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Posted by GG Goblin On October - 13 - 2010

The PSP Comic Store is well established now, offering quite a selection of comics and graphic novels. But traditional book publishers have yet to take advantage of this new way of reading. Until now, that is…

 
Orb Entertainment Ltd. have teamed up with not one, but two publishers to bring something new to the PSP Comic Store.

 
Firstly, in association with Canongate, the Internet phenomenon that is Simon’s Cat will make an appearance on the PSP, with the latest book – Simon’s Cat: Beyond The Fence. The book is available now on the PSP Comic Store for £5.59.

 
Dan Franklin, Digital Editor at Canongate, says:
‘It’s important to experiment with new reading experiences. I think the PSP allows users young and old to experience Simon’s Cat in a new way – somewhere between animation and a standard ebook. Paul Rhodes and Orb have done great work in curating the experience and directing the jokes, which is fun and really impressive. We want to explore where reading meets gaming and this is a great place to start.’

 
Paul Rhodes, Owner of Orb Entertainment, explains:
‘We’re thrilled to have worked with Simon Tofield, the team at Simon’s Cat,and Canongate on bringing Simon’s Cat: Beyond the Fence to the PSP Comic Store. The book really comes to life on the PSP screen. Publishing in this format should take Simon’s Cat, which has already had over 83million hits on YouTube, out to the wider PlayStation audience and we’re delighted to have been part of that process.’

 
Then, in collaboration with Faber & Faber, we see the classic graphic novel City of Glass by Paul Auster arrive for PSP owners. Featuring illustrations from Paul Karasik and David Mazzucchelli, this epic 144 graphic novel placed at number 45 in The Comic Journal’s ‘Top 100 Most Important Comics of the Century’. Available now on the PSP Comic Store for £4.79.

 
Henry Volans, Head of Faber Digital, said:
‘The success of the PSP Comic Store has opened up a new channel for digital book publishing. We’re proud to be among the first UK book publishers to release titles to the platform, not least because City of Glass is so brilliantly characteristic of Faber’s publishing. It’s great to see this graphic novel paired with a dynamic new platform for reading.’

 
Paul Rhodes, Owner of Orb Entertainment, explains:
‘In the PSP Comic Store, we have a ready-made content delivery pipeline that perhaps isn’t as established in other forms of digital book publishing. PlayStation Network consumers are well-versed in shopping for, and acquiring, digital content. I’m thrilled to have worked with Faber and Faber on such a fabulously realised book. It’s a title that I believe will offer something truly unique to PSP consumers, and may just challenge the perception of what a comic strip has to be.’

 
Let’s hope that this is the start of things to come and an introduction to a wider variety of reading materials on the Sony handheld.

 

1 Response so far
  1. livelybrowsers Said,

    Thanks for good stuff

    Posted on October 20th, 2010 at 4:34 am

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