Yesterday was the beginning of so many new and exciting things in the Madefire world. We launched our Madefire App, and were featured on the App Store under “New and Noteworthy.” That level of visibility on the world’s foremost app store was at once thrilling and humbling. But the tremendous sense of energy, enthusiasm, and pride that pulsated through our Berkeley office was fueled by much more than just the App Store appearance. And by more than the positive coverage Madefire received in the technology and comic book press. What inspired us most was the overwhelmingly supportive feedback we received from people who downloaded the app and read the first three titles we made available. And it wasn’t just the die-hard comic book aficionados who expressed their enthusiasm–it was people who didn’t typically read on the iPad or who had never even thought to give comic books and graphic novels a chance. Suddenly this genre offered something for them too. That is one of our greatest hopes: that by creating a new way for people to experience comic books, a whole new set of readers will be exposed to and begin to enjoy an art form that we at Madefire have embraced for as long as we can remember.
It was a tremendous day for us as a team, and maybe said best by our founder and CTO Eugene Walden, “Nothing could have made today better.” And we enjoyed all this day despite multiple acts of God that could have radically altered how it unfolded. Many of you know that Twitter – which was a huge source of evangelization for us – was up and down throughout the day. But, unlike us, most of you probably didn’t have the power line in front of your office come crashing down at 4pm, killing all power, wi-fi, everything for the remainder of the day!
But we made it, and in no small part due to the help and encouragement of all of you reading this. So huge thanks to you for being there with us as we entered a new phase at Madefire, as well as what we hope will be a new era for myths, reading and storytelling.