If you’re looking for a cinematic way to interact with content, there’s a comic book reading app that’s doing so, and with a perfect new story here just in time for Halloween.
The platform is called Macroverse and it’s home to a style of reading that’s incumbent on you, the reader, not passively looking at the screen in front of you.
As per the company:
Macroverse stands apart from other digital comics platforms not only because of its highly curated comics, but also its TapStory format. TapStory holds steadfast to comics as an art form, not constrained by a physical page or endless scroll, by creating a more “cinematic experience” as a key part of the storytelling. This format is the first of its kind, a true re-imagining of the comics medium that’s sure to capture the imagination of the next generation of comics creators and readers alike.
I tried out the Macroverse app on my iPhone with the first “issue” of the series Phobos, from 2019 Best Web Comic Eisner-nominated creator, Jason Brubaker (reMIND, Sithrah) and thought it was a good looking and intuitive experience. The story, about a vampire caught mid-transformation between man and bat for 700 years, looks gorgeous in black and white, and the tapping nature of Macroverse gives off the feeling of turning page books, yet in a decidedly modern way. While similiar to the guided view nature of reading comiXology, it’s clear that significant thought has been put into a cinematic experience on the Macroverse platform.
“I have been looking for a digital home for Phobos for the last five years, but was never satisfied with any reading experience online until Macroverse showed up! Phobos and I are proud to call Macroverse our new digital home,” said Jason Brubaker. “In my experience flipping a book’s page has always been the most enjoyable reading experience. I’ve hosted webcomics and used infinite canvases, but with Macroverse, reading a comic still has that ‘page turn’ feel but with even more dimension. You’re almost able to see between the panels now. It’s one step closer to an actual movie without sacrificing the comic reading experience.”
You can download the Macroverse app, get more information on how to subscriber to the service, and the first issue of Phobos FOR FREE here.