Clickwheel.net are on a
quest to bring online comics to the masses. They released a
comics reader for the iPod Touch and iPhone in the summer. This week Clickwheel
launched a new website Comicbrush.
Comicbrush brings content creation tools to a web based system. What that means is anyone who wants to make a comic can using the tools on Comicbrush. You simply upload any images you own and want to use, whether they are photos, drawings, or computer generated art, and Comicbrush gives you the tools to manipulate them into panels, add word balloons and captions, and give yourself a final product. The big difference to other comic book creator software is that it is free!
The free part extends to using your own content, sharing it via email, Facebook (and other social networks) or to iPod Touch/iPhone. In addition to these, Comicbrush will regularly release premium artpacks. These will contain works done by professional artists commissioned by Tim Demeter, and will include images and characters from 2000AD, which shares a parent company with the site. These packs’ cost will be displayed in points, with each costing about 600. New users will be started off with 1000, so premium content is available for free right when you sign up. In addition to that, users can purchase points at around five US Dollars for 2500 point pack, plus a bonus 150 points. This equates to 2.5 GBP, which is what all European users will pay in for the time being. Prices are displayed automatically by the region the user logs in from. Several new art packs will go up monthly, with at least one from each group being free. They even plan to allow users to suggest artpacks that will include items or people they want to use in their stories.
Comicbrush is ultimately about making comic creation simple and free (or at least relatively inexpensive). Demeter says they just want “to introduce the fun of creating and sharing comics to anyone and everyone.”