View Full Version : Comic Books Will Look Incredible on the iPad

Feb 4, 2010, 08:26 PM
Nice article on comics and 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 realized 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.

Feb 4, 2010, 08:56 PM
I can't wait for comics! It's my main reason for getting the ipad. I have a lot of cbr's hopefully there is an easy way to get them on there.

Jason Lee
Feb 5, 2010, 03:58 AM
I was thinking the same thing. I have over 40 gigs of comics. Would be nice to have them on an iPad.

Dammit Cubs
Feb 5, 2010, 11:05 PM
I just want to import my entire naruto manga.

LOL....thats all i ever wanted from an "e-reader"

Feb 5, 2010, 11:08 PM
When I can read Axe Cop in a dedicated App on my iPad, I will be smitten.

(Axe cop is written by a 5 year old, so it's hilarious.)

Feb 6, 2010, 01:46 AM
I also have lots of comics scanned in jpeg format. i'm planning to load them in the Photo app and browse them like regular pic :)

Feb 6, 2010, 03:16 AM
Wow this is such a great idea. I KNEW we would start hearing about great exciting apps coming out for this...no matter how badly people criticize the iPad, it's going to revolutionize how things are done on computers.

This article rocks, I'm stoked.