One of the first mediums to take advantage of the new distribution possibilities of the internet was the cartoon strip. After decades of being held down by content limitations or simply keeping the number of professional cartoonists to a minimum, artists were able to bypass syndicated networks. In this newly artist driven industry, and thanks to intelligent link-sharing, webcomics were able to form networks entirely their own, as well as creating their own merchandise to help drive in revenue. For such a forward-thinking industry, it was a shame that they seemed incapable of putting together a worthwhile dedicated app, until now.
I got a demo of Smith Micro's Manga Studio 5 earlier this week, and came away impressed -- rarely does one application pack in so many advanced features for professionals while still remaining accessible to hobbyists. No wonder it's the industry standard software for creating not just manga (traditional black-and-white Japanese comics) but also graphic novels, web comics, and comic books.