Champion! Magazine Launches Into 2012 With New Issue Available Now in the iTunes App Store and Newsstand
LOS ANGELES, Feb. 8, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — The next great comic and pop culture event isn’t in New York or San Diego – it’s on your iPad. Having steadily attracted a readership since its initial preview launch this past September, with over 37,000 app launches and 20,000 issue downloads, Champion! Magazine made its 2012 debut Monday.
Fans of comic books and pop culture will find that they now have “a Comic-Con experience right at their finger tips,” says publisher Sam Simon. The January edition features an exclusive cover photographed and costumed cosplay photo essay by pop culture icon Howard Stern, with true fans dressed in their own detailed recreations of their favorite comic characters from Marvel’s Scarlet Witch to Star Wars hero, Chewbacca.
A video preview of the shoot can be viewed here: http://youtu.be/odmHRQyjpKE
Champion! offers previews and reviews of comic books, toys, television, movies and more. The first 2012 issue features a new interview with pop culture icon Nicolas Cage, takes a behind the scenes tour of the J.J. Abrams FOX hit Alcatraz, catches up with Marvel Comics superstar Brian Michael Bendis as well as an enormous toy and collectible preview.
Robert Kirkman called Champion! “Kind of my favorite thing ever … really innovative stuff,” and USA Today praised, “Smart publications like this make me feel lucky to be an iPad owner!” Designed for the iPad, Champion! is an innovative monthly “ultimate guide” to the world of comic books and pop culture, rife with industry news, in-depth interviews, product reviews and genre-specific recommendations from authentic and informed sources.
The marriage of content and technology gives readers an experience they can’t get from print or a daily website or blog. An evolutionary step forward in publishing for tablet media, Champion! fuses quality journalism with the latest interactive technology: a touch-screen experience incorporating movable images, audio clips, video, live Twitter feeds connecting readers with staff and other readers, and breaking-news updates as they occur.
“Why a digital magazine and not a blog? What does the magazine format have to offer that makes it unique?” asks Champion! co-founder and editor-in-chief Mike Cotton. “Our format is both familiar to readers while offering the most cutting-edge technology and interactivity. Blogs and websites just don’t have the impact or edge they once did. Today, it’s not about the Internet, it’s about how you receive news and entertainment, and that’s through apps.”
Champion! is powered by Adobe’s Digital Publishing Suite, Professional Edition, a tablet publishing solution for highly designed, immersive content published across a variety of marketplaces and devices. To download the app, please visit http://bit.ly/Champion_app.
Champion! Magazine is led by a team of pop culture innovators including publisher Sam Simon, a nine-time Emmy winner best-known for “The Simpsons” and “The Drew Carey Show”; editor-in-chief Mike Cotton, who previously spent a decade at Wizard magazine and is now a weekly contributor to the Howard 101 “GEEKTIME!” radio show on SiriusXM; creative director Steve Blackwell, former Wizard magazine creative director and acclaimed freelance designer; and development director Ralph Cirella, creator of the fan favorite Howard 101 “GEEKTIME!” radio show on SiriusXM.
SOURCE Champion! Magazine