Comic Books Will Look Incredible On The iPad

I'd buy an iPad just to read comic books. Think I'm nuts? I probably am, but see how you feel after this first look at what Panelfly, maker of a popular comic book iPhone app, is building for the iPad.

Instead of simply scaling up the existing iPhone app, the folks from Panelfly put their heads together with the Sugarcube dev team and brainstormed. With all the talk of the iPad and how it could restore comic books to their former glory, they realised that they needed to revamp the app and make a version specifically for the iPad. This way they could take full advantage of the device's screen size and provide a new way of purchasing and interacting with the content.

The way the Panelfly iPhone app works is that you download the app for free from the app store and then add comics to your library through in-app purchases. Stephen Lynch, CTO and designer at Panelfly, hinted that the company is currently exploring several different purchase models for the iPad version, but was unfortunately unable to elaborate even when I tried to coax out whether there'd be a subscription option.

As far as reading and navigating content on the new iPad app goes, let's just say it'll blow us all away. From what Stephen was able to share with me, Panelfly "didn't want to stray too far from the native Apple UI elements, [they]wanted to create something that was [theirs]as well as a platform that gave the content the respect it deserves." And from the looks and sound of it? They've succeeded.

Call me a geeky comic book lover, but apps like this one are what I'm looking forward to when it comes to the iPad. The gadget won't replace my computer, it won't replace my TV, and it won't replace any other device I've got around the house. But it will be what I sit down with when I want to catch up on some comics, magazines, journal articles and what will be formerly known as "print" media.


Comments

    I much prefer comiczeal, and yes comics are one of the reasons I'd consider an ipad

    I would absolutely buy one of these to read comics ... Haven't been to minotaur for goodness knows how long ... But the deisgn of these is still wrong ... If there is a physical keyboard it needs to be down a right hand Margin towards the top for a right hander and vice versa for a left hander ... and angled ... keyboards at the bottom are dumb.

      I have been wondering about how good it would be given the screen size is small than a comic book.

        if you have trouble reading the text, just zoom in. i can read mangas fine on my sony prs 505 so i am guessing reading on this will make it much easier.

    This is what i'm hanging out for, limitations of the hardware i.e., no camera, no HD output etc don't faze me.

    It's all about the content - if I can get American magazines such as Wired on it, i'll be in that line around King Street in two months.

    I love the concept, but unless it has the ability for me to add my comics to it, I'll look for something else thanks.

    9.7" display running at 1024*768 res is going to be a poor compromise. Readability of text is going to be an issue and there's no way to elegently do double pages

    Yeah, and what do I do with my 20Gb of existing comics??

    Again, great in concept.. poor in application...

      So, let me get this straight... you want someone to develop an app so you can collect your 20gb of "free" comics? Why not think about supporting the comics industry and creators with actually buying books? Hope that's not too difficult a concept.

    Comics look fantastic on ANY appropriately sized tablet form factor, there's nothing inherently superior about the iPad as a delivery mechanism, but plenty of negatives.

    As usual the sound of reflex drooling drowns out rational assessment.

    As much as I absolutely hate the way that this product will crush the market for products that do their respective jobs better, I have to admit that the achilles heel for my ebook reader was always low resolution and poor greyscale reproduction for comics, and the iPad would indeed be absolutely perfect for the job.
    The issue would still be that their software is so restrictive that I would never actually be able to use the comic book files that I already have, at least until someone jailbreaks it (lol jailbreaking a netbook).
    I'm just hanging out for some lazy competitor to roll over in bed and release a better product. I feel like all I'll miss out on is a lovely bevelled edge. Bring on the wacom support and passive display!

    For those who have the comic on your computer in .cbz format or rar format. I have on my itouch called comiczeal and you can use that pc app avaible to wirelessly synch to your touch/iphone to tranfer the comic and it shrik them to correct size, I have scanned all my comics in so i don't have to carry around a bunch of comic and I have almost 80gigs that have been srinked and look great on my itouch

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