Great new features are now available for Comixer - The Comics Mixer, a comics-making iPad app for 7- to 13-year-olds (and everybody else!). To celebrate the new release, the app is on sale for $0.99 until November 1 in the iPad App Store. Created by three former editors of Nickelodeon Magazine, Comixer is a game, a puzzle, and a creative tool all in one. The new update, v1.3, makes it a great reading experience, too.
With Comixer, players "mix" cartoon panels to create their own stories, the way a deejay mixes tracks to make a new song. The dozens of panels are designed to work together in endless combinations. The stories can be funny, action-packed, suspenseful, or totally wacky.
Indie comics legend Johnny Ryan drew the panels, but how the story unfolds is completely up to the user - there are no right or wrong answers. For kids, Comixer encourages creativity and reinforces literacy skills. Players build a library of their masterpieces, and with version 1.3, they can now read their comics in a digital comic book, too. They can also email their favorite stories or share them on Facebook.
Top app reviewer The iPhone Mom had this to say about Comixer: "I love it when I find an app that's both educational and appealing to my older children ... A simple and potentially hilarious exercise in creativity."
Comixer illustrator Johnny Ryan adds, "There's a king, a horse, a fairy godmother, an ogre, and a bundt cake. Who wouldn't want to play?"
Comixer's features include:
• More than 75 panels to mix and match to make hilarious stories and jokes
• Panels drawn by renowned indie cartoonist Johnny Ryan
• Read your comic in a digital comic book
• Build a library of awesome comics created by you
• Email your comics and share them on Facebook
• Hours of creative fun for one or more players!
Comixer - The Comics Mixer is the brainchild of three former editors from Nickelodeon Magazine. When the magazine folded, freshly unemployed editors Chris Duffy, Laura Galen, and Carmen Morais committed to bringing their expertise in entertaining and educating kids to the iPad. Their love of humor, comics, and puzzles led them to the idea of creating a comics mixer, where kids can create their own stories.
Comics artist Johnny Ryan is the creator of Angry Youth Comix, among other titles, and a regular contributor to Vice Magazine. Robert Leighton creates puzzles for the New York Times, gags for the New Yorker, and illustrates children's books. Johnny and Robert were regular contributors to the groundbreaking Nickelodeon Magazine comics section. Comixer's design was done by the award-winning New York City studio Open. Prolific mobile developer and serial entrepreneur Basil Hafez completes the Comixer team.