Black Panther – Motion Comic trailer

18 01 2010

Based on the wonderful artwork of John Romita Jr., this trailer for a new Black Panther animated series features the voiceover talent of Djimon Hounsou (Gladiator, Amistad). It’s not clear whether the rest of the animated series will be produced in the style of a motion comic, but the series will be adapted directly from the first six issues of the Marvel Comic written by Reginald Hudlin. The animated series premiered in Australia on January 16th.

A joint production by BET Networks and Marvel comics, the Black Panther is arguably one of the first attempts to capture an African-American audience within the televised superhero genre. The following excerpts from a BET Networks press release, signify their intent.

BET Networks, a division of Viacom Inc. (NYSE: VIA)(NYSE: VIA.B), is the nation’s leading provider of quality entertainment, music, news and public affairs television programming for the African-American audience. The primary BET channel reaches more than 87 million households according to Nielsen Media Research, and can be seen in the U.S., Canada and the Caribbean.

“It’s a blessing for African Americans and minorities to have a Super Hero they can identify with,” said Hounsou. “While the Black Panther is a powerful force for good, he is also a respected world leader who takes pride in his African heritage. He embodies the past and future of his culture, demonstrating the endless possibilities of an Africa that is truly free.”

The animated series premiered in Australia on January 16th.


What the duck!

13 01 2010

Humourous little motion comic, which ably demonstrates a comic strip aesthetic within the animation genre. It also comments on the digital world we live in by referencing photoshop and  ‘editing’ out one of the characters with the familiar ‘marquee’ selection box.

Fractured Visions – Comic book documentary

12 01 2010

I made this short documentary last summer. Fractured Visions is an ‘open source’ documentary of the comic book scene in the UK and Ireland. It highlights some of the themes and approaches to the medium that have emerged from social and political issues. This 2 part video features sequential artist David Lloyd (co-creator of V for Vendetta), artist Declan Shalvey, writer/artist Malachy Coney, writer/artist Bridgeen Gillespie and assorted clips from the 2d comic book festival in Derry, Northern Ireland. I’d like to dedicate it to the people who helped me along the way and the comic book writers and artists who kindly gave their boundless enthusiasm and precious time to the project.

Douglas Coupland’s ‘Generation A’: The Tragic Death of the Channel Three News Team

8 01 2010

‘Crush Inc.’ created this short motion comic adaptation from a Douglas Coupland novel. They’ve taken the approach of slowly panning across a virtual comic book vista that contains comic book panels, speech bubbles and a combination of static image and animated segments. The resulting animation combines familiar elements of comic book aesthetics with a spatial dimension that is rare in conventional animation practice, where the screen format or mise-en-scene is one unified frame.

AKIRA – Japanese tv trailer

7 01 2010

I had to include this brief trailer of Akira by Katsuhiro Otomo. Yes Anime was around well before then, with Western adaptations such as Marine Boy and Battle of the Planets, but Otomo’s masterful rendition of a Post-apocalyptic Tokyo took Manga and Anime to a new level of sophistication.

‘Dock Ellis & The LSD No-No’ by James Blagden

5 01 2010

Not sure if this follows strict motion comic guidelines, but I think in terms of it’s animation and visual aesthetic it belongs in the genre. Another reason to include it here is that it’s an incredibly entertaining story!


5 01 2010

The Prisoner online graphic novelDubbed as ‘an online graphic novel’, this motion comic invites the spectator to click next to view each sequence of events. It abandons more cinematic techniques such as sound and narration to concentrate on visual effects, simple animation blends and comic book word balloons. Each click along the narrative also makes us conscious of the framing within these moving comic book panels.