Motion comics: the emergence of a hybrid medium

Smith, Craig (2015) Motion comics: the emergence of a hybrid medium. Writing Visual Culture, 7. ISSN 2049-7180.

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This paper examines the recent emergence of the motion comic as part of a growing relationship between comic books, animation and new forms of digital entertainment and distribution. Motion comics typically appropriate the narrative and ‘static’ artwork of a comic book, which is then manipulated by animation software such as Adobe’s After Effects to create an impression that is similar to paper-cut animation. Early examples of the motion comic form include the episodic web-based Broken Saints (Burgess 2001-2003), as well as Saw: Rebirth (Shuter and Viney 2005). This paper will reveal a number of motion comic aesthetics via a brief analysis of Watchmen (Moore and Gibbons 1986) (Motion Comic Director: Hughes 2008). A number of interactive digital comic narratives are also explored, including Pocom ( 2013) and an overview of the ‘App’-based title CIA: Operation Ajax (Burwen et al. 2011).

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Volume 7 is a special edition on Digital Comics
Subjects: N Fine Arts > N Visual arts
N Fine Arts > NC Drawing Design Illustration
N Fine Arts > NE Print media
Divisions: Faculty of Arts and Humanities > School of Media Art and Design
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Depositing User: Dr Craig Smith
Date Deposited: 04 Feb 2016 16:08
Last Modified: 05 Feb 2016 19:13

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