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iSuck…

… 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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21 Responses to iSuck…

  1. Buzz-Kill Chris says:

    What an excellent birthday present! That’s awesome how you haven’t posted anything for a while and then post a great blog on my birthday about one of my favorite topics… COMIC BOOKS. (Oh and the mention of Clive Barker is just superb).

    Thanks, Joe and I’ll try not to jinx it, but I do believe for the first time I am the first comment…

  2. Barry Wood says:

    “…traycased, signed by Joe and Vinny Chong, containing five interior plates, the deleted chapter plus a little extra something from Joe, priced at £175 until the end of the year when it’ll go to £200.”

    Excerpt from PS Publishing News about Horns:

    http://store.pspublishing.co.uk/acatalog/info_178.html

    It’s the wording “a little extra something from Joe” that has been excitedly eating away at me.

  3. Mark&Mary-mostly Mark says:

    Buzz..lol.
    Joe, hey no problem. You working ur tail off gives us more goodies to look forward to.
    If i had a iphone, i would be jumping as we speak( sprint sucks).

  4. Ross Warren says:

    You forgot to mention the limited of Horns is availiable for pre-order from PS Publishing. Got mine ordered!!

  5. nils says:

    hey joe,
    now that crown of shadows is nearly finished, can you tell us the release date??
    (i might be annoying, but to be honest, i am sick of waiting. i am so excited :D)

  6. Gabriel says:

    Crown Of Shadows #01, scheduled for November.
    Get ready!
    G-

  7. Martin says:

    Mark, You my want to look into the iPod Touch. It is the iPhone without the phone. I have that and it is really nice.

  8. Mark&Mary-mostly Mark says:

    Martin……….oh yeah!., you are right sir. I will do that. Thank you very much.

  9. Patrick says:

    Thanks for posting, Joe.

    One more reason to question myself on why I don’t yet own an iPhone…

    Looking forward to Crown to Shadows!

  10. Grasshopper says:

    Thanks to Joe and Gabe for your posts!
    I strongly agree with your strategy of keeping yourself to yourself and not to letting the cats out of the bags. (for either project)
    We know it will tear its way out and shred our imagination’s into
    suspending ribbons of shock and terror!!
    We cant wait to get scratched by you cats…fssst ..Ouch!
    I just know its gonna hurt!

  11. nils says:

    thanks a lot gabe ;)

  12. Orrin Grey says:

    P. Craig Russell did an adaptation of Thief of Always? Where can I find this thing?

  13. sari says:

    Hey Joe, nice to see you. :-)

  14. nils says:

    OMG!!!
    i found a description of horns!
    am i just the last one to notice that it was out or am i the first one to discover it?
    in the text, it was said that the main caracter is called IG PERRISH.
    so, my question to you, joe, is: is this text real??
    PLEASE answer me!

  15. Martin says:

    nils, cemeterydance.com has a description of the book, Ig Perrish is short for Ignatius Martin Perrish. I believe the description is provided by the publisher. The description sounds very original. I am looking forward to this one!

  16. John Liptow says:

    For what it’s worth, I’d rather read the story and leave the brag to the gossip rags.

  17. Betsy Boo says:

    Ignatius Martin Perrish? IMP?? Pretty cool Joe!

    A friend of mine recently showed me her iPod Touch & I think I fell in love! She has thousands of pics stored on it and is able to download audio books & music on it. Now Joe has given me another reason to want one…sounds like a Christmas present to me!

  18. Arno Hurter says:

    All’s forgiven, Joe. Glad to see you back and blogging away. Can’t wait to get mY dirty mitts on my favourite new author’s latest treat, the long-awaited HORNS. Like liver-snaps to a Poodle!

  19. Ryall says:

    Incidentally, issue 1 of CROWN OF SHADOWS will be in stores November 11, too.

  20. Betsy Boo says:

    Yay!! Can’t hardly wait!

  21. Muffia Molly says:

    With all of the reality TV shows kids think life experience can be garnered by watching their favorite shows. Wrong! Nothing makes up for life experience!

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