I've recently discovered e-books for my PDA phone and I'm really enjoying the ability to read anywhere. I've been thinking about adapting it to comics. I'd really have to format images for the small screen but i think it's possible and with all the boom in this area, I think It could be a main vein for the direction of the comic industry. It makes sense, but there are poblems with getting your images on peoples phones- If everyone's hooked up to the net on their phones in the near future then that would solve that issue.
"In Japan, mobile phone sales of electronic books, including manga, grew 331.3% from 1.6 billion yen (about $14 million) to 6.9 billion yen ($58 million) in 2006. The Digital Content Association that reported the results expected sales to reach $100 million by year end." (From the Digital Content Association of Japan, October '07)
"Japanese women in particular like to read manga on their mobiles. It is an enthusiasm with potential for growth and is adding sales both for publishers and for Japanese flat-rate providers. Mobiles with high-quality LCD displays contribute to making it fun to read on the move in Japan. In addition, the 3G standard (UTMS) is already widely in place there. The Japanese are evidently happy to spend money for their fun. Around 30 to 40 cents is charged per comic page. Given the mass consumption, this adds up. According to newspaper reports, the trend in reading manga on mobile phones has already produced increased sales for this year. At the same time, publishing companies have reacted to the fact that the readers of mobile manga are predominantly female by bringing (even) more titles onto the market for this target group. Nobody knows exactly why it is Japanese women in particular who indulge in this new passion. One reason could be that in this way they can also read titles that they feel unable just to go and buy in a manga shop. Encouraged by the Japanese example, American publishing companies also want to profit from the trend. Providers such as Tokyopop and GoComics are at the ready and are optimistic about the mobile comics future, with the technical conditions now also better in the USA, making reading on the move more enjoyable." (From Spiegel Online and PW Comics Week, October '06)
thanks heaps Nate. looks like there should already be heaps of info to google about how to get involved in the creation of Manga on phones. probly some kind of flash software would seem to work. I'm a bit scared of learning too much programming! (all my webpages still use straight html)
"The digital future of comics, books, magazines and newspapers took a significant turn this week when online retail giant Amazon.com announced it will introduce a free Kindle e-book application for Apple's iPhone and iPod touch devices..."
"...the late, great Charles Schulz conceived Peanuts in a four-panel format that could be arranged horizontally, vertically or even as a square, all dependent on the needs of the newspapers that published it--by extension, an entire strip could fit horizontally across an iPhone screen, or as a square on a Kindle screen, or even as a panel-by-panel slideshow optimized for a smaller, more basic handset, and still remain true to Schulz's original vision. Moreover, a comic strip can offer a complete and satisfying experience whether you read just one strip or several weeks' worth at one time--after all, the strips were written and drawn for readers to enjoy on a daily basis..."
thats cool that girl Genius is online- I'll have to check them out :) It looks like these hand held devices like nintendo DS and mobiles are all being linked in with the internet- heaps of people are updating facebook on phones etc. I was even on an illustrator's folio site the other day and he had an option that was 'friendly' for pda users! -So, yes, this is logical that the internet could be/is already the " app" or interface we can use to show people our comics on their devices- pretty cool. mines at www.prodigal.mdhayden.com - I'm looking for a publisher too.
I'v recently got hold of an iphone- but the data is too expensive- the other day I got slugged $20 for accessing my email. it's great that you can browse @ McDonalds and other wireless places for free.- wen these devices get 'normal' internet deals- then we'll be in business!- it will be great to be able to use the net wherever you are, to get answers from google etc when you think of them and not have to say, "I'll have to remember to look that up on the Net"
A group in India contacted our ministry saying they had a "complete comic eReader developed for Mobile which can take existing digital content and convert them into eComics for mobile device." They seemed to be primarily interested in existing graphic novel adaptations of the Bible such as 'Manga Messiah' and the 'Lion Graphic Bible.' Here's a link to a video demo of their app:
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