Tonight, millions of Americans will gather around their TVs for the Mega Millions Jackpot lottery drawing. The first prize is more than a whopping half-billion dollars!!! OK, it’s nice to dream, but the chances of you actually winning that prize are pretty long — something along the lines of 176 million to one. But as insurmountable as those odds may seem, other things — but not all — have even longer odds. For example, it’s 200 million-to-1 that you’re even still reading this tortured setup and haven’t already skipped down and started reading…
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New MAD app will include exclusive content,
interactive stories, MAD videos and access to MAD library
BURBANK, CA, March 30, 2012 – DC Entertainment today announced plans to release a new MAD Magazine iPad app complete with interactive features and exclusive content. The app will be released on April Fool’s Day, an appropriate date since it’s also the birthday of MAD’s infamous mascot, Alfred E. Neuman. The app will be free to download through the App Store and will include a mixture of free and paid content, including a free preview of the magazine.
“We’re delighted to bring MAD to the iPad,” said MAD Editor John Ficarra. “We think the MAD app may be just the thing to turn the struggling iPad around and make it successful –though most experts think it may be just the thing that kills it altogether.”
The MAD app will include interactive versions of all current issues, access to a library of back issues and books, animated covers and “fold-in” pages, promo videos from the hit Cartoon Network show, MAD, and a link to MAD’s popular blog The Idiotical. In addition to the regular issue interactive “fold-in,” digital issues will also include a second, classic interactive “fold-in” from a past issue. Fans of Sergio Aragones’ MAD Marginals will enjoy a feature that allows readers to “pop-up” the margin artwork for a larger, more detailed view.
While the app will mirror all editorial components in print issues, many digital versions will include interactive elements. For example, the digital version of the current issue’s “MAD’s Make Your Own Twilight Movie” lets readers create multiple storylines and highlights their choices as they make them for a ridiculous visual punch line.
“With this app we’ve taken everything that MAD readers like in the print magazine, and added entertaining digital design and fun interactivity,” stated Hank Kanalz, senior vice president of digital, DC Entertainment. “The app also creates a one-stop destination for all things MAD, from TV to the magazine to the blog.”
After downloading the free app, readers can purchase new digital issues of MAD Magazine for $4.99, or back issues for $1.99. Digital readers can also choose a per issue digital subscription for $1.99 per issue, or pay an upfront annual fee of $9.99. Current print subscribers will receive a free digital subscription. All future print issues of the magazine will be available for purchase day-and-date within the app.
The MAD Magazine app was developed by 1K Studios, a Cinram Digital Media company, that develops and markets popular entertainment, media, software and consumer electronic products.
Yesterday, the NFL announced new rules regarding overtime play and instant-replay reviews. But buried in their official announcement were some other rule changes that will probably cause Al Michaels to vomit into his mouth.
Recently, Clueless actress Alicia Silverstone posted a video of her feeding her 10-month-old son in a…unique way. The clip quickly went viral (becoming the first popular thing she’s starred in for over a decade). We’re not going to guess where she got such a disgusting idea, but it definitely made us think about this classic MAD piece.
The Supreme Court is wrapping up Day 3 of long, boring arguments over Obamacare. You have to believe that even the keenest legal minds found their thoughts wandering as the arcane arguments dragged on. And we don’t even have the keenest legal minds on the Supreme Court! Which goes a long way to explaining the following…
John Caldwell is no clown. But John Caldwell knows clowns! (See what we did there?) Anyhow, here are a few pieces of art from the longtime MAD cartoonist's latest, "The Startling Similarities Bewteen Harvard University and Clown College". After you've had a hearty giggle looking at these, check out some more of John's work for MAD here, then go spend some time on Mr. Caldwell's own site here!
To find out how a Harvard degree and a Clown College certificate are essentially the same thing, read this entire article in MAD #514, on sale now!
There's more John Caldwell lurking in every issue of MAD, so subscribe today!
On Sunday, former VP Dick Cheney underwent heart transplant surgery. The good news is that the surgery is successful. The bad news is that it’s the perfect opportunity for us to revisit some of our favorite mockery of the Dickster!
Artist: Mark Fredrickson
Idea: L.P. Ferrante
Artist: Paul Coker