Axel-In-Charge: Facing the 'Divided' Marvel NOW! Future
Last night, cartoonists Cameron Stewart and Ramon Perez posted interesting information and images about some failed pitches for DC Comics. According to both Stewart and Perez, DC had approach them and “a handful of other webcomics creators” to dream up some concepts for webcomics featuring DC superhero characters for possible inclusion on DC’s Zuda website. Here’s what they came up with:
Cameron said that “After a lot of thought I settled on Zatanna, in a kind of Buffy/Twilight-style story aimed at teen girls.”
Now IDW is bringing comics to the BlackBerry App World, starting with their top-selling Star Trek: Countdown and rolling out a new comic each week, with the lineup slated to include Transformers and GI Joe.
According to Jeff Webber, IDW’s Director of ePublishing, each app will contain an entire series, and readers will be able to sample a story before they buy. The Star Trek: Countdown app checks in at 345 pages for $4.99, which is not a bad deal. They do seem to be going the route of having each comic be a separate app. But wait, there’s more:
Proud to be the first major publisher of comics available to BlackBerry users, IDW’s applications fully leverage the capabilities of BlackBerry devices to deliver the highest quality user experience. Each IDW comic features panel-by-panel viewing and scroll bar navigation, plus built-in news feeds that bring fans all the latest IDW news and updates.
Although a flood of comics apps have been released for the iPhone, iPad, and Droid, and comics are often among the top-selling apps in the iTunes store, developers have not paid as much attention to the BlackBerry. There is a version of the ComiXology Comics reader for the BlackBerry, along with a handful of horror comics from Carnival, but aside from that, offerings have been sparse, so IDW should have a large pool of potential readers who have BlackBerrys for work but haven’t been able to read their favorite comics on the small screen.
“We’d all been waiting for Apple to announce the iPad, and once the specifics were finally known, our team began putting together our plans for the device the same day,” said iVerse Media founder and CEO Michael Murphey in a press release. “It’s been a long 60 or so days, but I’m incredibly proud of our team, and I think people are really going to love the application.”
Murphey said that they expect the iVerse Comics application to be available on the iPad when it is released this Saturday. Through the application, users can download comics from Marvel, Image, IDW, BOOM! and many other publishers.
‘If people are going to be able to access this on the iPad from day one no matter what, we really needed to make sure we put our best face forward,” Murphey said. “So we had to build a completely new application from scratch, then marry that to our existing app. The end result gives the user the best possible experience on whatever device they’re using.”
Per the press release, long time users of iVerse Comics will have the ability to download new, high resolution, iPad files of their previously purchased comics for no additional cost. They’ve also added a “zoom” feature for both the iPhone and iPad versions of the app, while the iPad version will alos include preview images. They plan to add preview images to the iPhone in the coming weeks.
Check out a video preview of the iPad app after the jump …
Publishing | Everything else kind of pales in comparison to the big Disney-Marvel announcement, doesn’t it? [Comic Book Resources]
Conventions | As a mayor’s task force this afternoon delivers its final report and, presumably, officially endorses the proposed $750-million expansion of the San Diego Convention Center, the focus again turns to how the city will raise the roughly $50 million a year to fund the project.
Meanwhile, a leading expert on convention centers claims his views have been misrepresented in the task force’s report. “There is stuff that so misrepresents reality it is appalling,” says Heywood Sanders, professor at the University of Texas-San Antonio. He tells the San Diego Reader that convention centers are grossly overbuilt nationwide, and that the task force distorts statistics in its report. [Convention Center Task Force]
Editorial cartoons | The Westchester, N.Y., Journal-News has reversed its decision to lay off Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist Matt Davies, who has been with the newspaper for 17 years. [The Daily Cartoonist]