Printed, Bodyworld is 384 pages. That’s a lengthy piece of fiction. Online, it is 14 chapters worth of “infinite canvas.” The promise of infinity sounds great when discussed in theory, but in practice the method kind of fails me. To take in the complete story of Body World, it helps to bookmark your progress for a break, it also helps to reference old images on past pages. It is totally irritating to do this online, but far easier to do in print.
Webcomics: Warren Ellis is doing that thing again where he asks creators to come forward and tell his readers about the webcomics they are working on. This is a great way to find new things to read, and he promises to make it a monthly thing. (Via the indispensable ComixTalk.)
Webcomics: DKM Marlink takes a look at webcomics that ended abruptly, leaving readers longing for closure.
Webcomics: Chris Arrant talks to Tor’s web content producer Pablo Defendini about Tor’s new webcomics reader, which is partially automated, and the comic they are currently serializing, Dan Goldman’s Red Light Properties.
iPad: Roland Kelts talks to manga experts, including Fred Schodt and Vertical marketing director Ed Chavez, about the possibilities and perils of the iPad, going into much more depth than the usual run of articles like this.
iTunes: Apple is reconsidering its rejection of cartoonist Mark Fiore’s iPhone app, which it declined to carry in the iTunes store because it satirized public figures, in violation of Apple policies. The article summarizes the basic conflict very nicely:
Apple rejected Fiore’s app in December, several months before Fiore won the Pulitzer Prize for editorial cartooning. In rejecting it, Apple cited its rules that prohibit making fun of public figures, which is exactly what the Pulitzer Prize committee praised about Fiore’s Flash animations.
Android: Robot Comics brings frame-by-frame animation to Android devices with, appropriately, Robot 13. The first chapter is free and is available now.