Today at the NYCC New York Comic Con, Madefire, the makers of the digital comics and motion books app, will announce the launch of their new, free Madefire preview app for Samsung Gear VR, powered by Oculus.

The app features, motion, sound, a 360° environment and the ability to see the story in 3D.

According to Ben Wolstenholme, CEO & Co-Founder of Madefire:

“Comics are such a powerful storytelling format. People learn to read through comics; people are transported to other worlds through comics. Comics are words-and-pictures, perfect for storytelling in virtual reality. It’s a new era – Madefire’s launch today with Oculus – and announcing our investment from world-class investors and creators like Plus Capital, True Ventures, Kevin Spacey, Drake, and Framestore supports our mission to be where the myths of the 21st Century are created.”

The free Madefire app will preview world-class content specifically optimized for VR reading, including:

  • Revolution — The brand-new comic book universe that merges Transformers, G.I. Joe, and more from IDW Publishing and Hasbro.
  • Somnia: Origins — The new original title from world-renowned visual effects studio, Framestore.
  • Injustice: Year One — The smash-hit comic from DC.
  • MONO: The Old Curiosity Shop — The award-winning Madefire Original.

To support its expansion to new platforms, and hopefully delivery of complete content, Madefire has recently closed a $6.5M Series B funding round led by Plus Capital alongside several of the top creators in the world including Kevin Spacey and Drake. Existing investors and new strategic investors also include True Ventures, Big Loud Capital, Anthem Ventures and Framestore Ventures.

About Madefire

Founded in 2011 by Ben Wolstenholme, Liam Sharp and Eugene Walden, Madefire is a media and technology company, and creator of the award-winning Madefire App. Madefire provides creators and publishers the cutting-edge publishing platform, ‘Motion Book Publisher’, which enables a digital-first approach to publishing cross-platform in multiple formats.


Sean Earley is the Executive Editor of AR/VR Magazine & co-founder of RobotSpaceship Podcast Network. He is the Director of New Biz Development and Publishing at KEMWEB, a musician, producer & consultant. He loves guitars, VR and coffee.