News Range Murata Posts Dōjinshi for iPhones Worldwide (Updated)
posted on 2009-05-07 19:27 EDT
Popular illustrator and character designer Range Murata (Blue Submarine No. 6, Last Exile, Shangri-La) has posted his Throw Line dōjin (self-published) magazine in the App Store for Apple's iPhone and iPod touch mobile devices. The 25-page magazine of illustrations and sketches is available in the United States and in Japan. 12 of the pages are in color, and the remaining 13 pages are in black-and-white. Murata's dōjin circle, Pasta's Estab, had originally published the magazine at Tokyo's Comic Market 72 convention in 2007. Murata turned to the companies ComicStream and realglobe Inc. to adapt his work for the App Store.
The realglobe Inc. distributor also released Hideki Shibata's Terraformed Consent book and Sayaka Kato's Hues of Bloom book on the App Store this past week. It previously released Akatsuki Kato's Scrap book, Haneko's Momoirousako book, Minami Nakajima's South Forest book, and Ryuca's The House book.
Source: Mycom Journal
Image © Murata, Range/ comic-stream.jp LLP
Update: The same books are available in the App Store in Canada, the United Kingdom, the Philippines, and other countries. Yoshitoshi ABe is another popular illustrator who is selling his dōjinshi in multiple countries through the App Store. The software distributor Yappa has been distributing free Japanese manga from pioneering creator Osamu Tezuka since last month.
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