Touch Sensitive by Chris Ware

Our friends at McSweeney’s asked us to help with the development of the iPad-exclusive comic Touch Sensitive by cartoonist Chris Ware. It’s available today for 99 cents as an in-app purchase inside the latest version of the McSweeney’s app. The app itself is now free and comes with a one-month subscription to the Small Chair, a weekly selection from all branches of the McSweeney’s family.

Here’s what McSweeney’s says about it:

In the briefest of flirtations with non-corporeality in this, his first (and likely final) iPad-only comic strip, our otherwise normally corporeal cartoonist and former McSweeney’s guest-editor Chris Ware attempts to address how, in some relationships, the act of touching seems to shift over time from that of affection to aggression. Chock full of his trademark constipated drawings and strained, overwrought text, the reader will also be pleased not to afterwards find him- or herself laden with a pamphlet or book to discard the next time he or she changes apartments, homes or relationships; like the 99 cents that instantly vanishes from one’s bank account upon purchase, all 14 speedily-swipable digital “pages” with their tucked-away animations and mildly disorienting transitions may easily be wiped from one’s computer’s memory with precisely the opposite degree of difficulty which one simply cannot forget that night of screamed obscenities at one’s (now ex-) girl- or boyfriend. (Please note, however, that all 99 cents and the rights attendant thereto remain, in perpetuity, the sole property of McSweeney’s and its satellite concerns.)

Touch Sensitive is a comic and unlike the other e-books in this store. It was crafted specifically for the McSweeney’s app and is available only in iPad format.


10 Comments so far. Leave a comment below.
  1. Chazz,

    iPad-only :-(
    Well I’m a something of a cranky old luddite except for a DVD player and the internet, but I might have to look into getting one of these iPad things I guess.

  2. Halloween Jack,

    I’m guessing that Ware wrote the above copy himself. This sounds great.

  3. Sometimes I wonder to myself. What if the world is without an IPad today?

    That being said. I absolutely love this comic!

  4. David Boring,

    Damn it. I love Ware’s work, but I am not getting an iPad just to view it. Way to eliminate most of your audience.

    • Andreas Zecher,

      Maybe you can borrow an iPad from a friend? The comic is relatively short.

  5. I recently purchased Touch Sensitive. But I can’t get it beyond the opening screen. If I touch or swipe it in any way it goes back to “the Library.”
    Is there some trick I’m missing? Given the title, perhaps it’s a 99¢ joke on me.

    • Andreas Zecher,

      Really sorry that it’s not working for you. It looks like there is a problem with the McSweeney’s app and iOS 7. I contacted McSweeney’s about this now.

  6. Margarita Molina,

    Hi, I am a student from the Master in Comics of Angoulême in France. My thesis is about digital comics/ interactive comics/ motion comics, so I am trying to read Touch Sensitive in one of the school’s iPads. I downloaded the app, however Chris Ware’s comic in not in the store. Has it been removed? Has it something to do with the iOS 7 problem you mentioned? Or may I need to get a small chair subscription to be able to download it? Thank you in advance for you answer!

    • Andreas Zecher,

      I think Touch Sensitive been removed unfortunately as the McSweeney’s app doesn’t get any more updates and is not compatible with iOS 7. =(

      • Margarita Molina,

        Noooooooooooo!!! Anyway, thank you for your quick answer.


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