It's totally unique in the sense that it successfully blends elements from two worlds - live comedy and sequential comics - and the result is a comic strip playing out on a mobile screen that crackles with the energy and genuine hilarity of real life.
Kansas City, MO (PRWEB) December 16, 2008
Uclick®, the #1 provider of comics online and on mobile phones, is once again expanding the range of comic genres available for the iPhone and iPod Touch, this time adding a trio of popular webcomics from the Uclick-owned online comics portal GoComics.com to its App Store comics lineup. We the Robots, by Chris Harding, joins the wildly popular fantasy strip Pibgorn and stand-up comedian Scott Meyer's "How-to" strip, Basic Instructions, in a new line of downloadable webcomics applications for the iPhone and iPod Touch.
We the Robots, by Chris Harding, debuted online in 2007 and quickly built a cult following. The strip, which re-imagines our world with robots filling the roles of humans, joined Uclick on GoComics.com in early 2008.
"We the Robots is a webcomic that never fails to catch readers by surprise," said Uclick CEO Douglas Edwards. "When I show it to people for the first time, the expression on their faces is priceless. At first glance, the art seems so simple and innocent. But Chris Harding is masterful at using these happy little robot characters to deliver jokes that hit on multiple levels - from slapstick to thought-provoking, and everything in between. On the iPhone and iPod Touch, the timing and unpredictability of the strip take center stage."
Pibgorn has been a smash-hit since Uclick added it to GoComics.com in May 2007. The strip follows the adventures of a fairy in both the real and fantasy worlds. Creator Brooke McEldowney, who is also creator of the popular syndicated comic strip 9 Chickweed Lane, is well-known for crafting stories in Pibgorn that play out in daily installments over a span of several months.
"In Pibgorn we have a webcomic that is just a natural fit for the iPhone and iPod Touch," said Edwards. "It's a strip that truly plays out like a graphic novel, in both the pacing and in the complexity of the narrative.
"And the unique thing about Pibgorn in this digital format is that you can appreciate the flow of the story in a new way. It's not something that's easy to sense in the smaller daily installments we run online. On the iPhone and iPod Touch, you get a more continuous view of the larger tapestry Brooke McEldowney is weaving with each panel. You end up developing a greater appreciation of the artist's craftsmanship through the experience."
Stand-up comedian Scott Meyer describes his strip, Basic Instructions, as "Your all-inclusive guide to a life well-lived." The strip covers topics as diverse as "How to Deal with Boredom" and "How to Travel Back in Time to Deliver a Dire Warning to Your Former Self," usually through an exchange of dialogue between Meyer's likeness and that of his wife, a coworker, a friend, or sometimes even himself.
The popularity of the strip grew exponentially when a famous fan made his appreciation of the strip public. After Scott Adams, the mind behind the syndication giant Dilbert, contacted Meyer to offer syndication advice, the strip developed a large and steady Web following, eventually landing an online syndication deal with Uclick on GoComics.com.
"Basic Instructions looks phenomenal on the multi-touch screen and happens to be one of my favorites," said Edwards. "The strip almost always consists of four panels of back-and-forth, and each panel ends with its own joke that is part of the larger theme. So every tap or swipe of the screen delivers another laugh, and each four-panel strip reads like a comedy skit.
"It's totally unique in the sense that it successfully blends elements from two worlds - live comedy and sequential comics - and the result is a comic strip playing out on a mobile screen that crackles with the energy and genuine hilarity of real life."
We the Robots, Pibgorn and Basic Instructions are the first in the Uclick line of webcomics for the iPhone and iPod Touch, a line that will be expanding in the coming months. There are currently three collections of We the Robots, two collections of Pibgorn and one collection of Basic Instructions available for download in the App Store.
"On the near horizon we'll be offering many more well-known web-based creators in the App Store," Edwards said. "If I told you any more than that, I'd be ruining the surprise. But I can tell you that we've made a firm commitment to bring the best in webcomics to the iPhone and iPod Touch, because we believe this device offers a fantastic comics-reading experience. As comics fans ourselves, we want the medium to be well-represented on these devices, and that means delivering more of the comics people love in the best on-device experience."
UCLICK® is a leading digital entertainment provider of comic strips, manga, graphic novels, editorial cartoons, and other content for desktop, web and mobile phones. Uclick is also the leading creator and distributor of crosswords, and other word and number puzzles. Partners featuring Uclick content include the leading consumer portals Yahoo!, MSNBC.com, New York Times, washingtonpost.com, CNN, USA Today, and AOL. Uclick features include the top brand franchises Garfield, Doonesbury, Calvin and Hobbes, Paul Frank, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, TOKYOPOP, USA Today, Pat Sajak, Wyland, and many more. Uclick creative content and services are available through the GoComics.com website, U.S. mobile phone operators, the iTunes App Store, and other distributors worldwide. UCLICK, LLC is a division of Andrews McMeel Universal, the leading newspaper syndicate and publisher of humor books and calendars in North America.
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