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… For not posting about this sooner, but Locke & Key: Welcome to Lovecraft #1 is now available as a standalone iPhone App, and will be making its way to other mobile platforms in time, spreading like poison sumac to infect your favorite electronics.

L&K for iPhone

I’m quite a fan of comics on the iPhone: IDW has published a number of terrifically entertaining iPhone comics, and both iVerse and ComiXology have designed compelling, user-friendly comic book readers. My own most satisfying eBook experience to date has been P. Craig Russell’s adaptation of Clive Barker’s Thief of Always; I burned through it on my phone over a period of 48 hours, and found it a completely natural and fun way to read the story. Comics are built to be read in panel-sized chunks, and the iPhone screen is exactly the size of an average comic book panel. It just works. And did I mention most comic downloads for the iPhone are .99 (when they aren’t free?). So that works too. Remember when you used to be able to get a comic for less than a buck? When you least expect it, history repeats.

It is in the nature of comics to quickly adapt to and adopt any new medium – they’ve always been a rapacious form, climbing into newspapers and onto the back of cereal boxes and leaking into novels (Diary of a Wimpy Kid, The Tenth Circle, etc.). I’m excited to see how comics will pervert mobile devices and the various eReaders to serve their unwholesome purposes. I think if comics can get a good foothold on devices like the Kindle, the iPhone, the upcoming Apple tablet, the PSP, and other portables, it could return the field to a kind of widespread dominance it hasn’t had since the days when comics were cheap, everywhere, and popular titles sold a million copies a month. A comics fan can hope anyway.

Apologies for being the worst blogger in the world and just letting the website hang for a couple weeks. For what it’s worth, when I do go dark here at joehillfiction, it’s usually a good sign that I’m pretty fully involved with a project (or two), and that’s the case here. Aside from prepping HORNS for its February release (I’m reading over what are called the First Pass pages now), and polishing the last issues of LOCKE & KEY: CROWN OF SHADOWS, I’ve got a couple new things which are coming along well. And I’d brag all about ‘em except I’m superstitious; talking about work in progress is just never a good idea, at least for me.

I’ll try and be a little more active over the next month or two, though, and if you’re really missing my blab, you can always catch me going on about this or that over on Twitter.

(Update: Oh, and yeah, the other issues of Welcome to Lovecraft and Head Games will be making their way to the iPhone as well. And Crown of Shadows will also be available eventually, although I’d expect some lag time between their release to stores and their release on the App store.)

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