Past Away: Choose How You’ll Survive!

29 04 2013

‘Past Away’ is a new Kickstarter project that has a lot of promise. Combining motion comic aesthetics, drawn animation and interactive elements. The project certainly looks worthy of support, especially if the voice talent matches the visuals.

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/872423106/past-away-choose-how-youll-survive





A real-life Motion Comic

14 02 2013

Following the visual stylings of ‘Fubar’ and ‘Dr. Professor’s Thesis of Evil’, this motion comic promotes the work of a group of ‘Costumers’ from Mexico. Mixing both static and live-action footage, this promo motion comic demonstrates a playful energy that captures the spirit of cosplay. The costumes and art were inspired by the ‘New 52s’ from DC Comics.





‘Malaria’ by Edson Oda

20 01 2013

Written, Directed and Produced by Edson Oda, ‘Malaria’ is a wonderfully innovative and well-crafted animation that combines various animation techniques to good effect. Furthermore, Oda’s script is both imaginative and deftly crafted, which further enhances the impact of his work.

From the Vimeo website:

“MALARIA tells the story of Fabiano, a young Mercenary who is hired to kill Death. This short film combines Origami, Kirigami, Time lapse, nankin illustration, Comic Books and Western Cinema.”

or check it out on Youtube:





Bill Plymptons Cheatin’ – An Animated Feature Film by Bill Plympton on Kickstarter

14 12 2012

Bill Plympton is renowned for his ‘indie’ approach to animation, which has spawned a number of memorable animated films over the years, including the oscar nominated ‘Your Face’. Bill is trying to raise funds for his latest animated film on Kickstarter. He’s not asking for much money, considering the intensive work he and his small team are putting into the project, and there are some great ‘rewards’ for fans of this animation master to purchase, including signed DVD copies of the finished film.

Cheatin' by Bill Plympton





Astralojia

29 11 2012

Astralojia is an ambitious ‘Filmcomic’, that features the creative talent of Mark Hans Avon. The sketchy, full-length animation is akin to an animatic with a full musical score and voiceOver dialogue. The visual style may lack the craft of a fully rendered motion comic or animation, but fans of action-based manga and anime will certainly identify with some of the themes within Astralojia.

Astralojia is a fantasy series, where magicians call upon the forces of astrology to do battle using martial arts.

Takuto, using the powers of astrology and martial arts, must fight his way to the top of the school system in this epic action packed fantasy universe.

http://www.astralojia.com





Conan: Queen of The Black Coast

23 11 2012

‘Conan: Queen of the Black Coast’ displays a range of nuanced facial expressions and lip-synch that have become a trademark of director Erick Bruhwiler’s sophisticated animation aesthetic. The six-part series slowly builds a picture of the Barbarian’s character, as he becomes involved in a archetypal ‘high-seas adventure’.

From the Youtube page:

In this sweeping adaptation of Robert E. Howard’s fan-favorite “Queen of the Black Coast,” Conan turns his back on the civilized world and takes to the high seas alongside the pirate queen Bêlit, setting the stage for an epic of romance, terror, and swashbuckling.

Writer: Brian Wood
Artist: Becky Cloonan
Colorist: Dave Stewart

via Dark Horse Comics – Conan: Queen of The Black Coast pt. 1 of 6 – YouTube.





The Last Days of Kartika on Indiegogo

19 10 2012

The Last Days of Kartika is an online graphic musical that uses Funk, Soul, and Hip Hop music to tell the story of the citizens of Kartika.

The Project: http://www.indiegogo.com/lastdaysofkartika

A series of twenty to thirty Webisodes will culminate into a one act staged motion comic with new works by the Hip Hop collective Community Education (www.communityedu.net).

Contribute today to get some additional goodies such as your name in the credits, digital downloads and even a limited edition woodcut postcard.

 





‘Erfworld’ Motion Comic — Kickstarter

14 02 2012

Help fund ‘Erfworld’ the Motion Comic, a strange fantasy tale which dares to cross gameplay culture, comics and surreal pop culture.

Erfworld is an ongoing webcomic about an obsessive strategy gamer named Parson Gotti, who gets summoned into a fantasy universe that works a lot like a game. It’s free to read at Erfworld.com, and it was named one of Time magazine’s Top Ten Graphic Novels of 2007.

via Erfworld Motion Comic Project by Rob Balder — Kickstarter.





The Art of Pho – Julian Hanshaw

11 01 2012

‘The Art of Pho‘ is an ambitious interactive motion comic project that utilises a myriad of drawing techniques, mixed media and interactivity. Based on the graphic novel by Julian Hanshaw and animated by Lois van Baarle, ‘The Art of Pho’ manages to create a compelling and uplifting interactive experience that compliments both static and moving image sequences. The ambient soundtrack also provides a dream-like atmosphere that suddenly shifts as the protagonist enters ‘the big city’.

‘The Art of Pho’s’ artistic merits are beautifully realised throughout the episodes on ‘Submarinechannel.com’ and the playfulness of narrative, visuals and interactivity provide an utterly compelling experience.

“The Art of Pho is a deliciously surreal interactive motion comic about a lovable creature named Little Blue and his friends. Through an extraordinary sequence of events, Little Blue ends up in Ho Chi Minh City where he learns to master the Art of making Pho (Phở) – Vietnam’s ubiquitus noodle soup. The adventures that ensue set him on a marvelous path of self-discovery.

Based on the graphic novel by Julian Hanshaw, The Art of Pho is a moving story-slash-travelogue about friendship, love and discovering your roots, set against the backdrop of Vietnam’s hustling and bustling capital.”

The Art of Pho.





John Woo’s ’7 Brothers’ Motion Comic

21 12 2011

*Contains Garth Ennis strength language!

7 Brothers is a collaboration between John Woo, writer Garth Ennis and Jeevan J.Kang. Woo himself takes on the role of executive producer, letting Chris Firestone and Jeremiah Strackbein from ‘Pixofactor Entertainment’ assume the respective roles of Creative Director and Animation Director/Producer. The story takes ancient Chinese folklore as a catalyst for a modern-day ‘quest’ narrative that brings seven strangers with mysterious powers together.

John Woo Quote from comicbookresources.com

“For me, working in comics is quite comfortable – it’s like the ultimate storyboard. The original Seven Brothers graphic novel, and this new animated comic book series, takes the seed of an idea I had about famous Chinese folklore to a whole new level. It creates a modern, global story, and an art form that is unique and yet, clearly, a brother to the film medium,” said creator, John Woo.

The series is available on the machinima.com youtube channel.

“We at Machinima are excited to partner with the Liquid team and world-class action directors like John Woo,” said Allen DeBevoise, Chairman and CEO of Machinima, Inc.  “Because of the strong overlap between the worlds of videogaming and comics, Machinima was the natural distribution outlet for this high-octane animated series, and we hope our global audience of over 118 million viewers will enjoy it.  We’ll continue to partner with the best creative talent to produce and distribute more and more original content that resonates with the male 18-34 demo.”

Sharad Devarajan from Liquid Comics suggests that comic books are undergoing a digital revolution.

“We are thrilled to work with John Woo and the teams at Machinima and Tiger Hill to bring this exciting story to audiences worldwide through digital platforms,” added Liquid Comics Co-Founder & CEO, Sharad Devarajan.  “For Liquid, the future of comic books is about jumping from the printed page on to the digital screen and ‘John Woo’s Seven Brothers’ is the perfect project to launch our new line of animated web shows.”








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