IDW Launches All-New Comic App for iOS

As San Diego Comic-Con approaches, IDW Publishing has launched its next generation of comic apps for iOS. If you are a comic reader in general, you will probably want the IDW Comics app (free), which also integrates with existing Comixology purchases (this appears a bit glitchy at launch). If you happen to be a one-topic comic-book reader, you can download specifc apps for Transformers, Star Trek, and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, which are among the top properties licensed to IDW. All the apps are free.

Interestingly, these new apps were developed with comics innovator Madefire, one of the pioneers in digital publishing. Many of the new apps feature motion comics (such as the Enterprise entering orbit around a planet), sound, and paralax, which gives the books a more theatrical feel. And the designed-for-digital aspect means readers will be treated to navigated paths through the books rather than forcing them to zoom in on the equivalent of static PDFs. 

IDW is making its entire library of over 3,500 comics and graphic novels available now through these apps.

For new users, between now and July 12, IDW is offering 15 free premium collected editions, which totals over 80 issues, plus dozens of motion books.

I signed up with a new account and immediately received an e-mail for the following collections:

  • Locke and Key Vol. 1: Welcome to Lovecraft
  • G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero Vol. 11
  • My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic Vol. 1
  • My Little Pony: Friends Forever, Vol. 1
  • Skylanders Vol. 1:The Kaos Trap
  • Star Trek Vol. 1
  • Star Trek The Next Generation/Doctor Who: Assimilation Vol. 1
  • Star Trek: Harlan Ellison's City on the Edge of Forever
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Vol. 1: Change is Constant
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Secret History of the Foot Clan
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Ultimate B&W Collection, Vol. 1
  • Transformers: Classics Vol. 1
  • Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye Vol. 1
  • Transformers: Robots In Disguise Vol. 1
  • Transformers: Dark Cybertron, Vol. 1

The collections showed up in the app immediately upon tapping "restore purchases."

A sample from Star Trek: Harlan Ellison's City on the Edge of Forever

The number of comics floating back and forth across the web today seems to be overwhelming hardware and networks. I've had a few times when my "cloud" books didn't show up, and it appears, according to an email from Jeff Webber, IDW’s VP of Digital Publishing & Business Development, that it's taking up to 24 hours to move all of the linked accounts into the new apps. So if you download the app, be patient before sending off notes to technical support. I already have the response you are likely to receive.

As with all iOS apps, existing users will get the new 4.0 apps as automatic updates. 

The reading experience so far is great. Receiving free copies of the comics that capture Harlan Ellison's original screenplay for the classic Star Trek episode City on the Edge of Forever is worth the time to get the app and sign-up for an account before the deadline. The motion graphics may not be for purists, but I like media that uses all of the technology at its disposal to engage me. Now I just have to hope I don't get hooked on My Little Pony. I don't have enough time in the day as it is.

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Daniel W. Rasmus is the Founder and Principal Analyst at Serious Insights. He is the author of Listening to the Future, Management by Design and Sketches of Spain and Other Poems. Rasmus teaches at Bellevue College where he teaches Social Media and Personal Branding.