Lighten your day with daily comics
Apps that die
I bought an app called “Comics” quite a while ago. It was a universal app for the iPhone and iPad, and although a bit clunky, it had most of the comics I wanted. Not all of them updated regularly. And you had to go back and forth between screens to advance to the next comic strip.
But “Comics” was rarely updated and soon disappeared from the app store. I still have it and it still sort of works. Unfortunately, one by one the comic strip links are breaking down.
Then came “The Funnies” by AFK Studios. This app was also universal and cost $4.99. I read the website info as well as the reviews and it seemed like a good app. It too was a bit clunky. The interface seemed odd and the background ugly. But it worked, was updated regularly and new strips added every once in a while.
But, alas, this app too disappeared from the app store as did their website. And now the app is pretty much non-functioning.
My question is, why is this happening? Is there an issue with copyright infringement? It’s frustrating paying $5 for an app that soon disappears and ceases to work. Just saying.
Guess it’s just like anything else you buy. Stores go out of business and so do app developers. Even apps with great reviews can disappear. It takes a lot of time and money to design and develop applications. Then there’s promotion and updates. Sometimes the return may not be worth the effort.
So what do you do? Unfortunately you can’t take it back to the store to get your money back.
But you can delete the app and be more careful when buying a new one.
You can still find daily comic strips online
For online comics, check out the following sites:
comics.com Quite a big selection of comics here.
gocomics.com A large selection of comics, including 2 Cows and a Chicken!
ArcaMax Comics Daily comics from your newspaper.
If you’re using an iOS device you can bookmark these links and add it to your screen for easy access. Just click the curved arrow in Safari and “Add to Home Screen”.
Or you can buy a printed newspaper made out of paper with ink and stuff. They’re still available daily. And they deliver.