I spoke with Evan Young last year about his iPhone graphic novel The Carrier. It’s about a guy wakes up in a dark room with no idea how he got there, who he is, or why a titanium briefcase is shackled to his wrist, and it mixes traditional comic book storytelling with various real-world iPhone features, including geolocation, email and messaging.
Young sent over word this morning that The Carrier will be one of the launch applications for Apple’s new iPad this Saturday.
“The Carrier will help showcase the iPad comic book experience to a world that is extremely interested in the potential of this new device,” Yougn said in a press release. “A lot is being said about what the iPad can do for the comic book industry and publishers of other types of media. As a small-press publisher and creator, all I can say is, we’ll see. For now, let’s buckle in for the ride.”
Apparently Apple wasn’t happy with some of the content and rejected it twice.
“The Carrier falls somewhere between a PG-13 and an R-rated movie. It contains cartoon violence, but no foul language and as we submitted it, no nudity. Apple was not satisfied with a 12+ rating and blurred-out images in two individual panels; they were also not initially satisfied with a 17+ rating and blacked-out images, although they eventually recanted and approved the app for sale that way,” Young said. “Under the circumstances, with Apple launching this new product and given the volume of applications the company must be reviewing, we were pleasantly surprised at how fast Apple turned around our submission. But what this means for adult-themed comics containing even brief or suggestive artwork and a hint of foul language or violence, I don’t know. My guess is that to be available on the iPad, some measure of self-censure is going to be required. This is all-new territory, so again, we’ll just have to see.”
The 122-page graphic novel with artwork by Will Walber and Lula Borges will come with an initial sale price of $5.99. Unlike the iPhone version, The Carrier for the iPad is presented in a page-by-page format and without real-time functionality.
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