The Other Big Story

April 3rd, 2010 by Kyle

So the other thing going on today besides WonderCon was happening only two blocks away at the Apple Store on Market Street in San Francisco. Taking a few minutes away from the action at the con, I decided to scope out some of the action surrounding the iPad launch.

Here’s the line to get in, which by 2PM only stretched half a block up Powell Street.

Here’s the line looking down Powell. Fortunately, there was no line to get in to the store if you weren’t going to buy an iPad.

I hold one in my hot little hands. Note WonderCon badge.

Easily small and light enough to hold in one hand. Very comfortable. Note size compared to my can of Coke.

It seemed just slightly smaller than I imagined it. It’s light, but a bit heavier than a Kindle.

Here’s a pic with a couple of dollar bills for size comparison.

And sitting on top of a standard 8 1/2 x 11″ (letter size) piece of paper.

Sitting on the same paper, from the back.

The screen looked beautiful, and if there’s any criticism I have of it at all it’s only perhaps that it’s a little glossy for my preference – though a screen protector (which you should definitely invest in) will certainly take care of that. In short, I can say that both from what I’ve experienced in real life, and what I’ve seen on the internet, the doubters and haters are all people who’ve never held one in their hands. Now that I have, I cannot be a doubter. I can’t emphasize enough just how good it feels to hold, how natural typing is on it – even (especially) when it’s laid flat on a table, and how good it looks, both screen-wise, and in industrial design.

Hate all you like – then go hold one. I think this thing’s a winner.

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Episode 31 Show Notes

February 5th, 2010 by Kyle

Episode 31: Now In 3D!


  • Top Secret New NPC Podcast In Development

Geek News:

Madness In Three Dimensions:

5-Minute Review:

iPad Special:

  • NPC Editor-In-Chief Jaimel Hemphill reacts to the iPad

Pick Of The Week:

Anime Spotlight:

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Free (Mass Effect) Comics Tomorrow!

February 2nd, 2010 by Kyle

Kyle here;

So according to IGN, Dark Horse is bringing a Mass Effect comic to iTunes. Not only that, but for one day; Wednesday, January 3rd (which is tomorrow, as of this posting), the first issue will be free to download.

Here’s what Dark Horse says the storyline will be:

Liara T’Soni searches Omega – the most dangerous space station in the galaxy – for clues that could save Commander Shepard, humanity’s greatest hero! A compelling adventure for any fan of smart science fiction, Mass Effect: Redemption exclusively tells a pivotal chapter in the story of Mass Effect 2.

But who cares? It’s free to check out, so even if you don’t like it, you’re not out anything.

And… comics on iTunes, eh? Being pushed with a promotion? Right after the iPad announcement? Hmmm…

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Death Comes To Comicstown

January 27th, 2010 by Kyle

Kyle here;

So today Steve Jobs got on stage and read the obituary of print comics. A light, portable, color device with a big, bright OLED screen, a fantastic, easy-to-use interface, and universal connectivity to a huge, slick online store at an affordable price point – this addresses every single problem that was holding back e-comics. Marvel may be cautious, but so are all old media companies when faced with the future. Some purists will turn up their noses, but some music purists still haven’t given up vinyl records either. There’s no accounting for prickly purist cranks, but they don’t dominate the market.

Trees everywhere can rejoice – the dead tree model is, well, dead.

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