Praise for Madefire’s Digital Comics Debut on Apple TV

The new-look Apple TV is being well received. Image: Apple

The new-look Apple TV is being well received. Image: Apple

We previously reported on the inclusion of a TV-screen friendly version of the Madefire comics on the revamped Apple TV platform, and it’s getting a lot of love from Technology critics on its full debut.

International computer giant Apple – the makers of iPads, iPones and more – announced an App Store for its new Apple TV 4 last month, and its launch partners not only include a lot of games, content readers and video viewers – but a Madefire app to bring comics to your screens, the only digital comics app available with the initial launch.

Naturally, this is a huge deal for Madefire, a company  was founded by artist Liam SharpBen Wolstenholme and Eugene Walden. The winner of Pipedream Comics Digital Comics App of 2014, Madefire delivers an innovative mobile and tablet app with a rich catalogue of new digital comics and Motion Books — the flagship reading experience with added interactivity, sound and motion.

Weekly specials include free comics every Friday and featured day-and-date releases for new comics every Wednesday.

Last revamped in 2012, the new Apple TV4 offers a number of new features, including Siri functionality, an all-new remote, gaming support, and the native Apple TV App Store for downloading and installing third-party apps and games right on the device.

“I never imagined I would get hooked on reading comic books on a TV screen,” comments Brian X. Chen over on the New York Times. ” That changed last week after I picked up a new Apple TV.

“The new device, which is similar to a set-top box and brings video and music from the Internet to a television, now has an app store. So I downloaded Madefire, one of the first apps available for the new device. Madefire adds a twist to digital comics with sound effects, music and motion, bringing the panels to life on the big screen. Within minutes, I was bingeing on a series about Superman turning into a corrupt dictator.”

Read Brian X. Chen’s full New York Times review  of Apple TV and Madefire comics here

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The founder of downthetubes, which he established in 1998. John works as a comics and magazine editor, writer, and on promotional work for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. Working in British comics publishing since the 1980s, his credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine, Star Trek Explorer (previously known as Star Trek Magazine) and more. He also edited the comics anthology STRIP Magazine and edited several audio comics for ROK Comics. He has also edited several comic collections, including volumes of “Charley’s War and “Dan Dare”. He’s the writer of "Pilgrim: Secrets and Lies" for B7 Comics; “Crucible”, a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz; and “Death Duty” and “Skow Dogs” with Dave Hailwood.

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