Much like the iPhone, I wasn’t quite convinced with Apple’s first attempt although I would still have described it as a ‘game-changer‘. It wasn’t until subsequent iterations and more importantly the App Store that the iPhone really blossomed. Similarly then, although I’m not convinced by the iPad, the promise of unique applications with innovative interfaces certainly appeals to me.
One such application is Panelfly, a digital comic book reader, I’ve already succumbed to reading comic books using my computer but have always found this to be a clunky half-measure interface. I have acquired the seminal Manga series Akira. I love the movie but have been told several times that the original comic book source material expands and clarifies some of the sketchier moments of the film. An iPad running this software to read Akira seems like an awesome way to get through the thousands of pages it spans.
Before I leave you, I’ll leave you some recommendations based on what I’ve enjoyed, Katsuhiro Otomo’s earlier work on Domu is fantastic as is Monster by Naoki Urusawa. I thought Death Note by Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata was awesome along with The Walking Dead by Robert Kirkman and finally if you haven’t already The Watchmen by Alan Moore which Time includes in it’s list of 100 greatest works of fiction ever created.