“The Smurf” Comics Back In Print & On Apple Devices In Time For Movie

New York, NY / July 18th, 2011 – In celebration of the all-new Smurfs movie, Papercutz, The Smurfs graphic novel publisher since September 2010, has partnered with comiXology, the leading distributor of digital comics, to launch a dedicated Smurfs App for the iOS. The Smurfs App will initially contain seven volumes and over 450 pages of Smurftastic adventures and fun for all ages!

Papercutz proudly brings these acclaimed comics to digital format for the very first time. “I grew up with these comics, they truly are classics. It’s a shame that these books, which have been in print forever everywhere else on Earth, have been out-of-print for so long in America, which is why we decided to publish them in print and digitally,” says Terry Nantier, Papercutz’s Publisher.

“Not many people realize that the Smurfs originally appeared in comics before they were adapted to animation,” continued Mr. Nantier. “Which is why we partnered with comiXology to bring the Smurfs original graphic novel adventures to our fan base in digital form with its own iOS app.”

The Smurfs, created by Pierre Culliford, known as Peyo, became so popular when they first appeared in the series Johan et Pirlouit that soon they were awarded their own graphic novel series. After an animated movie in 1976, the Smurfs starred in their own blockbuster Saturday morning TV series on NBC starting in 1981. The hit series was responsible for creating Smurf-mania, and the Smurfs were suddenly everywhere — toys, bed sheets, breakfast cereals, and more. The Smurfs aired nine seasons, and still runs on Cartoon Network’s Boomerang channel and is now available on DVD.

The Smurfs are such an iconic brand that Papercutz has done a great job revitalizing and this app is a testament to that,” said David Steinberger, CEO of comiXology. “Having been out of print for so long, this app will ensure that anyone who wants to enjoy Smurf comics will be able to at their convenience.”

Each Smurfs volume is full-color and in comiXology’s Guided ViewTM Technology that allows you to seamlessly transition from panel to panel for only $3.99. Any Smurf comics purchased will also sync with the Comics and Comics4kids iOS apps, the Comics Android app and comics.comixology.com.

A list of all the volumes and the single issue are listed below:

The Smurfs Vol. 1: The Purple Smurf
The Smurfs Vol. 2: The Magic Flute
The Smurfs Vol. 3: The Smurf King
The Smurfs Vol. 4: Smurfette
The Smurfs Vol. 5: The Smurfs and the Egg
The Smurfs Vol. 6: The Smurfs and the Howlibird
The Smurfs Vol. 7: The Astro Smurf
The Smurfs: The Smurfnapper #1

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  • http://technohat.blogspot.com/ Chris Pepin

    The Smurf comics are really good. I’m glad that Papercutz is re-issuing them. I’ve been buying every volume as they’ve been released. I’ve also been hyping them up on my blog. It’s a shame that the comics aren’t very well known here in the U.S. Hopefully that will change. While I personally prefer reading them on paper, I think releasing them digitally will increase exposure to them.

  • Chris Sobieniak

    I hope we’ll eventually catch up with the rest of the world with these comics.