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Champion! Magazine is a brand new and free to download digital magazine for the iPad platform that was put together by some Comic Book industry giants, as well as a few familiar names from the Howard Stern Universe.  While listening to Ralph Cirella’s GEEKTIME show last week on Howard 101 I overheard Mr. Cakes talking about a new iPad app that he helped create with Sam Simon (Simpsons creator), Michael Cotton (Comic Book Guy), and a host of familiar names from the comics landscape.  Knowing Ralph and his penchance for slothness I had to check out the Champion! Magazine app to see if it was really as awesome as he was plugging it on Stern’s program last Thursday.  Ralph may get a bad wrap as a slacker on the show, but when it comes to his geekness and love of comic books he’s no bum, as is evident in the work done on the Champion! app for iPads.

The Champion! Magazine app for iPad, in my opinion, should be put on a must install list for anyone who claims to be a fan of comic books.  Hell, you don’t even have to be an uber fan, even casual on-lookers will find something entertaining in the issues of Champion!.  Now if you’re expecting some low-quality turd because Ralph was involved then you’re gravely mistaken.  I feel that Ralph did a fine job as Design Director, and with Michael Cotton serving as the EIC I have no doubts that this thing will be a worthwhile app in the long run.  Sam Simon and Steve Blackwell round out the co-founder list for this project, so if anything this app is backed by some industry vets, and with Simon’s endless supply of cash Champion! should continue to grow and get better.

Two Different Views of Champion! Magazine’s Main Menu & Preview Issue Cover Art

As it stands now there’s only one issue of the Champion! Magazine to download, which serves as the preview for things to come.  The preview edition of the digital mag is free to download, but I’m guessing future issues may cost a nominal fee to download, or may even require some sort of subscription.  In all honestly if there is a fee I’d be fine paying it as long as it is reasonable and similar to print magazine subscriptions.  If this thing costs $5 an issue then I may not be able to justify purchasing each one, but due to the apps awesomeness I may have to fight my finger from touching the download button if this becomes the case.

Champion! Magazine’s design and functionality is very similar to the EGMi app for iPad, so if you’ve ever used that app you can expect the same high level of tech when it comes to C!M.  It is a completely touch based experience which makes it a perfect fit for the iPad platform.  There’s all kinds of features that encourage you to get to tapping, and the navigation feels natural as if you were turning the pages of an actual magazine.  Each page can offer a myriad of different interactive features such as audio clips, video, scrollable images, and more.  To be blunt you’d have to have an IQ rating of Dull or lower to not be able to utilize this app. Remember what Steve Jobs said, “It Just Works!”

Examples of the Highly Interactive Content Found in Champion! Magazine

Now as far as what to expect when it comes to content in an edition of Champion! Magazine geeks can expect a heavy helping of comic book industry news, comic book exclusive issues, interviews with comic book insiders, sh*t from Ralph’s mega toy collection, recommended stuff to buy, and more. I hate to keep making the comparison, but Champion! is to comic books as EGMi is to video games. It’s content will help fans of comics to learn about new characters, universes, existing characters, as well as recommendations on what to focus your attention on when it comes to everything comics. Not to mention C!M will also take readers behind the scenes with exclusive interviews and commentaries by some of the industry’s biggest names like Jim Lee, who just so happens to be featured in the free preview edition.

Like I mentioned earlier all of this content can be interacted with through touch motions.  Certain articles may require you to scroll within a text box to read more of the article, while others may feature sound bytes that can be launched through a touch tap.  There’s even a GEEKTIME section that offers more interaction via 360 degree rotation capabilities with one of Ralph’s featured toys.  There’s nothing like spinning a Rocketeer doll around and around with your finger to see every last bit of detail that was crammed into this collectible.

Not to be a Suck A*s but I think Ralph’s Section is My Favorite

Champion! Magazine is a wonderful free app for the iPad platform that for the most part works flawlessly (some sections stick depending on where you swipe or slide, but not a deal breaker at all) to bring comic book geeks across the world the latest industry news in an interactive digital format.  If you’ve been hankering for a new and creative way to read up on the comic book industry then the Champion! app may be right up your alley.  It offers engaging content that could never be achieved in a print magazine, and with a team of geeks at the helm I doubt that this endeavor will go stale.

All I can hope for is that Champion! Magazine doesn’t cost an arm and a leg if they choose to charge for it.  I don’t envision it being too expensive, but if Ralph wants a War Machine life-size statue he may try to score some cash out of us via Champion!  Hopefully he, Sam, or Michael Cotton can comment on their pricing plans in the near future.  Make sure to head on over to this link to download Champion! Magazine today, or just search for it in the App Store.  It definitely is worthy of the EB Geek Stamp of Approval!  You’ve found the digital magazine for comic books that you’ve been looking for…

 

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Matt Heywood is the founder and EIC of EntertainmentBuddha.com where he strives to make you a better geek, one post at a time! When he's not scouring the Internet for interesting nuggets of awesomeness he can be found in his secret lair enjoying the latest and greatest video games, taking pictures of toys, or talking Star Wars on EB's Star Wars Time podcast show.