Version Reviewed: 2.0.0
Device Reviewed On: iPad 2
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I'm a big fan of comic books despite only recently being able to satisfy my love of them quite so much. Thanks to the wonders of my trusty iPad, I've been able to discover so many more great stories courtesy of the Marvel and Comixology apps. It's a sometimes expensive yet highly enjoyable hobby. Emananta supplements that selection with some lesser known artistic works, providing new and emerging artists with a place to showcase their creations. The best part? Many of the comics are free.
The app is ideally suited towards the iPad. Immediately simple to browse, there's hardly any need to sign up for an account. At least, not straight away. Users can immediately swipe their way through the content that's currently available. It's a pretty varied selection too. I found everything from a Blaxploitation comic strip to a surreal comic strip called Grown Up Babies. It's eclectic but that means there's always something to read, no matter what the mood. Each comic comes with a brief line or two detailing the background of the author which is quite interesting, as well as the means in which to "follow" them to track any new releases.
The vast majority of comic books currently available through Emananta are free, with a select number requiring an in-app purchase of between $0.99 and $3.99. It's possible to preview these beforehand, however, to get an idea of what to expect of the full product.
Everything about Emananta is heavily geared towards ease of use. Signing up for an account only took a few moments and provides users with the ability to "follow' artists to see their latest creations easily, as well as be able to transfer purchases across devices.
It's a smart package and one that extends the variety of comic books available through the iPad immensely. It's especially great to see such a useful portal for indie artists. I hope that the app will continue to be regularly updated with new content as it's a great read.