically what devices will and won't be supported.
    • CommentAuthorTom Akel
    • CommentTimeNov 16th 2009
    @uwspub, Marvel is still a separate entity from Disney, this has nothing to do with the merger, just a new push on Marvel's behalf.

    @Warren, Freakangels *could* be reformatted for iPhones (or any other device for that matter, i have a Droid) with minimal effort that would make it more user friendly without having to develop an app. It would just be a week of work for someone to do...
    • CommentAuthorMarty Nozz
    • CommentTimeNov 17th 2009

    "Funny you mention DC, gzapata. Dan Didio has famously said DC would never do digital -- I wonder what they are thinking now?"

    The typical mentality that I've seen from DiDio seems to be a backwards one. His current focus seems to be bringing back the Silver Age characters but passing them through a filter of 90s "we make comics dark so you must take them seriously" mindset. It think his statement on digital is a reflection of his current paradigm:

    Not how it was when I was a kid = bad

    Fortunately, it seems he doesn't have final say on the matter.
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    Although I can't get the Marvel stuff in the UK on Comixology, I read some of the older stuff on the Marvel Digital Page. The Comixology App has introduced me to a lot of new stuff like Irredeemable, Invincible, Grimm Fairy Tales and Astounding Wolf Man. I also read Freakangels on my iPhone. I have no LCS near me and this helps!

    I can read any where and there are many free samples to get me into ones too. Comixology also have their own free comic which is now fortnightly called Box 13 - The app is now free, and I would recommend it!
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    • CommentAuthorgzapata
    • CommentTimeNov 24th 2009
    It's a step in the right direction but still a fail on many accounts like it still being a rental program
    • CommentAuthoruwspub
    • CommentTimeNov 24th 2009
    @ 3millionyears -- SOLDIERS by UWS was made specifically for the iphone. If you like getting comics in that format, give it a try. Just search iTunes for "soldiers zero" and it will pop right up. Or you can click here to go directly to iTunes. 185 screens of content for 99 cents. Also, I'd like to know what you think of digital comics via the iphone in general. It's a core business model for us, and the more I know about what consumers want and how they view it, the better product we can make.

    @ Warren -- if you ever want to put Freakangels on an iPhone, I highly recommend using the Media Reader app by Infurious Republic. Phil Orr at Infurious is a great guy, and their reader is the best I've seen for full page comics. You wouldn't have to change anything, and the experience is far, far beyond what the other comic app guys are doing. It's hard to explain without a phone, but it is the app we are using for our full page conversions. I think it would work very, very well for Freakangels -- if you wanted to go the paid download route.

    @gzapata -- I'm with you, the rental model isn't my preferred. Also, their new reader is really terrible. It's a lot flashier, but the reading experience is not good in my opinion. To be perfectly honest, they shouldn't have changed it. The previous reader was simpler, smoother, and more enjoyable. Also, they need to offer a better monthly rate -- it's much, much too high. I would be very tempted to subscribe -- there is a lot of good Marvel Stuff out there -- but not at those terms. I guess, if I really want to read Marvel back issues, I'm better off at the local library than online...
    • CommentAuthorPhranky
    • CommentTimeNov 24th 2009
    I saw wired's vision of an electronic version of their magazine made for an as-of-yet unannounced Apple tablet. That looks pretty cool. I like the idea of flicking through books and comics that way.
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    @ uwspub Got it and will read over the next few days, feedback to follow...
    • CommentAuthorgzapata
    • CommentTimeNov 25th 2009
    @uwspub- Well the one thing I'd like that all these new programs have is a choice. I can't stand any of those readers but others might. The way I'd prefer is the simple CDisplay method as it is how I've been reading comics for years (I buy a lot so relax people I just like digital files)