New open source Comic Smart Panels allows you to make your own animated comics


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.

Surveying the tablet comics world: Symbolia, Wormworld, Sequential, Madefire


NOTE: the below is me spitballing at 3 in the morning just to get some dialog going. I invite your comments and corrections. I’ve had this news item floating around for ages and kept meaning to write it up: Symbolia, the journalistic comics magazine for tablets, has wrapped up its final issue. Founded by Erin […]

Future comics: The Bloody Footprint by Lilli Carré


The New York Times has been dabbling in “future comics” type stuff over the past year orzo, and they se Lille Carré up to bat and she hits a home run with The Bloody Footprint an inquiry into memory and and identity that cleverly uses the scroll and gif panels for an effect distanced enough for memory and sharp enough for contemplation.

Process: Jeremy Rock on making “animated transition” comics


Has anyone come up with a definite name for those “swipe” comics? Many use comiXology’s Guided View, but there are other methods. Anyway, they are increasingly popular, and learning how to make them is becoming an actual comics skill set. Jeremy Rock, artist on Thrillbent’s The Eighth Seal, has a process post on these comics […]

24 Hours of Halloween: Emily Carroll’s OUT OF SKIN


Emily Carroll’s digital horror comics have become the gold standard of the genre. Since His Face is Red in 2010 and Margot’s Room two years ago, Carroll has worked in print comics (an upcoming adaptation of Laurie Halse Anderson’s Speak) but even more in video games, with the indie Gone Home just release. Carroll is […]

Madefire raises $5.2 million in VC money


Launched last year at San Diego Comic-Con, Madefire aims to be both a publishers and platform for developing next level motion comics/future comics/whatever you want to call them. And now, in traditional start-up fashion. they’ve just announced a $5.2 million round of funding, which was led by original funder True Ventures, with participation from Anthem […]

24 Hours of Webcomics: Thunderpaw In the Ashes of Fire Mountain


I’ve mentioned Jen Lee’s THUNDERPAW: IN THE ASHES OF FIRE MOUNTAIN before as a “Future comic” — the panels are animated gifs, a technique that is still being explored for its storytelling possibilities. Since I first wrote about it, a lot more has been posted and if anything it’s gotten more and more impressive. Bruno […]

Future Comics: De Vriend book trailer


It’s been a while since we looked at one of those motiony-comicky-giffy-dealies that take comics and extend them in a browsable movable way. Here’s one from the Netherlands. It’s actually an animated book trailer for De Vriend (Friend) by Dutch thriller author Charles den Tex. It was animated and illustrated by Aimee de Jongh and it was coded by Submarine, using a technique called “Skrollr” which unfolds as you scroll through it. (Pro tip: you can also use the down button.)