We’ve had our Tricorder, a.k.a. iPhone, for a couple of weeks now, and despite its hefty price tag and hefty data plan, we can’t imagine going back to a world where we don’t sleep with it beneath our pillow every night. There’s a growing sense that the iPhone will be the killer platform for downloading and reading comics in a portable, esthetically pleasing form. Cartoonist Sherm Cohen has even started a new blog devoted to reading comics on iPhones. His earliest experiments were somewhat inconclusive, but that is sure to change:
Good idea, but when I viewed the comic pages on the iPhone, I found them to have been magically degraded in resolution…so much that images were too blurry to comfortably read. What gives? Turns out that the iPhone automatically “optimizes” (=ruins) the images when you import them. No workaround for this yet.
PDF files don’t get degraded when you import them into your iPhone, but the iPhone needs a native PDF reader even more than it needs a comic book reader application. The only way to get a PDF file into your iPhone right now is to email it to yourself and read it as an attachment. I don’t want to wait for a 35Mb download over the iPhone’s bandwidth. Not a viable solution IMHO.
BTW, at the Comic Book Visionaries panel at San Diego, Grant Morrison stated that you can’t take computers into the bath[room]. Duty compels us to tell you that FMB also got an iPhone, and has already proven that is just not true.