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Madefire launches app with new Dave Gibbons interactive comics

Madefire, the company Dave Gibbons mentioned in his recent interview with us, this morning launched a free iPad app with new motion comics by the Watchmen co-creator, Mike Carey, Liam Sharp, Robbie Morrison and others.

The Madefire App debuts with the first episodes of the “Motion Books” Treatment: Tokyo and Treatment: Mexico City, by Gibbons, Kinman Chan and Robbie Morrison, and Mono, by Ben Wolstenholme and Sharp. Subsequent episodes will be available twice a month. There are also previews of future comics by Carey and David Kendall, Haden Blackman and Gary Erskine, and others.

“Madefire is igniting a new era by creating a modern, dynamic reading experience and bringing that to the millions of iPad users around the world,” Gibbons said in a statement. “It is exciting to be able to bring this robust storytelling into the 21st century while also democratizing the ability to publish comic books.”

Watch a video demonstrating the “immersive experience” of the Motion Books below. The Madefire App is available for free from iTunes.

Madefire Shakes Up the Comic and Graphic Novel Industry With Revolutionary App and Reading Experience for iPad

SAN FRANCISCO, CA–(Marketwire – Jun 21, 2012) – Madefire, an exciting new company that brings a refreshing jolt of energy and innovation to the comic and graphic novel industry, today launched its Madefire App for iPad, featuring original, interactive works from Watchmen co-creator Dave Gibbons, as well as titles from other leading comic writers and graphic novelists. The Madefire App delivers a continuous flow of ‘Motion Books,’ original stories each with their own unique and immersive experience, providing users with a comic or graphic novel experience like none other. Madefire titles are also optimized to take full advantage of iPad’s leading features and functionality, including the gyroscope, accelerometer and stunning Retina display.

The Madefire App launches with three original comic and graphic novel titles, and four previews of future titles, including:

“Treatment: Tokyo” by Dave Gibbons, Kinman Chan and Robbie Morrison
“Treatment: Mexico City” by Dave Gibbons, Doug Braithwaite and Robbie Morrison
“Mono” by Ben Wolstenholme and Liam Sharp
“Captain Stone Is Missing. . .” by Liam Sharp & Christina McCormack
“The Irons” by Haden Blackman & Gary Erskine
“The Engine” by Guy Adams & Jimmy Broxton
“Houses of the Holy” by Mike Carey and David Kendall

The first three titles include the first episode, introducing readers to the format, story line and characters. Subsequent episodes will be delivered to readers twice a month and users will be updated via Push Notification when the new episodes are ready to download.

“Madefire is igniting a new era by creating a modern, dynamic reading experience and bringing that to the millions of iPad users around the world,” said Dave Gibbons, co-creator of Watchmen and advisory board member at Madefire. “It is exciting to be able to bring this robust storytelling into the 21st century while also democratizing the ability to publish comic books.”

Madefire will also be making their publishing tools available to anybody who wants to create their own original comics or graphic novels in the Motion Book format. The basic tools will be available for free at http://www.madefire.com.

“Madefire allows creators to bring the excitement and intensity of comics and graphic novels to iPad in a truly interactive format,” says Liam Sharp, Chief Creative Officer of Madefire. “We have seen these great innovations in other forms of entertainment such as gaming, movies and television, but reading has largely transferred words to the digital page without transforming the experience.”

The Madefire executive team boasts an elite roster of technology and storytelling veterans with the passion and expertise to change the way we create and consume stories. Madefire was founded in 2011 by Ben Wolstenholme, CEO of Moving Brands, Liam Sharp, Chief Creative Officer at Madefire and a veteran comic book writer and artist, and Eugene Walden, CTO at Madefire and a seasoned technology entrepreneur and mobile pioneer. The team is also joined by creative superpowers Dave Gibbons, co-creator of Watchmen, the best-selling graphic novel of all-time, and Bill Sienkiewicz, widely recognized as one of the greatest innovators in the history of sequential art.

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Madefire may have bungled their launch by not making their publishing tools available at the same time Dave Gibbons announced his contribution. There are so many publishing tools for tablet consumption (Apple’s iBook Author, Roger Black’s Treesaver, Dozuki, Graphic.ly and BookBrewer) — people really don’t care about what tool was used to create a book, they want to find, buy and read new stuff.

Just wish Android got some love here. :*(

“hebitudinous” couldn’t be more wrong. New stuff to read is one thing – new ways to make comic books come to life via a tool is another ball game – and one that I want to be part of. Madefire rocks.
Jimbob.

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