April 3, 2010

The iPad was first released on April 3, 2010. Its immediate success threatened to revolutionize the comic book industry.

Digital versions of popular comics are now available via an assortment of mobile devices. Most of these devices attempt to replicate an 'authentic' experience similar to reading the material object, but with crisper images and additional viewing options. Some of the additional viewing options include the ability to zoom in on an individual panel or image, view the comic panel-by-panel, bookmark and archive materials, as well as purchase titles cheaply from home or on the go.

There are numerous iPad apps, as well as apps for other mobile devices, which provide a level of portabilty and accessibility that can't exist in the material form. It is now possible to carry and have immediate access to a library of comic books, without the trouble associated with printed copies. ComiXology is one of the leading providers of digital comics, with a platform allowing readers access to more than 50,000 titles.

“ComiXology.” Amazon. 2015.

Mortensen, Pete. “Early iPad Reviewers Reveal Marvel Comic App.” Cult of Mac. April 2010. 

Pogue, David. “Looking at the iPad from Two Angles.” The New York Times (New York, NY), March 31, 2010. 

Wolk, Douglas. “iPad Could Revolutionize the Comic Book Biz – Or Destroy It.” Wired Magazine. June 25, 2011. Web.