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Here’s What Happens When You Combine a Comic Book, an iPad and Augmented Reality

What happens when you add digital technology to an old-fashioned book? You get a Kindle, obviously.

Unless you do it the way Anomaly Productions is doing it: Then you get a comic book that looks and works just like the kind you used to see — except it can leap off the page and interact with you and your iPad.*

Co-founder Brain Haberlin showed off his graphic novel and technology at D: Dive into Media, and it’s pretty eye-popping stuff.  The fact that his partner is Skip Brittenham, one of Hollywood’s most important power brokers, means certain people are going to pay attention to Anomaly out of the gate. But if it works it’s going to be because regular people want to read this way. Maybe they will!

*Or Android tablet, or whatever.


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The problem with the Billionaire Savior phase of the newspaper collapse has always been that billionaires don’t tend to like the kind of authority-questioning journalism that upsets the status quo.

— Ryan Chittum, writing in the Columbia Journalism Review about the promise of Pierre Omidyar’s new media venture with Glenn Greenwald