‘Dear Spider…’ for iPhone and iPod touch

29 10 2010

Dear Spider, Love, The Fly

Episode 1 of Colin Reid’s masterfully constructed ‘Dear Spider, Love, the Fly’ is now available as a download on iTunes. The app features a free score for the theme, and audio prologue and wallpaper for your iphone.

‘Dear Spider…’ chronicles the fictional life of Herman Allsop, a twisted poisoner/alchemist and ringleader of the ‘Circus of Grotesques’. Reid’s dark tale is wonderfully illustrated and incorporates a rich texture of typographical design and decoration. The score was also composed by Reid and provides an evocative soundtrack to accompany Herman’s dark deeds.

“Meet Herman Allsop – son of a pharmacist, bon viveur and ruthless killer…

Dear Spider, Love, The Fly is a 15 part original fairy tale from Belfast. Set in 1905, the year Einstein published Special Relativity, it follows the story of 15 year old Grace and her younger brother James as they fall into the clutches of Allsop and his Circus of Grotesques, which has recently arrived in Belfast from London.”

Dear Spider for iPhone and iPod touch on the iTunes App Store.




2 responses

29 10 2010

Hello Craig.

Love this blog. Have recently become a big follower of the motion comic medium and have been doing some of my own research into the recent history of the medium. One large title that you haven’t discussed on here so far is Broken Saints, which some consider to be the Original motion comic, at least the first developed exclusively for the Internet. Would be interested to read about it if you had done any research into titles from the early half of the decade, before online video and social media had really become so widespread. Broken Saints was still very successful in its own right, even though compared to today’s motion comic standards it is fairly rudimentary in style; it won an audience award at Sundance in ’03 and was released on DVD by Fox ’06, and it is currently in development as a live action mini series.

Anyway, just was wondering if you had any more light to shed on the medium and its independent creators between 2001 and 2008, when things really began to take off.

30 10 2010
Craig Smith

Hi David, glad you like the blog and thanks for pointing me to Broken Saints. It’s definitely a title that’s worthy of further study and one that I’ll cover in the blog in the near future. If you can think of other early examples of motion comics/flash comics I’d be only too happy to include them. My research at the moment is centred around more recent motion comics, but an historical framework of earlier series like Broken Saints is vital to understanding how the motion comic has evolved.

Thanks again,

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