In 2014 Madefire were crowned the best Digital Comics App of the year for their mix of innovative motion comics and growing platform of new titles from major publishers. But how will they fair this year, in the face of opposition from new publishing platforms, digital innovators and a few old rivals who are getting stronger and stronger!
The galaxy’s greatest comic and home to Mega City One’s most famous lawman, the legendary UK comic 2000AD now has its own iOS app. Get the latest issues of 2000AD and Judge Dredd Megazine alongside classic titles like ABC Warriors, Rogue Trooper, Slaine and Grant Morrison’s Zenith downloaded straight to your tablet or smartphone.
Download the 2000AD app for iPad from the iTunes Store
Positioning it’s as the Netflix of comics, ComicBlitz gives you access to hundreds of great comics via a quick and easy monthly subscription. Read titles from Valiant and Dynamite alongside indie publishers like Action Lab, Arcana and Asylum Press. One of the newest digital publishing platforms available, it is currently only available as an iOS app for iPad
Download the ComicBlitz app for iPad from the iTunes Store
Digital exclusive publisher Comicker Digital bring their unique titles like Gatehouse, Grimfish, Lost Angels and Sylvania to the world via their newly launched iOS app. Operating like a webcomic with regular updates, but with a subscription model for the very latest pages, Comicker Digital a great mix of free and paid for content with some fantastic original titles.
Download the Comicker Digital app for iPad from the iTunes Store
The digital comics giant features the latest titles from major publishers like Marvel and DC, released on the same date as their print counterparts. It’s also the home to international publishers like France’s Delcourt and Japan’s Shonen Publishing as well as the best new indie comics via ComiXology Submit. This year saw a completely revamped version of the app with Smart Lists and a new interface.
Download ComiXology Comics for iPad from the iTunes Store
Featuring exclusive digital comics from Watchmen’s Alan Moore and Preacher’s Garth Ennis Electricomics is also designed to be an open source platform for aspiring creators to build their own interactive digital comics and publish them via the app. With some truly ground-breaking titles released at launch, Electricomics now offers a library of free to download titles via it’s website.
Download Electricomics for iPad from the iTunes Store
Having made their name by publishing some of the most innovative digital comics around – including two former Digital Comic of the Year winners (Captain Stone Is Missing, and Mono: Pacific) – Madefire is also a digital storefront for major publishers like Dark Horse, IDW, Dynamite and Valiant, as well as a number of indie creators who bring their work to life with Madefire’s Motion Book Engine.
Download the Madefire app for iPad from the iTunes Store
Get access to some of the greatest adventures of the world’s greatest superheroes from The Amazing Spider-Man to the X-Men, all for one handy monthly subscription cost. Although it doesn’t have the very latest issues available, it has some the best comics ever made all at your finger tips, unlike many of the other subscription based app services..
Download the Marvel Unlimited app from the iTunes Store
UK indie publisher Nobrow Press released this equally cool iPad app as a showcase for some of their ground-breaking and ultra-stylish graphic novels – with the added bonus of being able to see the process as many of the pages are available in pencils, inks and the final version. With 7 titles available at launch including the stand outs like Hildafolk by Luke Pearson and Ouroboros from Ben Newman Nobrow is a unique showcase from some truly unique books.
Download the Nobrow Press app for iPad
With a new app just released, and now calling itself the ‘Indie Graphic Novel App’ Sequential features interactive editions of some of the worlds best graphic novels, from creators like Alan Moore and Neil Gaiman to Jaimie Hernandez and David Lloyd. It also has exclusive digital editions from the UK’s best indie publishers like Avery Hill, Improper Books and Fantagraphics.
Download the Sequential app for iPad from the iTunes Store
Mark Waid’s digital exclusive publishing platform sees his own cutting edge series Insufferable released alongside boundary pushing titles like Tim Gibson’s Moth City, Chris Sheridan’s Motorcycle Samurai and Alex de Campi’s trailblazing Valentine, all for a bargain monthly fee. In 2015 it also became the exclusive digital home of Terry Moore’s seminal Strangers in Paradise.
Download the Thrillbent app for iPad from the iTunes Store