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App Wrap: "GoComics," "Meanwhile"

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NY1 highlights the coolest and newest apps for your cellphone or mobile device in the twice-weekly segment "App Wrap." NY1’s Adam Balkin filed the following report.

There's good news if your favorite part of the newspaper is not the news but the funnies, the comic strips. "GoComics" is a new app that allows users to look at a whole bunch of classics on a mobile device for free. Peanuts, Dilbert, Calvin and Hobbes, Garfield, Marmaduke, Doonesbury, La Cucaracha and Ziggy are among the many strips available. There's 20 years' worth of classic comics, plus some more recent work from more modern creators.

Users can pick a cartoon and then swipe through from one to the next, or, since a new one is served up every day, there's a calendar at the top that lets users click through the different days.

As with just about all content these days, users can tag their favorites and share them via social networks or via email.

"GoComics" is a free app, with ads on the bottom, for iOS devices. For other devices, point your browser to the GoComics website.

Meanwhile... and I'm not using that word as a transition, but rather the name of the next app is "Meanwhile." This comic strip app by Jason Shiga is more like a "choose your own adventure" comic.

The user starts out as a boy headed to the ice cream store for a treat. The boy has to decide whether to get vanilla or chocolate ice cream. It may seem inconsequential, but in this app every decision matters. If the boy chooses vanilla, his tale ends quickly, whereas if he chooses chocolate, he starts on a long, strange journey.

While there are dozens of decisions to make, resulting in hundreds of potential story lines, developers say there is just one single path that will ultimately lead users to a happy ending. Users zoom out and see the entire storyboard, and even see that happy ending. The urge is to trace it backwards, but good luck... it's extremely difficult.

"Meanwhile" is an iOS app for $4.99.

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