Moore & Reppion: The Thrill Electric Teaser

3 08 2011

Teaser trailer for Leah Moore and John Reppion’s ‘The Thrill Electric’ … This looks like an interesting use of the motion comic genre to explore an earlier technological breakthrough, namely the telegraph. The trailer features an abundance of artist sketches and finished renders, as well as a sense of the ornate Victorian society that informs the aesthetics of the comic book and also the screen backdrops.

“The Thrill Electric is an up coming Channel 4 enhanced comic, exploring how the telegraph changed Victorian society every bit as much as the modern day internet.

Written by Leah Moore, John Reppion and illustrated by Emma Vieceli and Windflower Studios and animated by Little Loud Studios,

This promo is a preview showing work in progress. The Thrill Electric will be launched in Autumn 2011 and will be free worldwide.

See more coverage on the Moore/Reppion blog here:”


Jim Woodring’s ‘Frank’ – Animated

5 04 2010

I recently discovered a series of animations based on Jim Woodring’s ‘Frank’ comic books. Woodring’s work often defies attempts to deconstruct its highly surreal and visual narrative, but there’s no questioning the artistic merits of this groundbreaking comic book series. I’m particularly struck by the use of the drawn line as ‘texture map’ within a 3D environment. This animation is one of a limited series by various Japanese artists who have translated the comic book art into short animated tales.

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.