Review: Star Wars: Rebel Heist #2

In the inaugural issue of Dark Horse’s latest Star Wars series, Rebel Heist, Han Solo was sent on a secret Alliance mission while being paired with Jan, a green recruit. The outcome was less than positive as Solo was arrested, beaten, and imprisoned, and Jan was interrogated. Instead of catching up

Review: Star Wars #17

The clock is ticking as the time Star Wars has at Dark Horse Comics dwindles. However, showing no signs of slowing down, Brian Wood continues the second major arc of his highly successful Star Wars comic with issue #17. This arc had been fairly political thus far, focusing on the relations between Arrochar and the Alliance

Review: Star Wars: Rebel Heist #1

The Star Wars comic book publishing license returns to Marvel next year, but until that happens, Dark Horse is showing no signs of slowing down as they continue to leave their mark on the franchise. With ongoing titles such as “Dark Times”, “Legacy”, and, of course, “Star Wars” continuing to

Review: The Star Wars #6

The Star Wars #6 has more action than all 5 previous issues combined. It also features the most eclectic blend of scenes fans will recognize from the original film trilogy, even if there are slight variations. As usual, the names, locations, and even certain visuals are familiar, but this exploration of “what 

Review: The Star Wars #5

In 4 issues (5 if you include last month’s concept art-filled issue #0), Dark Horse Comics has allowed fans a glimpse of what George Lucas had originally envisioned for what would eventually become Star Wars. As The Star Wars continues with issue #5, writer J.W. Rinzler and artist Mike Mayhew hit a stride with

Review: Star Wars #13

When we last left our courageous Rebel heroes, the once malevolent Col. Bircher revealed himself to be an Alliance agent, Prithi departed to explore her Force sensitivity, and Leia dropped the proverbial bomb of her recent engagement in order to secure a safe Haven for the Rebels. But Star Wars

Review: Star Wars #12

Star Wars #12 concludes the first arc of Brian Wood’s year-long adventure in a galaxy far, far away, bringing our heroes back together and revealing the truth about what has been plaguing the Rebellion for the last year. However, the victory is short-lived and not all see the justification of

Review: The Star Wars #4

This month, The Star Wars #4 by J.W. Rinzler and Mike Mayhew continues the adaptation of George Lucas’ original rough draft for what eventually became Star Wars. Thus far, we’ve seen a blend of unique occurrences and familiar moments fleshing out this previously unfinished tale, but at the same time,

Review: Star Wars #11

I’m going to just come out and say it. Brian Wood should get a shot at writing at least one of the new Star Wars films due within the next several years. He continues to display not only a respectful knowledge of the Star Wars universe, but also the ability

More Than Words on a Page: Experiencing the Story with NARR8

These days, I consume my comics exclusively digitally. I certainly still hold a nostalgic love for enetering my friendly, neighborhood comic shop and picking up a trade or two, but you can’t quite fight the convenience of picking up your tablet and letting your fingers do the walking.

Yet, most digital comics are exactly that — the comic book page digitized onto the screen of your choice. While adequate, it’s, frankly, pretty boring.

NARR8 provides a noteworthy exception to that otherwise stagnant landscape.

Designed specifically for mobile consumption (with more platform support coming down the pipe), the Russia-based NARR8 seeks to open a content channel focused on interactivity and experience, as opposed to merely reading words on a page.

NARR8 hosts almost two dozen various series, each containing a number of episodes, purchasable using in-app currency on the device of your choice. The stories’ genres run the gamut — action, sci-fi, nonfiction, even children’s edutainment are represented among its offerings. Regardless of genre, each story capitalizes on interactivity to keep the reader’s experience engaging: through motion panels, minigames, or other special effects. Given the capabilities of the multi-core tablets/phones all of us carry these days, it’s almost surprising that few (if any) other companies are seeking to maximize on the technology the way NARR8 does.

Darya Trushkina, Senior Vice President of Business Development at NARR8, was kind enough to respond to an email interview with us to talk about NARR8: how it differentiates itself from other platforms, what titles she considers “must read,” and how the biggest winner at NARR8 could be you by generating revenue from your published work.

For those who don’t know, would you please explain what NARR8 is, and how it differentiates itself from other digital content services?

Darya Trushkina: NARR8 is a mobile app that is redefining the way we read, create and share content by presenting an engrossing 15-20 minute interactive reading experience complete with animation, music, sound effects, and gamification and interactive features that bring stories to life like never before. NARR8 features motion comics, graphic novels and educational periodicals in a slew of genres – action, sci-fi, horror, romance, and children’s content. NARR8 is available on iPad, Android, Amazon, Windows 8, Facebook, and now, for web browsers. It’s a completely cross-platform app, so you can create a single NARR8 account, load it up with some episodes, and use and of the above platforms to resume reading exactly where you left off.

NARR8 App Available on Android, IOS, and now on Web

Hit the jump for the full interview with Darya Trushkina, talking about all things NARR8!

Review: The Star Wars #3

The exploration of an alternate Star Wars universe continues this week as Dark Horse Comics debuts issue #3 of The Star Wars. This month’s installment hits a bit of a stumbling block as it loses focus on the grand story for part of the issue and spends what feels like

Review: Star Wars #10

I am positively amazed by Brian Wood’s continued ability to take characters who have been around for decades – many of whom have been the subjects of innumerable stories – and still make them interesting. Star Wars #10, the latest issue in the ongoing series from Dark Horse Comics, showcases