▶ Superman: Red Son Motion Comics

3 10 2013

Warner have kindly released the Superman: Red Son motion comics on YouTube. The concept of Superman as a Russian citizen in the height of the Cold War was brilliantly executed by writer Mark Millar and the animation team at Karactaz notably use additional panels within the mise-en-scène.

▶ Superman: Red Son Motion Comics Ep. 1 "News of Superman" – YouTube.

New Manga Generator using Kinect 3D

8 08 2013

I’ve been busy preparing for my new job as a lecturer in Digital Media in Canterbury Christ Church university, but I couldn’t resist posting a link to this remarkable concept.

Combining preset manga backdrops, objects, and speed lines, a ‘player’ can pose in front of the Kinect 3D camera, which then translates his movements into a live motion manga comic. The generator also recognises specific player poses to reveal dynamic speed lines and atmospheric backdrops.

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.


Dusky Diana – The Last Days of Kartika

11 02 2013

The Last Days of Kartika webisodes 4 & 5

Catch up on the latest adventures of ‘Dusky Diana’, the “online graphic musical that uses Funk, Soul, and Hip Hop music to tell the story of the citizens of Kartika”.

FACEBOOK PAGE – Dusky Diana – The Last Days of Kartika

The new webisodes come out Feb 28th on the following vimeo channel:

From the website:
“The Last Days of Kartika is an online graphic musical whose intentions are to provide opportunities for upcoming artists, both local and international, to perform and collaborate with one another through this multi-media project. Through the use of Funk, Soul, and Hip Hop music it tells the story of the citizens of Kartika during its most troublesome times. Dusky Diana is the would-be hero recruited by underground rebel group Community Education in their fight to ruin the sinister Phercy Corporations. Will Community Edu save their city or be the cause of its destruction?”

‘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:

The Dandy Online Digital Comic

4 12 2012

The Dandy have just released their online digital comic, which uses html5 technology to have simple interactivity and navigation etc. I grew up reading this mainstay of British children’s comics and hope that it develops into a sustainable and profitable venture for them. Having said that, I do think that their current digital issue lacks a number of important details such as a clear ending to the narratives and a simple ‘back’ button to return the viewer to the main menu. Some further thought needs to be taken to bridge the gap between the comic book and the online version … Check it out now, the first issue is free: http://www.dandy.com/issue-zero

The Dandy Online


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.


A ‘Dark Knight Rises’ motion comic

22 08 2012

And once again the promise of an accessible new media age comes crashing down around us. The Dark Knight Rises motion comic is unfortunately only available for users of Nokia windows phones.

A ‘Dark Knight Rises’ Prologue Comic Exists, and Why You Probably Can’t Read It | Movie News | Movies.com.

Zac Gorman’s illustrated motion comics

31 07 2012

I have a confession to make … I was never big into ‘Zelda’. While friends played around the clock to complete Nintendo’s flagship RPG title, I was playing Streetfighter II or Super Mario World. However, gamer and artist Zac Gorman’s  illustrations ( a combination of comic strips and animated gifs) are a must for anyone who grew up in that era. While it might be a stretch to call them motion comics, Gorman’s quirky style and humour is quite simply infectious. N.B. Gorman also illustrates Mario, Donkey Kong and a host of other characters.

The Legend of Zelda Motion Comics

Summer holiday catch up

8 07 2012

It’s been a while (way too long), since I posted my last blog here. A lot has happened in that time, including presenting a paper on motion comic adaptation at the ‘Contemporary Narratives’ conference in Nottingham university (featuring keynote speaker Professor Henry Jenkins), interviewing hypercomic creator Daniel Merlin Goodbrey, saying goodbye to my PhD supervisor (the gifted and erudite Dr Daniel Martin) who has left Queens for a South Korean university, and finally getting published in animation Professor Paul Wells’ journal, ‘Animation Practice, Process & Production’. Here’s a link to the latter: http://www.intellectbooks.co.uk/journals/view-issue,id=2245/ .

There’s also the matter of the ‘Geek and Sundry’ adaptation of Dark Horse Comics Hellboy: The Fury into a six-part motion comic. After a lengthy exposition in the first episode, this series exemplified conventional motion comic practices with its style of motion, full-screen mise-en-scène and voiceover dialogue. It might have preferable to adapt an earlier Hellboy mini-series, however it seems that the motion comic is an attempt to draw attention to Hellboy’s plight and Mike Mignola’s upcoming series.

Hope you’re enjoying your summer wherever you are!


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