Comicker Digital appDigital publisher Comicker LLC have launched their new Comicker Digital iOS app, bringing their diverse line-up of creator-owned series to iPads and iPhones. Free to download the app gives users access to the initial chapters of all current and future series while a monthly subscription of $2.99 unlocks weekly updates of subsequent chapters and exclusive special features before they’re available anywhere else.

App-of-the-Year-2014As a warm up to our year-end awards and the prestigious Digital Comic of the Year poll, (which will be coming very soon), we decided to get our readers in the voting spirit with a poll to tell us which was the best digital comics app and reveal the Pipedream Comics’ App of the Year 2014.

We picked what we thought were the 9 best, (and then gave readers a 10th option to tell us where we were completely wrong!). They got voting and we can now announce the winner is…

Barkane Episode #1In a holding cell in ancient Greece, 3 prisoners await their fate – a woman, a drunk and a sea captain. As lightning splits the sky, a ballista bolt breaks through the prison window and the prisoners escape into the night. If this kind of action is getting your heart racing then read on as this is the opening scenes of Barkane the new series from writer Terry McCarthy. Available as both an iOS and Android app for tablets and smartphones, as well as via ComiXology’s Submit, it’s a brilliant mix of cutting edge digital comics and ancient action so we contacted Terry to find out more.

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“Where are all my comics and why can’t I buy new ones?!”This is going to be a common cry across the homes of many digital comics fans this weekend as ComiXology introduce their new Comics app for iPad and iPhone that turns their revolutionary cloud based market place into a bog standard comic book reader. As part of the new deal that sees ComiXology become part of the Amazon family, Comics users on the iPad and iPhone have been prompted to download a new version of their app for iPhone and iPad this weekend and unfortunately there is more to this than just a fancy new icon on your home screen.

Looking for a bit of Judge Dredd action or Mega City One mayhem on your iPad and iPhone this weekend? Well 2000AD/Rebellion have released some of the very greatest Dredd collections of all time onto their Newsstand App which include twenty stand-alone Judge Dredd graphic novels for iPad and iPhone, some of which have been unavailable outside of the UK until now.

We’re huge fans of digital comics on the iPad here at Pipedream Comics (just read our list of the 10 best iPad comics apps here) and maintain that the hi-res retina screen of the Apple tablet is absolutely the best way to read you favourite titles. However with so many people having smartphones as well, we thought we would take a look at the best iPhone digital comics apps that you can try that really make the most of the smaller devices capabilities – but don’t include digital comics giant ComiXology‘s Comics app!

Chang King TapasticDescribing itself as the YouTube of web comics app, we featured the excellent Tapastic Comics in last week’s Pipedream Pull List, calling it “A slick and stylish portal for collecting webcomics into one place… the perfect way to read webcomics on an iPhone“. Keen to find out more about the story and people behind this great open publishing service for webcomic creators, we got in touch with its creators, Tapas Media and CEO and founder Chang Kim.

The ComiXology iOS7 upgrade has hit the app store this week as their multiple award-winning and top grossing iOS app has been updated for Apple’s new iPad and iPhone operating system. Fans of the app using iOS 7 will now be greeted with an updated look and feel, while iOS 5 and 6 users will see the same UI they have become familiar with.

Fans will also notice the app icon has been updated with a new sleeker look, which was unveiled last week with the release of the Android Holo update.

Users wanting the iOS 7 upgrade can click here: