When you do a search on iTunes for ‘comics’ you get the familiar array of apps from the big publishers like Marvel, DC, Image and ComiXology. But hidden in among these monster apps is a little icon with a angry pygmy on it called PG Comics. If you’re an iOS gamer you might recognise the name Pocket God as the hit iPhone game, but in this incarnation it’s a self published comic from the guys at Ape Entertainment. It’s a real gem written by the very talented Jason M Burns with awesome art from Uruguayan artist Rolando Mallada. I wanted to find out more about how this little title could outsell the big boys, so I got in touch with Ape’s publisher Dave Hedgecock and asked him what it’s like to carve your own niche in the brave new world of digital publishing!

Todd McFarlane’s Spiderman #1 is one of the featured titles on Marvel’s iPad app this week which got me feeling rather nostalgic. You see, growing up as a comics fan in the 90s, the most iconic book for me wasn’t Amazing Fantasy 15 or Action Comics #1 it was  Spiderman #1. I’d been  a Todd McFarlane fanboy from the moment I first picked up Amazing Spiderman #317 and saw Venom and Spidey go back and forth while surrounded by Todd’s trademark webs. His pencils were so exciting and dynamic and the weird poses he had Spidey contort into were just mind-boggling and unlike anything I had seen before. So, as his run on ASM came and went,  the prospect of seeing Todd not only drawn but also write, his own title was a fanboy’s dream come true.

One of the real success stories of comics on the iPad is IDW Publishing. Not only do they have a strong presence on ComiXology but they also have a series of their own apps  based on hit series like Transformers, True Blood and Dr Who. With smaller independents flourishing in this new market place, I got the chance to ask IDW’ Publishing’s Jeff Webber, their director of e-publishing, about some of the success stories at IDW and just how he sees the future for smaller comics publishers like IDW.

While researching this article I tried to get in touch with all my favourite artists and writers in the faint hope that they might be able to spare some time from their busy schedules to answer my questions. After sending out emails to everyone of note in my comics collection, one of the first people to get back in touch with me was the fantastic Kurt Busiek of Astro City and Marvels fame. Growing up I was a massive fan of Kurt’s work on Marvels and I was so excited to hear what he had to say, and here it is…

While investigating the world of iPad comics apps I came across this little gem in the ComiXology Comics app. As well as distributing the adventures of the world’s top super heroes, ComiXology have also published their own titles, in particular the Box 13 series by writer David Gallaher and artist Steve Ellis. Both David and Steve were really helpful in my research and below is the full transcript of my interview with them which never quite made it into the article as planned.

The copy of Tap! with my feature in arrived in the office this morning and so I can now start populating this blog with all the extra interviews I did.

To read the article you can click on the thumbnails below or you can read all about it here and order it online. Alternatively issue 6 of Tap! is on sale from July 6th and is available in all good newsagents.

 

As a fan of all things Apple and a fan all things comic-related, then surely the prospect of a Steve Jobs comic book is at the very epicentre of what rocks my world? And I would have to agree – although perhaps a tad reluctantly!

The great folks over at Blue Water Productions are following up their Mark Zuckerberg and Martha Stewart bio-comics with a look into the life and times of the world’s most famous wearer of black turtle necks, Apple CEO Stephen P Jobs. I for one can’t wait to see the Jobs story in all it’s glory, and judging by the exclusive preview pages below it really does start right at the very beginning!

Now I wonder if it will feature a huge super-hero style face off betweem Jobs and Gates with Woz and Balmer as the sidekicks? I guess we’ll have to wait until August to find out as that is when Steve Jobs the comic will be available from all good comic stores worldwide and also via the Comics app as well!

I was inspired to write this blog after writing an article for a UK-based iPhone and iPad magazine called Tap! The article was all about comics on the iPad and I talked to so many interesting and helpful people in the comics industry who told me all about the world of digital comics on the iPad and iPhone that I simply didn’t have room to include everything they said in the article. I spoke to everyone from writers and artists to coders and distributors and so instead on wasting their time, I have decided to set-up this blog and post much more detailed interviews from the people who took the time to answer my question by way of a thank you.