Alex, the satirical City strip in the Daily Telegraph has recently made it’s debut on the iPhone and iPod Touch. Priced at 59p, the Tapisodes app is available at the iTunes App Store and comprises 20 animated strips themed around the credit crunch crisis. The strips will be automatically delivered to your phone one a day over the course of the following month. This video explains it all:
Bloghorn had a few questions for Alex‘s creators, Charles Peattie and Russell Taylor:
How long did it take to make the 20 special episodes of Alex for the iphone?
Why is getting Alex distributed this way important to you?
We’re always looking for new ways to present work and new people to work with. We did the stage play last couple of years using new digital projection technology. Now fascinated by small screen possibilities for narrative. I actually believe that this is the ideal form for reading comic strip material: the movement, reactions, reveals all enhanced by this medium. Newspapers are also interested in spreading into this field. Seems like a good moment.
Did you do the technological work yourselves? Or, did you use a design agency?
We designed the app and did all the animation. The app itself was developed by the awesome folks at Tag Games in Dundee.
Is the price of the App (59p) reflective of the work that went into making it?
Absolutely not. Christ, you have NO IDEA.
How many downloads have been made during the month trial?
We are not allowed to give out this information, I’m afraid, since we are releasing this first project via our friends at The Telegraph.
Do you have any plans to take the digital Alex to a subscription site?
Never say never.
So, Alex doesn’t prefer a Blackberry?
Of course he has both (plus a spare and several spare sim cards for when he’s up to no good)