Friday, March 19, 2010

More Comics on Your Mobile

If you've been following our blog for some time, you would know that we've posted information about comics being made available for the Indian mobile market many times. And that list continues to grow...

Via MediaNama

Mobile VAS company Nazara Technologies has tied up with only two operators – RCOM (GSM only) and Airtel and is in talks with other telcos to bring Archie comic strips in vernacular languages for mobiles.

Nitish Mittersain, CEO, Nazara told Medianama that comics were not viable earlier due to the lower number of GPRS users and that the situation now is better, even in small cities, towns and rural areas.

The landing page for Archies comics is on the operator deck – Airtel Live. It just shows subscription options now but will also offer options for language preference, the company said.

Mobile user can download Archie comic strips in their choice of language by using their GPRS connection at Re 1 per day, Rs 10 per week and Rs 30 for a month depending on their operator.

Read the entire article here.

In other news, Chhota comics will also be available for Vodafone users.

Via MediaNama

Vodafone Essar has launched ‘Chhota Comics’, allowing users to subscribe to comics from Amar Chitra Katha (ACK), Raj Comics, Diamond Comics, Disney and Liquid comics, among others. Comics on Suppandi, Chacha Chaudhary, Mickey & Donald, Akbar Birbal, Winnie the Pooh, Hanuman & lots more are available.

According to the release, over 35 titles are made available at a rather high Rs. 2 per comic strip, or a more reasonable Rs. 15 per full length comic. It’s unfortunate that the content is valid for a period of 1 year only from the date of purchase: as a consumer, are you licensing the content for a year, or do you think you’re buying a mobile comic for perpetuity.

“Chhota Comics” tries to provide a much richer user experience, allowing readers to pan, zoom, and interestingly enough, even incorporating background sounds and phone vibrations according for different situations in the comic; hopefully no electric shocks if a character in the comic is stuck by lightening. In a particular frame, if three characters comment, then in an animated manner, the thought bubbles are shown one by one: makes for much easier reading; sub-titles can also be added if needed.
Read the entire article here.

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