Street Fighter – Motion Comic

30 12 2009

Capcom’s ‘Street Fighter’ gets the motion comic treatment (based on the comics by ‘Udon Entertainment’). It’s high on melodrama, but does offer some beautifully languid camera movement, fast edits where the action takes place and some naturally kinetic artwork. This brief scene, featuring Ryu, is reminiscent of ‘The Empire Strikes Back’ sequence, as Ryu’s sensei warns him of his ‘dark side’.





Marvel + Aniboom – Competition winner

28 12 2009

The winning entry by animator John Griffith utilises the original comic book artwork alongside some extra 3D modelling, sound effects and voiceover. Griffith certainly deserves top prize, and I particularly enjoyed the scene where the Hulk throws Wolverine outside the very boundary of the animation and back the into comic book panels themselves. The 3D scenes provide a compelling scenario, but it raises the question of authenticity as the source material has been supplemented by 3D modelling and animation.





ZITS: Taxi Service

23 12 2009

A relatively simple, yet compelling, example of a motion comic based on Jerry Scott and Jim Borgman’s comic strip ‘ZITS’. It features excellent pacing, good voiceover talent and some abrupt ‘camera movements’ that compliment the narrative and the comic strip panels. N.B. The first second of the animation displays a title page, with the original comic strip artwork.

    Animation by Jantze Studios.




Madvillain – Motion comic music video

21 12 2009

This music video for Madvillain (MF DOOM and Madlib) successfully merges a comic book aesthetic with drawn animation to great effect. The animators have clearly been influenced by early motion comics, such as The Incredible Hulk. The two scientists who mutate into Super-powered beings can clearly be associated with Bruce Banner (Hulk) and Samuell Sterns (The Leader)

Some of the more imaginative sequences in the animation include: running between comic book panels, subverted 60’s comic book advertisements, ripping part of a ‘panel’ to use a shield, falling down through vertical comic book panels and animated Kirby-esque energy fields.





YouTube – The MultiPlane Camera

21 12 2009

Walt Disney discusses the technological advancement of the multiplane camera. It could be argued that Lotte Reineger used a similar device for her 1926 animated shadow puppet film The Adventures of Prince Achmed. Similar techniques are often used in contemporary motion comic animations via digital software, such as Adobe’s After effects.





YouTube – Uncharted: Eye of Indra Episode 1

21 12 2009

Motion comic ‘Uncharted: Eye of Indra’ was initially released in October 2009. UNCHARTED: Eye of Indra – is a four episode Motion Comic tie-in to the Playstation 3 videogame UNCHARTED: Drake’s Fortune.

Neil Druckmann // Lead Game Designer, Naughty Dog

For those unfamiliar with them, a Motion Comic is essentially an animated comic book – you watch it like a movie. Characters move, there’s some 3D effects, and cool panel transitions. Expect some of your favorite characters and voice-actors from the UNCHARTED universe to show up throughout the story. Other than Nolan North reprising his role as Nathan Drake, I can’t announce who else shows up in the story as that’ll spoil some of the fun.
We’re launching the first episode for free to whet your appetite and the rest of the episodes will come out in November. Be on the lookout for an upcoming announcement about an awesome pack-in that we’ll include with future episodes.





DECONSTRUCTING ROY LICHTENSTEIN

18 12 2009

American artist Roy Lichtenstein was inspred by American comic book art. Lichtenstein took the artform of the comic book and finely tuned it’s graphic qualities. His painting technique borrows heavily from the graphical syntax associated with comic books. i.e. Speech bubbles, sound effects, the graphical line and the printing process itself in the technique of using dots to alter the shade and tone of a coloured area.

David Barsalou (DECONSTRUCTING ROY LICHTENSTEIN) has uploaded some interesting ‘before and after’ scans of the original comic book artwork and Lichtenstein’s paintings.

Whamm! by Roy Lichtenstein

Whamm! by Roy Lichtenstein (Bottom Panel), inspired by comic book artwork.