6 comics and manga apps for superfans

Comics aren't just for kids, and they're not just for print, either -- comics are on your TV and movie screens, in your games, and in apps as well. This week 130,000 comics fans are heading to San Diego for Comic-Con, which sold out in less than 90 minutes. If you're not one of the lucky badge holders, you can still connect to Marvel and DC's latest and greatest -- and manga, too -- with these top comics... Read More &raquo

Topics: Mac Software , Android Software , iOS Software

Tags: Windows software , comics

Comixology on Android graduates to next level

A new interface designed to emphasize creators and book discoverability arrived today in Comixology's Comics app (download).

Comics 3.0 brings to Android the changes that people with iPhones and iPads got last fall. Chief among these is a redesign that allows Comixology to make the app more usable, but in fact the app has been entirely re-coded.

The new layout, download speeds, and searchability are a key part of Comixology's "download once, read anywhere" strategy, co-founder and CEO David Steinberger... Read More &raquo

Tags: Windows software , comics

MAD for the iPad

Despite Apple's ostensibly strict rules that prevent inappropriate content from its App Store, DC Entertainment, publisher of such upstanding heroes as Superman and Wonder Woman, is about to sneak through its first dedicated MAD Magazine app.

Not available until Sunday, which is known to watercooler comedians as both April Fools' Day and the birthday of MAD mascot Alfred E. Neuman, the MAD app might surprise you: it's not a waste of time.

Guarantees against it insulting your intelligence, however, have yet... Read More &raquo

Tags: Windows software , comics

Comixology offers free upgrade to HD comics

Comixology continues to dominate the mobile comics-reading app market with new features for its iOS app, including high-definition comics that take advantage of the new iPad's Retina Display.

Updated earlier this week, Comixology's Comics 3.1 (download) lets you read comics on the new iPad with double the resolution of comics on previous models. It also supports sharing your comments on comics via Facebook, Twitter, and e-mail; and offers a Read Now button which lets you begin reading a comic before... Read More &raquo

Tags: Windows software , social networking , comics

Like Phoenix, Marvel gives digital coupons a second chance

A Marvel digital-comics sale in January came with an unusual perk: a $5 coupon for a print comic book. As a lead-in to its Avengers versus X-Men story starting in April, Marvel is giving the coupon a second chance to power up both digital and print comics sales via its iOS (download) and Android (download) comics apps.

"The coupon bumped [digital comic] sales about 25 percent," David Gabriel, senior vice-president of sales for Marvel, said in a phone interview... Read More &raquo

Tags: Windows software , comics

Marvel augments your comics' reality

Marvel Comics unveiled a new way to read comic books today at South by Southwest Interactive that involves an augmented reality app and the physical comic itself.

The app, called Marvel AR, is half of the entertainment company's new push to further integrate digital and print comics, an effort it's calling Marvel ReEvolution. The other half is a digital-only line of comics called Marvel Infinite Comics, which will be available to readers from the standard Marvel Comics app for free when... Read More &raquo

Tags: Windows software , comics

Captain America brings his shield to Android

To coincide with its blockbuster movie opening, Marvel Entertainment released two Captain America-related apps for Android this past weekend. First is the Captain America Live Wallpaper, which adorns your Android home screen with the Cap's shimmery shield over an appropriately dramatic sepia backdrop. A quick tap on your screen sprays a few bullets and demonstrates that the shield's Vibranium resilience is in full effect. It's available for free in the Android Market.

And for the gamers, there's Captain America: Sentinel of Liberty,... Read More &raquo

Topics: Mac Software

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Tap That App: Comics apps from Archie to zombies

Comics apps have been around for a couple of years, but the rise of the tablet has seen a resurgence of interest in digital comic books. Comixology, Graphicly, and the Vintage Comics Droid are three apps that bring superheroes and more to your fingertips.

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What's in store for digital comics?

Music, movies, television shows, and books have all developed strong digital presences, but what about the comics from which so many of these other media take their story lines? Relatively new to the digital world, some comics publishers feel they finally have a delivery device for their content in the tablet, and they've got plans for how to develop digital comics. What's less certain is how readers will react to those plans, and whether digital comics will help reverse... Read More &raquo

Topics: Mac Software

Tags: Windows software , comics

Read Marvel comics and race with one finger: iPhone apps of the week

The iPad will be released to the public tomorrow, April 3, but we have one in the building for review purposes today (check out our hands-on review). I had a chance to try a couple of apps out myself and--let me tell you--this thing is something special. Pardon me for a few moments while I exhibit a little breathless fanboyism, but the iPad is truly an experience that you need to try for yourself before making any judgments.

What... Read More &raquo

Topics: Mac Software

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