Metawhal Alpha: Motion Book « Madefire

14 11 2015

Metawhal Alpha image

Madefire motion books continue to delight and surprise, and the latest creation of Liam Sharp ‘Metawhal Alpha’, combines his Lovecraftian-inspired horror narrative, with David Lupton’s dark and horrific artwork. The motion book also highlights the impact of sound within motion books, and it’s effectiveness within the context of the horror genre is particularly unsettling.

Quote from the website:

Kevin Milner has a rotting corpse in his mill. A BIG corpse. How and why it is there he cannot possibly guess. And it keeps disappearing and returning with great chunks taken out of it. A Lovecraftian tale of urban horror, this illustrated short story will keep you guessing all the way to its terrifying conclusion!

Source: Metawhal Alpha: Motion Book « Madefire

The rise of ‘Motion Books’

9 11 2015

The past couple of years have largely been a transition from someone battling through the challenges of working on a PhD, to moving country and becoming a full time lecturer in Canterbury Christ Church university in Kent. As a result, this blog has taken a back seat, as my duties as a lecturer, researcher, designer and website developer have taken their toll. However, my research continues, and I hope to return to this blog on a more regular basis very soon. The focus may change slightly to reflect more broadly upon the digital comic book field in general, but my interest in motion comics and Madefire’s motion books will no doubt feature in several posts.

Job: Animator, Kona Joe Island/Dusky Projects.

22 01 2014

Great opportunity for motion comic animators!

We are currently seeking an animator to join our team for pre-production work. At the moment, we are in need of some light touch ups on pre-existing material and can offer copy/credit. However, we are interested in expanding our team as the project grows. Responsibilities will include: inking, outlining, shading, color and prepping for animation.


To view the series please go to:
Please contact, attn-animator

Job: Animator, Kona Joe Island/Dusky Projects. NYC/Philadelphia film tv.

Free Webinar – MotionArtist 1.2

21 01 2014

Head over to for a free webinar on their motion comic production software ‘MotionArtist’. Free Webinar – MotionArtist 1.2 New Features Overview and Introduction to MotionArtistTV.

Free Webinar – MotionArtist 1.2 New Features Overview and Introduction to MotionArtistTV.

Drone of the Dawn – YouTube

16 11 2013

C&Q Bowman Productions have released their latest motion comic Drone of the Dawn.

In this era of media and governmental disinformation, and general cultural malaise, do we have time to withstand a systematic juggernaut assault against our freedoms? Is there anything we can do?

▶ 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.


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