The Beat sits down with Fantastic Beast’s Dan Fogler to talk about his comics writing career, the great coming yin/yang union, conspicy theories, and the coming of Brooklyn Gladiator in April.
The last remaining remember of DC’s Vertigo imprint before cutting ties in the early part of last year, Shelly Bond has since moved on to a much more personal project. In October of this year, Bond will be launching Black Crown, an imprint with IDW. At this year’s San Diego Comic-Con, Bond along with writer […]
Edited to add: Huh, somehow WordPress decided to take out all the links – here’s the direct link to The Building and to Vidu’s page. Immeuble (The Building) by Vidu is another Fauve nominee in the “digital horizons” category. And it has an English language version so hop right to it. This is a fiendishly […]
It’s been a while since we dug into the world of “future comics” that use a combination of animation, sound, scrolling, and other, more imaginative, effects to present comics in a new way. The gold standard remains the work of Emily Carroll and Boulet for integrating storytelling with technology…but more are coming. The Fauves at Angouleme […]
By Nicholas Eskey Shawnee and Shawnelle Gibbs it seems were each destined to be creative. Both writers and illustrators, these sisters are the founders of Reel Republic, the production umbrella for their works. The team boasts credits such as the award winning animated short Ravishing Rasberry, popular online series Adopted by Aliens and Old Ladies […]
Above: the EXCLUSIVE first look at the cover to Inheritance #1 As we’ve been ruminating here for a while, digital comics are well established for various platforms—phones, tablets and computers—but with mobile becoming the main way people interact with the world, comics have yet to be natively optimized for reading on phones. A new company, […]
It’s been a while since we had a good :future comic” on this site, as they’ve become way too inexpensive to produce, but here’s one that is beautiful, inventive AND moving. The Boat adapts the internationally acclaimed Dylan Thomas Award-winning story by Nam Le about Vietnamese resettlement in Australia following the fall of Saigon in 1975. It was commissioned by Australian TV network SBS and their interactive unit has created a scrolling graphic novel that uses limited animation, archival footage, text, gorgeous hand drawn art by Matt Huynh and sound design by Sam Petty (Animal Kingdom, The Rover) sound to tell this story.
There are many layers of irony to the mere existence of Fight Club 2. The original novel, beneath its hyper-masculine exterior, is a critique of traditional masculinity and mass-market consumerism. It reinforces the notion that there is something wrong with capitalist America even as it undercuts the validity of Project Mayhem’s response to those ills. […]
As digital comics have become a cornerstone of comics reading, several companies have offered their own version of a technology which allows the panels to transition for digital reading. Comixology has “Guided View,” Marvel has its Unlimited technology; iVerse offers uView. The iVerse systems can be applied by users to comics viewed through their platforms, and Comixology also allows publishers to adapt their own comics.
Yugoslavian software developer Zoran Bosnjak writes to inform us of a new open source software that allows you to apply this kind of technology to any comic. It’s called Comic Smart Panels Creator & Viewer (available for Windows for now) which allows fluid panel animations and scaling for any kind of comic. Balloon sequence can also be defined, as seen with the Thrillbent comics and other “ecomics” platforms.
By Nick Eskey Known for being the fan favorite of major conventions, with its relaxed nature and lines, WonderCon has been gaining in popularity over the last few years. For this last WonderCon, I was a little underwhelmed with the pick of panel selections, so I decided to spend more time on the sales floor […]