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Comic Books on the iPad? Heck, Yeah!

Gizmodo has a keen preview of what will be the iPad version of Panelfly, a digital comic book reader. There’s currently one for the iPhone, but who cares about that right now? We’re talking about the iPad!

Instead of simply scaling up the existing iPhone app, the folks from Panelfly put their heads together with the Sugarcube dev team and brainstormed. With all the talk of the iPad and how it could restore comic books to their former glory, they realized that they needed to revamp the app and make a version specifically for the iPad. This way they could take full advantage of the device’s screen size and provide a new way of purchasing and interacting with the content.

The way the Panelfly iPhone app works is that you download the app for free from the app store and then add comics to your library through in-app purchases. Stephen Lynch, CTO and designer at Panelfly, hinted that the company is currently exploring several different purchase models for the iPad version, but was unfortunately unable to elaborate even when I tried to coax out whether there’d be a subscription option.

Sounds pretty fantastic, if you ask me, but the problem with these digital comic initiatives has always been that while the little guys have been willing to play, Marvel and DC — still what most people mean when they say “the comic book industry” — never seem interested. But if they’re able to get the big boys to play, hoo crawdad, that would be fun.

If I can get my Andy Capp and my Wonder Woman on the iPad, I’m in.

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  1. February 10, 2010 at 3:49 pm

    Now this would get me reading comics again. I always hate having issues laying around and taking the time to resell them. This would totally solve that problem.

  1. February 6, 2010 at 2:29 pm

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