iPad Graphic Novels Feature Buddha & Social Media

Graphic novels on iPads make for great gifts as they are the perfect format for reading a genre presented in illustrative color. Kindles which continue to be one of the most popular eBook Readers fall short for graphic novel fans by only offering black and white text. This holiday season, two exciting iPad books hit digital shelves and can be purchased for as low as $4.99 a download.

No longer is it necessary to buy hardbound books or even paperbacks, when you can load thousands to one light-weight device. With several million copies of iPads sold since its launch earlier this year, Steve Job's "Jesus Tablet" is certainly scaling faster that its Kindle and eBook Reader competition. 

The 10-inch screen makes reading a lot more fun with an ambient light sensor that adjusts screen brightness. With its powerful long-lasting lithium battery you can read a series of graphic novels or even the entire Bible on standby mode for hours at a time.

Deepak Chopra's Buddha: A Story of Enlightenment

New age guru Deepak Chopra and Liquid Comics and Dynamite Entertainment will launch its 160-page graphic novel Buddha: A Story of Enlightenment with a digital iPad version December 14. Available for $6.99 per download, the book is offered at Apple's iTune app store.

In a press release announcement, "Buddha's story from shedding his royal robes to taking on his monastic ones, from abandoning the false promises of materialism to understanding the truth that lurks in self-understanding, is one of the most powerful and insightful stories human civilization has ever known," said Deepak Chopra.

Since iPad readers might not have necessarily purchased this book in its traditional hardbound format, Chopra says, "to be able to bring this story to a whole new audience… is something I am very proud of."

Facebucks & Dumb Fucks, An Open Graph(ic) Novel

Everybody's favorite social media bad boy Mark Zuckerberg (aka Z-Man) and the movie The Social Network are both lampooned in the recent release of the book, "Facebucks & Dumb F*cks." Now moving into its 7th year, Facebook has captured the imagination of 500+ million people on this planet and when compared to sovereign states, it comes in third behind China and India.

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The two-fold meaning of the title underscores the network's worldview. For starters, it refers to how one social network scaled beyond all others to become its own financial institution complete with the ability to mint its own money. Secondly, it references the multitude of blind faith followers, Mr. Zuckerberg in his early years labeled "Dumb F*cks" when asked how he was able to attract so many.

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The satire of Facebook is told by the Internet's enfant pundit, kidd millennium, the unofficial descendant of the "Yellow Kid," Richard Outcault's infamous cartoon character of the 19th Century. Kidd millennium which is featured in one-panel editorial cartoons was also the storyteller in the 100-page Crude Behavior, a graphic novel that skewers George "Dubya" Bush and his War on Terror, which is available in both iPad and Kindle editions.

Facebucks & Dumb F*cks went on sale December 9 at Apple's iBook Store and Barnes & Noble's Nook Store. The 50-page graphic novel is now available for download to iPads for $4.99 - and is a great holiday gift for one's Facebook friends.

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