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Digital Thought Balloons: Electronic Delivery and the Comic Book

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Cadieux, Lee (2011) Digital Thought Balloons: Electronic Delivery and the Comic Book. The International Journal of the Book, 8 (4). pp. 135-142. [Journal article]

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Abstract

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.

Item Type:Journal article
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Arts
Faculty of Arts > School of Creative Arts and Technologies
Research Institutes and Groups:Art and Design Research Institute
Art and Design Research Institute > Future and Virtual Worlds
ID Code:20535
Deposited By:Mr Lee Cadieux
Deposited On:29 Nov 2011 14:33
Last Modified:29 Nov 2011 14:33

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