One form of media that has definitely stood the test of time is the comic book. Since 1933, when the first comic book was published, the industry has grown from strength to strength and led to blockbuster creations such as the Avengers and Batman. And the main reason people still read comics is that they provide both visual and textual gratification to the reader. Thanks to our mobile devices getting larger screens and the ubiquity of tablets, comics are no longer limited to physical books but can also be enjoyed on our Android devices.
There is now a growing number of apps that allow you to devour comics and mangas on your mobile device, and in this article I will show you my personal favorites and help you find a few other high quality ones.
Mook The Comic (in 3D) is a quirky comic strip featuring an oddball alien named Mook, and his friends CLiK and Blog. The most noticeable boast from this app is that it features the ability to view the stories in either 2D or 3D, (the latter by the use of 3D glasses). The idea behind the app is that the developer/writer will produce three new strips every three weeks, each available via updates. But is Mook any good? And are Android devices the best platforms for reading comics? Read on to find out more… (more…)
The Beano and the The Dandy are treasured memories of my childhood. I loved those comic books. To the best of my knowledge they were only widely available in the UK and Ireland and still are. Ask any British male, between the ages of ten and eighty years old what the first comic they ever read was, and I can guarantee it was either a Beano or a Dandy.
When I was thirteen or so, a friend introduced me to a comic book store named Forbidden Planet. I must have spend every spare cent I had in that shop over the next few years. We’d sift through hundreds of back issues, crammed into long boxes all carefully preserved in their protective plastic sleeves. Hours upon hours were spent flipping through graphic novels, buying back issues and admiring the various artwork on display.
I still occasionally drop into Forbidden Planet. But, if my memory serves me right, I was around sixteen when life, school, work and the opposite sex put comic books at the back of the shelf. I never lost my love of comics though. Web comics are a particular indulgence of mine due to their plentiful supply and high procrastination value. Having them on your phone can only be a good thing, right? With that in mind, here’s a few of my favorite Android comic book applications.
It used to be that when you wanted a comic, you saved up your pennies, raided the piggy bank, then went down to the local shop to get it. I remember the sheer excitement when I went down to my local newsagent every Saturday to buy that week’s copy of The Beano and I used to spend most of the afternoon reading it and doing all the puzzles.
Nowadays, things are obviously a little more high-tech; that’s the way the publishing market is going. Most newspapers are read online for free, Twitter has become the new way of keeping up to date with the world, and the surge in the popularity of e-books and devices such as the Kindle show that people are willing to ditch traditional methods for the fancier (and potentially more convenient) solution.
Graphicly aims to do just this with comic books. Instead of buying print copies, you can either buy or download them for free from their online store, making them available for immediate reading on whatever device you are using. The range is certainly pretty impressive, but the question is: will Graphicly replace that feeling of buying a printed comic from the shop? Read on for my thoughts. (more…)