Comic Books Are Coming To Magic Leap Via Madefire

by Jamie Feltham • October 9th, 2017

Magic Leaps’ augmented reality technology still remains a mystery but, whatever it ends up being, you’ll be able to read comics on it.

Madefire this weekend announced a partnership with Magic Leap to release its digital comic book app on the platform at launch. Readers will be able to project the company’s own ‘Motion Books’, which feature moving panels, into the real world using the AR headset. Think of a traditional comic book page then imagining lifting the individual panels out of it, adding animations to them, and spreading them out in the environment around you. That could be what we’re getting here.

Madefire features content from comic industry giants like DC and Marvel as well as others. This time last year the company released a VR version of its app on the Gear VR, allowing readers to access books like DC’s Injustice in a virtual space.

Magic Leap, meanwhile, still remains shrouded in mystery. While we know that the company is working on technology similar to Microsoft’s HoloLens, we’re yet to see any actual hardware from a company that’s been invested in by the likes of Google. Rumors suggest a pilot run of units may be available soon, though it’s really anyone’s guess at this point.

Would you read comic books in AR? Or is this just the latest failed attempt to replace the physical format?

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  • GarynTX

    A-Ha!

  • NooYawker

    WOW!!!! The announced an app for Magic Leap that’s already on Oculus!!! What amazing news!!!

  • Downvote King

    If their digital lightfield technology actually creates images the eye can focus on in the same manner as a physical 3D object, rather than the optical illusion stereoscopic 3D represents, I would absolutely use it for many applications I avoid with current technologies – including reading comic books.

  • d0x360

    Too bad modern comics are absolutely horrible