by Dave on 12/04/13 at 6:59 pm
Did you know Android smartphones consist of more than 80% of the mobile phone market? The stat always amazes me.
Attention on the iPhone is always so great that it’s easy to forget that as of the most recent quarterly market share reports, iOS only accounts for 12% of the total market. It’s not even close to Android.
And yet, back in the olden times we knew as March of 2013, Marvel unexpectedly announced the release of their exciting Marvel Digital Comics Unlimited app for iOS only. It wasn’t until a couple months later that the Android version of the Marvel Unlimited app was released, and in many ways it still doesn’t feel quite ready.
One major question remains: Just how functional is Marvel Unlimited for Android? (more…)
Bad Boys 2. I’m ten years old, and she hands me a DVD of Bad Boys 2.
My aunt isn’t necessarily the most age appropriate gift-giver. One time for my brother’s 12th Birthday, she gave him a package containing 2nd-grade learning trivia cards. I think my brother’s a bone-head, but that’s a BIG four grade miss, even for his limited intellectual capacity.
So it should come as no surprise that for Christmas as a 10 year old, my aunt handed me a DVD of the R-rated, Martin Lawrence starring, Bad Boys 2. At 10, my mom wouldn’t let me watch Batman & Robin (in retrospect, this was a godsend. I may have grown up hating Batman, Robin, and movies in general). Yet here I am with a disc full of cusswords, sex, guns, and who knows what else. Just think of the pot weed! And my innocent little (yet surprisingly accomplished) mind!
Age appropriate? Not quite. (more…)
More often than not, decisions involving comic books don’t create too much financial stress. There are obvious exceptions (Nic Cage’s copy of Action Comics #1 comes to mind), but generally speaking a $2.99 (or, gasp!, $3.99) comic won’t break the bank.
This all gets thrown out the window when we start considering the device you want to use to read your digital comics. Do you stick to a laptop/desktop? Do you invest in a sleek 10 inch tablet? What about a mini tablet to save a few dollars? And what about the Kindle or Nook e-reader devices? What’s the best device for comic book reading? (more…)
Avengers: Endless Wartime is the first of Marvel’s new Original Graphic Novel series, and on the surface everything sounds like a huge win for Marvel fans. Comic book legend Warren Ellis writing an all-new, standalone Avengers graphic novel? I couldn’t pre-order the book fast enough.
Now that I’ve had time to read Endless Wartime, though, I’ve found it’s not quite the runaway success I was hoping. Is this graphic novel worth your dollars? Let’s take a closer look: (more…)
Brain K. Vaughn and Pia Guerra’s Y: The Last Man is notable for a number of reasons, not least of which is that this comic series is stuffed to the brim with pop culture references. That’s not exactly a primary reason why Y: The Last Man is a shoe-in on any “best graphic novels” list, but is a hugely central component of the reading experience. (more…)
I got an interesting and relatively important MDCU related question from a reader today. I’m paraphrasing, but the question was basically: Why are my comics in Marvel Unlimited smaller than Muggsy Bogues?
Think I have the answer. (more…)
Spoilers suck. I find it consistently amazing how important spoiler-free integrity can be to popular art.
Take TV for example. I don’t watch Game of Thrones in the moment. No HBO subscription, and honestly I haven’t found a show that makes for a quicker, better, binge-watch DVD bull rush. Dexter comes close. But Game of Thrones is an easy first. (more…)
There are certain things that really shouldn’t happen. Elephants shouldn’t fly. Baseball players shouldn’t cry. Humans shouldn’t eat mushrooms willingly (it’s a fungus y’all, come on).
Perhaps more importantly than any of the above, Thor should NOT beat Thanos in a standalone knockdown dragout brouhaha. And of course that’s exactly what happens in Dan Jurgens and John Romita Jr’s early 2000′s Thor #21-#25. (more…)
Why I Created Comic Book Herald (Or: The CBH Story (Or: I Just Like the Comics Library Lady, I Swear))
I’m sitting in a library reading comic books. I have only recently graduated college, and I have found myself a job in marketing, and I don’t hate the job yet, but that will come just be patient.
Not you. You don’t need to be patient. I mean, it’s not terrible advice, depending on the context I suppose. For example, if you’re reading this instead of catching the last train out to your office, or instead of picking up your child from daycare, maybe be less patient? A little haste could improve things? I don’t want to be bossy though. The choice is yours. But you don’t need to be patient in regards to my disillusionment with my first job. That isn’t even a part of this story.
This story? Yes. This is the story of why I started Comic Book Herald, the blog you are reading now. It starts in the library, after work, as a grown adult. With comics. (more…)