Friday, March 16, 2012

Welcome to Monster Isle = Featured on the Mac App Store

We go for the hat trick of posts this morning.

Gryphons...Yowies...Quetzalcoatls... Oh my!

The monsters are coming to your iPad, iPhone, and Mac.

Welcome to Monster Isle ( is our 3rd interactive app, produced by Mobad Media. Illustrated by the superlative Jeff Miracola (, this adventure is like Gilligan's Island meeting Godzilla!

Now Apple has selected Welcome to Monster Isle as a Featured app on the Mac App Store for the coming week!

We're happy but it is well-deserved honor (if we can say so ourselves). See for yourself! The app is chock full of everything you'd ever want on a monster-filled island.
  • 7 incredibly animated (but mysterious) creatures who fill the sky with unusual sounds! These aren't your run-of-the mill beasts...
  • sound FX and dramatic narrative track
  • multiple touch points per screen which unleash surprising and appealing animations
  • hidden pieces of the island's map
  • hidden totems of cackling laughter!
The highest recommendation we can offer is the satisfaction of the artist himself. Now you should know Jeff is a perfectionist and probably the toughest critic of his own work. This is what he had to say after viewing the app:

"Your team knocked this one out of the park!!! I can't sing enough praise about what a fantastic job you all did adapting this book to the iPad. Last night, with my three children gathered around, we went through the book and laughed ourselves silly with all the great animations and sounds. We loved the farting Zillard and Catoblepas. That was an especially hilarious touch. The narration is top notch. I could go on and on with praise but just know that I am very pleased. My kids even said the iPad app was better than the actual, static book. Kinda made me sad ;-) But this really is the ideal way to experience these kinds of books."

We're well aware of the market tension between books and e-books, as well as the aesthetic and cultural arguments. But we are striving to make amazing stories in print and then bring them to life in ways beyond. We hope you enjoy them in the forms they evolve into.

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