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.

▶ 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.

Past Away: Choose How You’ll Survive!

29 04 2013

‘Past Away’ is a new Kickstarter project that has a lot of promise. Combining motion comic aesthetics, drawn animation and interactive elements. The project certainly looks worthy of support, especially if the voice talent matches the visuals.

Dusky Diana – The Last Days of Kartika

11 02 2013

The Last Days of Kartika webisodes 4 & 5

Catch up on the latest adventures of ‘Dusky Diana’, the “online graphic musical that uses Funk, Soul, and Hip Hop music to tell the story of the citizens of Kartika”.

FACEBOOK PAGE – Dusky Diana – The Last Days of Kartika

The new webisodes come out Feb 28th on the following vimeo channel:

From the website:
“The Last Days of Kartika is an online graphic musical whose intentions are to provide opportunities for upcoming artists, both local and international, to perform and collaborate with one another through this multi-media project. Through the use of Funk, Soul, and Hip Hop music it tells the story of the citizens of Kartika during its most troublesome times. Dusky Diana is the would-be hero recruited by underground rebel group Community Education in their fight to ruin the sinister Phercy Corporations. Will Community Edu save their city or be the cause of its destruction?”

‘Malaria’ by Edson Oda

20 01 2013

Written, Directed and Produced by Edson Oda, ‘Malaria’ is a wonderfully innovative and well-crafted animation that combines various animation techniques to good effect. Furthermore, Oda’s script is both imaginative and deftly crafted, which further enhances the impact of his work.

From the Vimeo website:

“MALARIA tells the story of Fabiano, a young Mercenary who is hired to kill Death. This short film combines Origami, Kirigami, Time lapse, nankin illustration, Comic Books and Western Cinema.”

or check it out on Youtube:


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