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

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The Goon – Dark Horse Motion Comics

29 07 2012

Dark Horse comics and Geek & Sundry present a wonderfully irreverent one shot motion comic of The Goon, which features the eponymous character beating up a group of ‘sparkling vampires’ and another short tale that involves orphans, a monster and a very drunk Goon.

‘And Goon did lay upon them a mighty beating’





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!
Craig