Manga via the cellphone
August 22nd, 2005

“Sony Pictures Entertainment Inc. will almost triple the number of comic books it formats for viewing on cell phones in a move that will make it the No. 1 provider of popular Japanese “manga” comics for cell phones”,USA Today reports.The article says “cell-phone comics use a technology called Comic Surfing,developed by Tokyo-based venture firm Celsys,which takes viewers through manga stories at a carefully calculated speed and sequence.The manga frames are specially formatted to fit on tiny mobile phone screens.Pop-up frames and vibration during action scenes add to the drama.Cell-phone comics with preprogrammed sound effects are also coming soon,said Toppan Publishing spokesman Katsunori Onishi”.

Companies offer cell-phone comics in Japan


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