Wham-bam superman! Five apps for comic lovers

Wham-bam superman! Five apps for comic lovers

Thanks to all the superhero movies Marvel and DC Comics have lined up, comic books have never been more popular or cool. These days, there are plenty of apps out there for all kinds of comic book lovers

Comics (by ComiXology)

Every self-respecting comic book fan will have the Comics app already, but here's the low-down in case you're late to the party. The reader gives you instant access to more than 75,000 digital comics, graphic novels and manga. The digital comics are released on the same day as print editions and high-definition files make sure none of the action is lost.

Available: iOS/Android - Free


Strip Designer

Create comic book images featuring your family and friends. First, select from one of the many page templates, then insert your own photos into the cells, and add plenty of sound-effect speech bubbles to spice things up. The best thing about this app is the freedom it gives you to create truly unique picture stories. Once you've finished, you can save your work to an album, email it to your friends, or upload it to social media.

Available: iOS - HK$23 (Try Comic Strip It! For Android - Free)


Sound Effects

You know all the storylines by heart, you have the merchandise, and you obsess over every plot twist. Surely you're the ultimate comic book nerd, right? Not if you've never tried making your own life into a graphic novel. Virtually every conversation can be improved with a few cartoon sound effects like "Zap!", "Bam!", "Pow!" and "Wham!". This app is for those who live, breathe and dream cartoons - and shout "Kablammo!" when closing the fridge.

Available: iOS/Android - Free


Comic Chameleon

Web comics have really evolved in the past few years, and it now takes a smart and useful app like Comic Chameleon just to keep track of them all. It lets you navigate 130 of your fave web strips, like xkcd, Questionable Content, and Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal, with a simple panel-by-panel interface.

Available: iOS/Android - Free


Manga Rock

You can get manga via the Comics app, but if you don't want all the American comics, download the awesome Manga Rock. It's easily the most popular manga reader available for your phone or tablet, and boasts more than 100,000 manga from at least 20 sources. It supports seven languages, as well as fan translations. Fancy starting a new series? Search by genre and set up push notifications to make sure you never miss out on new stuff.

Available: iOS/Android - Free

This article appeared in the Young Post print edition as
Wham-bam superman!

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