Cloud 9 Comix Brings Comics from Around the Globe to your iPad
Benjamin Slabak has announced the launch of Australia’s first digital comic book publisher, Cloud 9
Comix. Collecting the best of independent comics from all six continents, Cloud 9 Comix delivers
some of the favorite titles from Italy, France, Croatia, India, Argentina, Australia, USA and many
other countries, with a number of titles fully translated and adapted into English language for the
very first time.
Spectrum Pacific Publishing, founded by Benjamin Slabak in 1996 in Sydney, Australia, have
developed and published over 30 computer games before moving towards digital publishing in 2010
that will cover comic books, magazines, books, as well as casual games for digital handheld devices.
“We are big fans of the international comic book scene and we will bring a number of classic Italian
fumetti, French BD, as well as titles from Asia and South America to the digital platform, starting
with the iPad and following up with Android and other platforms in the coming months”, says Mr
Slabak. “Furthermore, we will work with and support independent comic book authors and small
publishers in making their titles available to an audience that’s wider than ever before. A myriad of
digital tablets and e-reader devices are slated for release during 2011 and we expect the digital
comic book scene to experience a boom in 2011”.
The iPad app, codenamed Silver Lining, available now as a FREE download from iTunes, was
developed internally by Spectrum Pacific Publishing and it features a store-front that lists the
available comics, previews of each comic, and a handy shelf feature where the purchased comics are
stored and easily accessed. The simplicity of use of the app is one of its strengths and the comic
book fans will surely enjoy flipping between the pages of the many comic books and graphic novels
available in the store, with a number of free ones available to download. The full catalog of the
comics is also available on the official website http://cloud9comix.com.
Cloud 9 Comix has also collected the best of Australian comic book titles under its brand and titles
such as Dark Detective: Sherlock Holmes, Vienna, Dark Nebula, Southern Squadron, The Wraith, and
others, which are already available for purchase in the Cloud 9 Comix iPad store.
Mr Slabak drew attention to the quality and clarity of comics on the iPad which is “perfect for comic
books and it allows one to take their comic book collection with them and read them on the go; and
with most comics priced between $0.99 and $1.99 USD, it has never been more affordable to get
back into the wonderful world of comics and graphic novels. Our catalog offers something for
everyone, with new titles being added on regular basis”.
Small publishers and independent studios such as Red Handed Studios, Ratti Entertainment, Spinner
Rack Comics, Black House Comics, Level 10 Comics, Azure Press, Heroic Publishing, Cinemacomics,
Urban Style Comics, Vimanika Comics, and a vast number of others, have joined the ever-growing
Cloud 9 Comix family, which now features over 150 unique titles from all six continents, making
Cloud 9 Comix the only truly global digital comic book publisher. Additionally, comics will be
available in a variety of languages including Italian, Spanish, German, Croatian, and others.
“We are excited about launching Cloud 9 Comix and look very much forward to building our brand
and reaching new audiences with much content never before accessible on the global scale. This is
an opportunity for independent authors and publishers to show their labour of love to the world
which would not be possible without the digital platform”, says Mr Slabak. “I invite everyone with an
iPad to download our free app and sample some of the comic book titles available from us.”
“Come join us, we’re on Cloud 9!”
Official Cloud 9 Comix promo video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BzDmip68u0w
The Dark Nebula, The Southern Cross & The Southern Squadron are all now available through Cloud 9 Comix - coming to an Ipad near you.