Manga on Mobiles

Sony Japan is jumping on providing manga comics on mobile phones. Rather than just provide the images, Celsys’ has developed a program, Comic Surfing, that shows each frame and slowly surfs over the whole comic, makes the phone vibrate on action scenes and will have sound. A video on the comics is online at Wireless Watch Japan. Sony have signed deals with 10 manga artists to provide over 300 comics. According to The Age, ‘manga maniacs spent an estimated Y100 billion ($A1.2 billion) on comics in 2004’. Viewers of the manga on mobiles will pay Y315 ($A3.80) to download five manga titles a month by an artist of their choice.

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