Bloom County Goes Digital!


In addition to keeping the entire set of the Bloom County Library on your bookshelves, you Berkeley Breathed fans can also take the strips with you when you’re traveling…if you have an iPad. IDW has signed an exclusive digital distribution deal with Apple for the Eisner Award-winning Bloom County, and Darwyn Cooke’s Eisner Award-winning The Hunter, as well as The Outfit, the second book in his series, and other titles.

We’ve been thinking a lot about how our classic comics can possibly translate to new digital formats. I’m all about readability. Jeff Webber is IDW’s e-publishing guru. I talked to him about how his design team took the book format and ran with it. “It really translates nicely to the iPad screen,” Jeff told me. “Our design team modified the digital format to present the strips on single screens while retaining the overall graphic integrity of the print series. We wanted to make sure this didn’t come off as shoveling a print book into a digital format.” The app features full screen strips covering the first year of Bloom County, from December 1980 through December 1981, along with an introduction by Berkley Breathed and comments about individual strips.


“Apple was excited to see that we’ve brought this classic material to the iPad,” Jeff added. Bloom County Library Vol. 1 was selected by Apple for “New and Noteworthy” in the iPad App Store, and is in the top 10 books.

Bloom County: The Complete Library Volume One is now available from the App Store for $7.99.Click here to download.


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