Robot Comics has senttwo exciting exciting press releases to Nexus HQ this week, outlining their line of comics on the iPod, iPhone, Google Android, and Nintendo DSi:
Robot Comics is proud to announce the launch of DSComics.com – a comics site for Nintendo DSi which includes the first comics ever produced for this platform!!!
Through DSComics.com, Nintendo DSi users will we able to read comics specifically designed and formatted for this console. The service is completely free and doesn’t require to download or install third-party components. Users just need to open the Nintendo DSi Browser and navigate to dscomics.com to start reading comics.
The launch includes 3 free titles (Thunder Road, Anda’s Game and Misery Depot), of which two are Creative Commons licensed, that in this case allows fans to share and remix the comics at their leisure.
“Our goal is proximity in the broadest sense of the word. We don’t want anything -distribution, hardware, even money and copyright-, to get in the way between comics and their potential readers. By releasing free comics for popular hand-helds we are reaching a brand new audience that was largely ignored by the comics industry.”, states Hermes Pique, Robot Comics’s Director.
Below is a rundown of the first titles that are already available inDSComics.com.
Thunder Road #1
A high-action, wide-sweeping episodic pulp adventure by writer Sean Demory and illustrator Steven Sanders (Five Fists of Science).
SYNOPSIS: The bomb-ravaged American Heartland has been largely left out of the equation, falling prey to unchecked corporate land-barons and motorcycle-riding, nazidope-smoking MEF veterans ravaging the wastes. Some small towns have become fortresses, while others have followed the Soviet model and taken to the road, with clans roaming from one corp-compound to the next. Route 66, Interstate 70 and a dozen other superhighways have become the new frontier, where fortunes can be made with grit, cunning and a steady hand.
Welcome to the Thunder Road.
Anda’s Game #1
An adaptation by Dara Naraghi (Terminator Salvation movie prequel) and Esteve Polls (Mega-City Noir) of the short story by Cory Doctorow (Boing Boing editor, Little Brother).
“[A] riff on the way that property-rights are coming to games, and on the bizarre spectacle of sweat-shops in which children are paid to play the game all day in order to generate eBay-able game-wealth. When I was a kid, there were arcade kings who would play up Gauntlet characters to maximum health and weapons and then sell their games to nearby players for a dollar or two — netting them about $0.02 an hour — but this is a very different proposition indeed.” –Cory Doctorow
Originally published in the Creative Commons comic Cory Doctorow’sFuturistic Tales of the Here and Now by IDW Publishing, Anda’s Game is remixed by Robot Comics to create a new version specifically designed for mobile devices.
Learn more about Anda’s Game.
A mystery/science fiction one-shot drawn by Juan Romera (Zombie Highway: Directionless) and written by Hermes Pique, intended for mature audiences.
SYNOPSIS: An anomaly causes an elderly mother to awake undressed inside a humid capsule. The voice of her daughter echoes in her memory, the intent of her words forgotten. Was she sharing the completeness of their unity, or hatefully wishing her mother’s demise?
A seemingly infinite corridor of capsules hosts hundreds of persons, calmly sleeping, miserable underneath. Yet, an old man shares the mother’s awareness, and is even certain of the nature of the place: a high-technology concentration camp; the second one for him to escape…
Learn more about Misery Depot.
Watch a video of our comics in action on the Nintendo DSi here–http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gnRe6H83NKM
For more information visit http://www.robotcomics.net/2009/07/worlds-comics-nintendo-dsi/#more-831
ROBOT COMICS is proud to announce its new CREATIVE COMMONS line of mobile comics for the iPhone, iPod Touch, and Google Android!
Following the macroeconomics practice of releasing free products to extend the use of any given platform, Robot Comics hopes to increase the awareness, use, and natural enjoyment of mobile comics worldwide by releasing professionally produced mobile versions of open source comics media.
The titles currently available are:
1) Cory Doctorow’s Futuristic Tales of the Here and Now
Cory Doctorow’s Futuristic Tales of the Here and Now is the Creative Commons comics adaptation of six short stories by Boing Boing editor and science-fiction writer Cory Doctorow. Originally published in print by IDW Publishing, Futuristic Tales of the Here and Now was adapted from traditional print to mobile comic issues by digital comics publisher Robot Comics. The result are eight Creative Commons mobile comics specifically designed for iPhone, iPod touch and Android devices. Combined, the mobile Futuristic Tales have beendownloaded more than 30,000 times in less than two months.
Cory recently covered the Robot Comics release of his work on his BOING BOING blog – http://www.boingboing.net/2009/06/24/my-graphic-novel-for.html, including a reference to the somewhat controversial rejection of his the first issue of FTotHaN by Apple – http://www.boingboing.net/2009/05/03/apples-censors-remov.html
For the full list of titles and links for readers to directly find the stories on the Apple or Google marketplace, go to http://www.robotcomics.net/2009/06/cory-doctorows-futuristic-tales/#more-754
Ubunchu, the unnoficial manga of the world’s cutest Linux distro, is now available worldwide on Apple‘s mobile phones. Two editions are offered: the original Japanese right-to-left version and the Western left-to-right adaptation. And like its inspiration Ubuntu, it can be downloaded for free.
SYNOPSIS: The Sysadmin Club has bought a shiny new awesome computer. Will it run Windows? A CLI-based Linux? Mac? Risa may have another answer…
Created by Hiroshi Seo and originally published by ASCII Media Works Inc. under a Creative Commons license, which has allowed its translation and adaptation into multiple languages and formats. Robot Comics has created a remix specifically designed for Android, iPhone and iPod touch devices.
Credits: Hiroshi Seo (written and illustrated by), Fumihito Yoshida (translator),Hajime Mizuno (translator), Martin Owens (translation editor), Arturo Silva (translation editor), Yael Duckwen (remixed by).
FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE UBUNCHU MANGA FOR MOBILES visithttp://www.robotcomics.net/2009/06/unofficial-ubuntu-manga-ubunchu-arrives-iphone and http://www.robotcomics.net/2009/05/ubunchu-1-righttoleft-2 andhttp://www.robotcomics.net/2009/06/ubunchu-1-lefttoright
UBUNCHU Issue #2 (also Creative Commons) was recently released in Japan and will be released next month by us.
3) Misery Depot
Description: An anomaly causes an elderly mother to awake undressed inside a humid capsule. The voice of her daughter echoes in her memory, the intent of her words forgotten. Was she sharing the completeness of their unity, or hatefully wishing her mother’s demise?
A free mystery/science fiction one-shot intended for mature audiences, available in two editions: MISERY DEPOT REDUX and MISERY DEPOT DEFINITE.
Thematic sequel (also Creative Commons) Empathy will be released next month.
FOR MORE INFORMATION ON MISERY DEPOT VISIT:http://www.robotcomics.net/2009/03/misery-depot-redux and http://www.robotcomics.net/2009/03/misery-depot-definite/
About Robot Comics
Robot Comics publishes and produces digital comics for hand-helds, such asApple’s iPhone and iPod touch, Google’s Android mobiles, Nintendo DSi,Amazon Kindle. We offer titles specifically designed and formatted to be read on e-devices.