#Comic Books are a staple of pop culture. Every year, thousands of people flock to comic cons and apparel, cartoons and other merchandise and/or media is directly inspired by comic book characters, artwork and themes. In the fall of 2016, a new app called PowFolio was released that offers users immediate access to thousands of comics, graphic novels and manga series for free. The innovative platform includes high-quality graphics ensuring that none of the art and illustrations are marred when viewed from a phone or tablet. The app is available on both Android and iOS and features over 14,000 contemporary comics and graphic novels from such creators as Stan Lee, Grant Morrison, Rob Liefield, Mike Deodato, Neal Adams, Deepak Chopra, Brandon Peterson and J Scott Campbell.

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The comic selection includes more than thirty genres; from mature content to a robust children’s section to a vast library of golden-age classics. New content is added every day, chat features are installed and the system can both recommend comics based on individual preferences and bookmark the comics that users are currently reading so no one will lose their place when they close the app.  

Content.

Powfolio is a company made for comic book fans by comic book fans. Powfolio executive David Campiti grew up reading the “Fantastic Four” and other series that were popular in the 1960s and he fondly recalls the joy they brought him. “I was hooked,” he confessed. “I soon went from being a fan to being someone who wanted to write comic books. By the 1980s, I was writing Superman for DC Comics and, eventually, got to write Stan Lee's ‘How To Draw Comics’ and teaching what I'd learned over the years from the masters.” During this process, David became a professional comic book writer, designer, editor, art director, publisher and international agent.

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“I even got to work on international editions of MAD magazine and produce animated cartoons,” he declared. “I always loved Manga an Anime and anything Nintendo super-hero related such as Zelda, Metroid and Mario so it was a real thrill to get paid for finding new talent.” David counts himself lucky to have grown up at a time when most local newsstands and corner shops sold comic books for affordable prices. Yet, today, the landscape has changed dramatically. In fact, most contemporary comics are only sold in comic stores which is a very nice market that is largely inaccessible to a sizable portion of people. “Whole towns, whole cities have no comics shops, meaning kids don't have immediate and easy access to them,” David explained. “That’s when I knew that I had to do something to help foster a new generation of comic fans.” It was this decision that ultimately led to the creation of Powfolio.

Functions

Powfolio works on a number of levels. First and foremost, it aims to introduce readers to both new and classic comics that are free to read and enjoy.

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Secondly, it serves as a platform to aspiring comic book writers who want to showcase their work and gain a fan following. In this way, the app serves as both a creative outlet and a prime site for hobbyists. While somewhat similar sites like Comixology serve a similar purpose, Powfolio aspires to be the most cutting-edge platform in terms of technical advancements, architecture continuous development. Most of all, they actively seek new content and offer publishers a chance to showcase their wares through the platform. At present, Powfolio is especially interested in expanding their Manga and community sections--where anyone who is signed into the system can publish their work—and various genres are accepted from horror to humor to romance. “It’s like Netflix for comics,” David stated. “Scroll until something catches your eye, read the description, look at the graphics and give it a try.” Despite being newly launched, Powfolio is quickly making a name for itself among comic book fans and plans to expand its app—especially the search capabilities—a lot more in the coming months. #Apps #Writers & Artists