Carnival Comics scares up downloadable apps

May 24, 2009 | 4:39 p.m.

Hero Complex stalwart Jevon Phillips keeps an eye on comics pushing into new tech mediums, and today he has a report on a Blackberry-based funny book…  

Everyone is living on their cellphones nowadays with games, GPS directions, Cylon detectors and more, so why shouldn’t comics readers be able to take advantage? Carnival Comics is making it possible.

Of course, if you have a phone that gives you the full Internet, you can read digital comics and graphic novels like “Heroes” or the ones from Marvel. Others have launched comic book apps, like Dark Horse’s “Terminator“, but Carnival went the extra step of making the downloadable tidbits available on the BlackBerry Storm. Two books, Carnival of Souls and Funhouse of Horrors, are being offered.

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Clowns, as Stephen King and everyone else knows, are fairly terrifying. Carnival of Souls has three books split into 12 chapters, a breakdown that keeps download time shorter. The first three chapters are free, while the fourth is $2.99. Or as they say in the press release, “If you want to see how it all goes down, you’ve got to throw some coin to the clown!” The Funhouse of Horrors book was just recently made available for download, but was published last Halloween and sold out.

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Guess I’ll do what he says.

– Jevon Phillips

Photos: Carnival Comics

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