Interactive Comic iBook is No Longer a Fantasy

Bethpage, New York – Tom McGrane announces The Damned Meanderers Chapters 1 and 2. The Damned Meanderers is a newly published work of multimedia, for the fantasy genre, on iTunes and iBookstore. After learning the war they have been fighting was never theirs to fight, six soldiers decide to set out for home and must confront various forms of land, danger and rogues, but also the six very different souls within their group. The comic ebook series indulges in sound effects, ambient sounds, and a cinema soundtrack.

First time author, Tom McGrane, can finally breathe easier. “Technology has finally caught up to me”, he sighs with relief. Sixteen years ago, back in 1996, Tom had an idea to create a multimedia comic website. However, the way he envisioned it made him feel technology wasn’t quite there yet. From start to finish, the multimedia comic book needed to be executed on the computer, not even drawn. Through the use of 3D applications, like Poser and Bryce, Tom wanted to create his fantasy world and tell a story of the importance of acceptance and friendship. With the addition of a soundtrack, sound effects, ambient sounds, and a bit of animation (but keeping the traditional comic book text balloon), Tom wanted to enhance the readers’ reading experience. Now sixteen years later, he finally feels he can. And better yet, publish his work as an ebook so readers can read it on their tablets, in any environment. But, first, he needed to see if he can attract a respectable readership.

The Damned Meanderers was originally published on the web on July 15, 2012 on its own website. Every month a new chapter was published in two parts, appearing the 1st and 15th of every month respectively. In its first two months of being published, The Damned Meanderers attracted over 11,000 readers and visitors. From teenagers to grandparents, Tom’s virtual comic book had caught the eye of many who eagerly await the 1st and the 15th of each month, just to see what’s happened in the Meanderers’ world. Feeling a sense of accomplishment, Tom published his third chapter along with a survey that was to be taken on the website and The Damned Meanderers official Facebook page. The survey asked the 11,000 readers one very simple question, would you like to see The Damned Meanderers as a multimedia comic ebook? The readers gave a resounding reply, Yes!

So, Tom went to work and ported the first three chapters to iBooks. Why iBooks? “Because with 100 million iPad users out there, why not, right?”, replied Tom. Chapter 1, “A Ghost From Days Gone By”, premiered on iTunes and the iBookstore on November 19, 2012. Chapter 2, “Gillo and Greer”, followed on December 1, 2012. Chapter 3, “All One Wants”, will make its iBook debut on December 15, 2012. Chapter 4 will be published in early January and every chapter after that will appear monthly. The sale price for each publication is $3.99 USD and is sold in 50 countries.

Feature Highlights:
* Interactivity
* Animation
* Cinema soundtrack
* Ambient sounds and sound effects
* Illustrated using 3D applications
* Easily bought through iTunes and the iBookstore in 50 countries

Device Requirements:
* Requires iPad with iOS 5.1 or later
* iBooks 3.0 or later

Pricing and Availability:
The Damned Meanderers Chapters 1 and 2 are only $3.99 USD (or equivalent amount in other currencies) each and available worldwide exclusively through the iBookstore in the Graphic Novels category.

The Damned Meanderers
The Damned Meanderers: A Ghost From Days Gone By – Chapter 1
The Damned Meanderers: Gillo and Greer – Chapter 2

Located in Bethpage, New York/USA, The Damned Meanderers multimedia comic ebook series is Tom McGrane’s first publication. Copyright (C) 2012 by Thomas McGrane. The Damned Meanderers (including all prominent characters featured herein), its logo and all character likenesses are trademarks of Thomas McGrane, unless otherwise noted. All rights reserved. Apple, the Apple logo, iPod, the iPod logo, are registered trademarks of Apple Computer in the U.S. and/or other countries.