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Comic Zeal Comic Book Reader

By Bitolithic Pty Ltd

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Do you want the most features? the best reading experience? Comic Zeal 9 has them both. It was the first comic reader in the App Store, it’s still the best.

• Organize your collection how YOU want. Put series inside series, use dividers to manage long lists.
• Automatically sorts comics into their series.
• Super fast reading view with two-page mode and assisted panning.
• Page position lock so you don’t see the same borders page after page.
• Does the right thing when you rotate your device, many comics have a mixture of portrait and landscape pages.
• Lightning fast search, by comic title and tags.
• Parental lock for individual series.


For a very reasonable price you can also unlock
• Comic Finders, create smart series that show you unread comics from all over your library.
• Seven new, gorgeous themes.


• WI-Fi using a web browser on a PC or Mac.
• Drop Box, iCloud Drive, etc using iOS document sharing.
• AirDrop from a Mac.
• iTunes via USB or Wi-FI


Comic Zeal features the innovative slider, it's a pointer, a container and a toolbox, all in one. You can push stuff into it, then go anywhere in your collection and drag it out. It's an incredibly fast way to organize your comics.

With the slider you can:

• Reorder comics, put them into the slider in the order you want them, then drag them out.
• Create reading lists (by making copies of comics that don't take up any space on your device)
• Create series and dividers right in the app. Dividers are lists that can hold comics, series and even other dividers.


• Tap the ‘i’ info icon for comics, series and dividers. You can rename entries, sort a series or mark items as read or unread.
• When zooming, hold the gesture for half a second. Comic Zeal will lock that zoom and position when you turn the page, it's a great way to hide borders.

Comics used in the screenshots:
'Escape from Planet Nowhere', © 2010 Otis Frampton,

Please note, there is a problem with Google Drive’s iOS extension that doesn’t allow you to open comic and other files that they consider to be ’non-standard’. You can read more about it here: and here . You can open Comics from the Google Drive app itself using the 'Open in ...' option, just not directly from Comic Zeal.

What's New in Version 9.0.2

Hi all,

First of all let me say sorry for the low quality of the initial 9.0 release. There were a lot of huge changes and it was difficult to test. Nevertheless, the app should not have gone out with so many problems, if I had known about them I never would have released it.

I HAD tested manga extensively, but then I made some changes and OBVIOUSLY didn’t test enough again.

I guess most of you don’t know but bitolithic only has one employee. Don’t be deceived by what you have seen on twitter, sometimes the dog tries to help with the mouse but he’s unreliable on his best days, useless the rest of the time.

Close to release the list of things to do just grows and grows, I spend the last two months prior to a release lying to myself that I’m almost here, just a little bit further to go, another week, maybe two. I know it’s going to take longer but looking at the big picture is too daunting.

In the last week or two prior to release the work switches from coding to graphics work, writing the iTunes copy, making the screenshots and talking to the poor beta testers (they’re volunteers and I love em all). It’s a very hectic time and I feel I am doing four jobs and badly too.

I think I’ll do some more tests and it will be ready, open Manga, check, pages show up, check, right order, one page view, two page view, zoom in, zoom out, it all works, just like last time!

It’s time to get it out the door, let’s do it!

Does it remember where in a comic I am? sure! open comic, scroll to halfway through, go out of the comic, go back in, same spot. Quit the app, re-start it, shows the same spot, it works!

Let’s get this out to the users, they’re going to love the new reading view!

The first few pages of the manga, the ones all the way at the right, didn’t show up, I missed it.

The app DOES remember where in the comic you are, it saves it perfectly. But if you are reading a comic with more than 50 pages there is an optimization that, a second or two after you open the comic, causes the reading view to re-layout the pages. That re-layout made comics scroll all the way to the start again.

That is what happened, I am sorry, please know that these issues happen not because I don’t care about the app, or you, or because I’m lazy. They happen for the exact opposite reasons.

A lot of you have expressed concerns about Comic Zeal asking you to log into your iTunes account the first time you start it. I never thought it would be an issue for anyone because I know WHY it is doing it, turns out it’s a little sinister for some if you don’t know what’s going on.

If you bought Comic Zeal prior to the release of version 9 you continue to get access to all the older themes, if you buy it after you have to pay a little extra to get all the themes. Earlier versions of CZ never cared about when you bought it, this one does. It has to know if it should show you all the themes or not. To do that it asks the iPad to fetch a file that contains the version number of the first CZ you bought, most of the time the iPad then asks you to log in to your iTunes account to make sure CZ is not trying to do anything funny. The login prompt is there to protect you and it comes from iOS, not Comic Zeal.

I’m running out of room, here are the changes:

- Fixed issue with the first few pages were not shown in Manga.
- Fixed issue where the reading position wasn’t saved.
- Fixed issue where the app would crash if the user zoomed in to a page, then double-taped to zoom out, then went to the next page.
- Fixed issue where the text was fuzzy in retina displays.
- If the user has set the page to fit-to-width when they exit the reading view. Next time they open the reading view their setting will be remembered.

I hope you all like this update.

Please leave a nice review

Can’t believe I said it all and kept it under the 4000 character limi


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Customer Reviews

Still having serious problems with latest update

I'm a long standing and loyal supporter of this app. It's always been the best one out there. I'm also very appreciative and understanding of the one man dev team making such a (usually) great product. However, I've got to write this review to bring up some major problems. More major than anything I've encountered in years of using the app. For info I have an ipad air 1 running iOS 9. The biggest showstopping bug I'm having is all of the graphics/ images/ icons for my collection disappearing and taking minutes to return. This then also turns into the comics themselves disappearing. I have to close the app and re open to get the images back. I also get the new pages blurring issue mentioned elsewhere. Neither of these major issues have ever happened before. The issue seems to often be triggered by me reading large PDF format comics, but it can also happen at any point when looking through my standard CBRs. I don't have a large collection so I don't think its a caching issue or memory. Please fix these problems and I'll return the review to a 5 star! I would honestly rather the app not evolve so that these basics stay stable then risk instability through continued polishing. Thanks.

Long blur when turning to a new page

This update is a big improvement from the last one, but introduced a new problem. When turning to a new page, the entire image completely blurs for a second before it snaps into focus. If it's a wider image (2 page spread) it takes even longer to snap into focus. This issue is happening on my iPad Air 1. On my iPhone 6 Plus, the blur still happens, but on single page images it focuses in a split second and you hardly notice. However, if it's a wider 2 page image, it still takes a second or two come into focus. This has never been a problem on previous versions of the app, just the latest one. I love this app and really hope this gets fixed because the long blur/focus it's pretty jarring.

Long time user... happy again

I have used the app since it was first released. I loved it and it fit all my needs untill a few versions ago. I desperatly wanted the two page view i had gotten used to in the offical comic apps.... and now is added to Comic Zeal!

I'm going to start using the app again and moving my collection back over. The one thing I could never get in other apps i purchaces was the orgizational abilities and grouping of stories arcs zeal provides

Thank you for your hard work and for the excellent update to the app.

Comic Zeal Comic Book Reader
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This app is designed for both iPhone and iPad
  • $4.99
  • Category: Entertainment
  • Updated:
  • Version: 9.0.2
  • Size: 29.3 MB
  • Language: English
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Compatibility: Requires iOS 8.2 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

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