Get your Guardians of the Galaxy Fix

The recent blockbuster Guardians of the Galaxy broke the mold for superhero movies. The characters, while part of Marvel's stable, were not traditional heroes like Thor, Iron Man, or Captain America, and the lead actor hadn't carried a film before. Even two of the lead actors, Bradley Cooper and Vin Diesel, were just voices for a wisecracking raccoon and a tree with a limited vocabulary ("I am Groot!")

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The film's success was hardly guaranteed. So the marketers had to get creative. Months before the film aired, my daughter and I attended a special screening featuring 17 minutes of the film in IMAX. We were hooked. We had never heard of the characters and now we have the action figures, posters, etc.!

Now, new fans need to catch up on the backstory and get ready for the inevitable sequel! Fortunately, there's an app for that and it's called The Official Guardians of the Galaxy Essential Interactive eMagazine. It needs an iPad, because it's full of larger screen content. Learn about the main characters, both the good guys and the villains. That's important, because with these guys, it's hard to tell the difference sometimes.

You also have access to special content like concept art, director commentar,y and more. You can learn about the various weapons used in the film and the mysterious Milano spaceship. One bit of trivia the app doesn't mention is that the ship is named after 80s starlet Alyssa Milano. What else would you expect from a kid who was abducted by aliens in the 1980s?

The app helped me get more out of the movie, even long after I saw it, and will help me prepare for Stan Lee's Comikaze tradeshow which I'll be attending around Halloween. I hope someone asks me some Guardians of the Galaxy trivia!

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Todd Bernhard

Todd Bernhard is a bestselling (6+ million downloads) award-winning (AARP, About.com, BestAppEver.com, Digital Hollywood, and Verizon) developer and founder of NoTie.NET, an app developer specializing in Talking Ringtone apps including AutoRingtone. And his profile photo is of the last known sighting of Mr. Bernhard wearing a tie, circa 2007!

An iPhone is almost always attached to his hip or in his pocket, but over the years, Mr. Bernhard has owned an Apple Newton, a Motorola Marco, an HP 95LX, a Compaq iPaq, a Palm Treo, and a Nokia e62. In addition to writing for iPhone Life, Mr. Bernhard has written for its sister publications, PocketPC Magazine and The HP Palmtop Paper.