Digital Thought Balloons: Electronic Delivery and the Comic Book

By Lee Cadieux.

Published by The International Journal of the Book

Format Price
Article: Print $US10.00
Article: Electronic $US5.00

Digital Thought Balloons explores emerging modes of electronic delivery for Manga, BD (Bande Desinee) and Comic Books. iPhone apps such as iVerse, XComics, CanalBD, and Manga Rocks allow users to access this type of visual material on mobile and hand held devices.

The iPad, remarkably similar in size to the classic American Comic Book, opens the market further by allowing its users to run these same applications on a much larger screen, since the iPad allows users to view full color, image-based work, such as Comic Books, BD and Manga as well text-based eBooks. Amazon’s Kindle with its inherent display limitations, offers no such flexibility.

The App store offers global distribution to independent publishers and mass market moguls alike through its egalitarian structure, attractive to both niche market and main stream communities. Stand alone material may be purchased with embedded viewer applications or through the applications themselves.

It remains to be seen whether these new modes of electronic delivery pose a threat to the physical artefact of the Comic Book or merely provide alternative methods of accessing this vibrant medium.

Keywords: Comic Book, Manga, BD, iPhone, iPad, Kindle, iVerse

International Journal of the Book, Volume 8, Issue 4, pp.135-142. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 2.719MB).

Lee Cadieux

Lecturer in Animation, Design Subject, School of Creative Arts, Faculty of Arts, Research Institute for Art and Design, The University of Ulster, Londonderry, N.Ireland, UK

Lee Cadieux, originally from Canada, holds the post of Lecturer in Animation in the Faculty of Arts, School of Creative Arts, University of Ulster. His academic career follows a 20 year career in Animation and Film Production and he has worked extensively on Animated features, TV series, video games and television commercials in the roles of Animator, Director, and Special Effects Artist. He has worked for Disney, Warner Bros., Nelvana, and DIC, in Canada, China and the UK. He was Subject Director for Design and Course Director of the BDes Design and Communication programme from 2003 to 2009 and is currently concentrating on research and teaching. He is an active member of the Research Institute for Art and Design and his research interests include practice-based work in Animation, Performance and Interactive Technologies.

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