By Danica Davidson

Comics journalism has been gaining ground in recent years, and Erin Polgreen is tapping this with the December 3 launch of her new magazine, Symbolia, which she cofounded with Joyce Rice. Available on the iPad, via PDF subscription, and in ebook form, Symbolia uses the graphic format to give people informative, interesting and thought-provoking nonfiction pieces. Polgreen is also using Symbolia as a new way to put the spotlight on talented graphic novelists, especially female ones, as the magazine works to have half of all its contributors be women. MTV Geek spoke with Polgreen to learn more about the launch, what types of stories people can expect, and what she hopes the future will hold for the magazine. Read More...

The world of Westeros introduced in "Game of Thrones" is a pretty big place with lots of people and places you'll need to remember if you want to stay in the loop. To make things a little easier for us, Random House Digital has created the "A World of Ice and Fire" app, a massive digital guide to "Game of Thrones" featuring character bios and interactive maps. Read More...

Apple has spent a lot of time (and money) to make sure we all now how cool Siri is. Though they may have had some trouble with the new Maps app, Siri has always been a pretty well-oiled machine and the iOS 6 update made the soft-spoken companion even better. But it looks like Google is hot their heels, as the Google Search app has recently been updated with all-new voice search features, including an awfully familiar voice that talks back to you. Read More...

Yesterday, Apple sent out invites (seen above) for what could possibly be the unveiling of the long-rumored iPad mini. As always, the invite doesn't really give us any hint at what the event is for, but we do know all will be revealed next week. Read More...

Emanata started life as a simple comic reader app, giving indie comics creators a way to share their stories with the world. Today, things are changing in a big way. While apps like comiXology give readers a full catalog of mainstream digital comics to purchase, download and read on tablets and other mobile devices, Emanata has just introduced a new digital storefront that aims to do the same for indie comics! Read More...

The crazily addictive "Angry Birds" has joined forces with pop culture behemoth "Star Wars" for a special edition of the massively popular mobile time killer. And now Hasbro has announced its partnership with LucasFilm for the release of a line of toys based on the new game.

Check out a full release of the Jedi bird launching fun below.

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It took a little longer than we expected, but Apple CEO Tim Cook today issued a letter to all Apple customers saying that the new Maps app, which replaced Google Maps when iOS 6 launched last week, “fell short” of the quality Apple customers have grown to expect. Read More...

Apple seemed pretty excited to show off their new Maps app (replacing Google's) that launched with iOS 6, but now that everyone's had a chance to get their hands on it, things are looking pretty sour. Not only are some well-known locations labeled completely wrong in the new app, some are entirely absent, while others have been duplicated or moved. Needless to say, iOS users are pretty frustrated at the moment.

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If you've ever played with the Action Movie FX app from Bad Robot you already know how fun it can be to add special effects to your smartphone videos. However, a new app from FingerFunk is taking things a step further by using an augmented reality effect to recreate the memorable chestburster scene from "Alien"!

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One would think that Facebook's recent aquisition of Instagram would have been the final word on their photo-sharing capabilities. However, today the social media company launched "Facebook Camera," an iOS app that allows its users to shoot and share images...as well as apply Instagram-type filters to the photos.

Techcrunch provides a comparison of both Facebook Camera and Instagram, applauding FBC's multiple image uploading but calling them out on the non-aesthetically pleasing aspect of having comments and likes overlaid on the photos themselves. They also pointed out that Instagram might have the prettier photos than Facebook anyhow, because their users tend to be more concerned about the artistic aspects of their snapshots. Read More...

Lenore, everyone's favorite undead little girl, has truly made the big-time: she's now a comic book app. And it only took twenty years.

Roman Dirge's twisted creation Lenore is now available digitally on ComiXology and iVerse for the first time. Titan Comics is releasing both the remastered colour editions of Lenore Volume 1 #1-4 (‘Noogies’) and Volume 2 #1-4 (‘Swirlies’) on May 9 -- so you get a freaky flashback to her earliest stories, and then a bloody taste of her latest adventures.

Lenore completists take note: Volume #1, #5-13 will appear on ComiXology and iVerse in the next two months, as well as same-day digital editions of all forthcoming Lenore comics when they hit the comic store. So read up on the original "strange girl" on the iPad, iPhone, Android devices and Kindle Fire starting today. Read More...

Toy Fair 2012: LEGO's DC Superheroes

Finally, after all these years, the internet and phones have finally proven truly useful! That's right, forget all of the social media nonsense, calling loved ones, or even the mountains of pornography-- now you can make your own LEGO stop motion videos using the DC Superheroes! The future is now, people! The LEGO DC Super Heroes Movie Maker app clocks in at the low, low price of FREE and is available in the Apple iTunes store. This will surely throw the world into turmoil as now only Android users will still manage to be productive. Seems like the perfect super villain ploy...

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Picture an entire "New Comics Day" of titles all at the convenience of your fingertips and tablet device. Now imagine this as a legal option.

Well, we might not be too far away from this reality. Magazine publishers Condé Nast, Hearst, Meredith, News Corporation and Time Inc. have teamed up to present the "Next Issue" app, which would allow users to read full issues of 27 different magazines for a $10 a month subscription fee. Users would also have access to all the back issues of that year, and have the option of getting a "premium" edition that would include such heavy-hitters as Entertainment Weekly and the New Yorker.

Now, why wouldn't such a set-up work for comic books?

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The archangel Avacyn has returned! A bright, fiery dawn banishes Innistrad’s shadows. Humanity takes up arms and drives back the creatures of the night. With flights of angels overhead, the righteous band together and wield holy light and miraculous magic to restore the balance of their world.

Magic: The Gathering fans, prepare for the third an final set of the Innistrad block: Avacyn Restored. In advance of the May 4th release date, Wizards of the Coast has begun providing sneak peeks at some of the new cards included in this set. Read on to take a look at "Harvester of Souls," a fearsome black creature you'll surely want to have stocked in your deck.


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The big story is that Facebook intends to buy iPhone photo app Instagram -- so why was "Dr Evil" trending on Twitter? Check out that price tag, one (pinky to lips) billion dollars. But don't peg Mark Zuckerberg as an evil genius just yet...just a shrewd businessman.

Zuckerberg posted on Facebook today:

"For years, we've focused on building the best experience for sharing photos with your friends and family. Now, we'll be able to work even more closely with the Instagram team to also offer the best experiences for sharing beautiful mobile photos with people based on your interests."

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