Monday, October 19, 2009

Motion Comix!

The L.A. Times (and You Tube) get a bit breathless as they tell us of the Next. New. Thing.

The future is now for motion comics

...[W]hat is that, a moving comic book? Yep! But isn't that ... animation?

Actually NO. Animation, as it is defined today, is hundreds of thousands of animation cells drawn by a studio of animation artists who adapt ONE creator's work to a simplified version -- a version that has as few actual lines as possible. Done well, it can be brilliant -- BUT, it can never be the original artist's work ...

On [October 28] the first "true" motion comic, the first issue of Marvel's "Astonishing X-Men," will be presented in a world premiere at 14th Street-Union Square as part of MarvelFest NYC 2009. It will be outdoors and projected -- yes, I did just say "projected" -- on the side of the massively large, now closed, Virgin Megastore ....

Actually, YEAH. It is animation. Slightly different animation than we've been used to, but animation.

See, there was this other cartoonist/ comics artist, big in his day, who invented the whole genre. He did stuff like this:

All hand-drawn by one artist, just like "moving comic books." And if you can find people who think this isn't animation, you send them to me and I'll help them get their heads screwed on right.

Motion Comics. That art-form the old comics artist Winsor McCay was practicing a century ago ... back when he invented it.


Anonymous said...

Filmation did this better. That clip is awful. They should have hired artists to make it.

jason said...

agreed.. there is great potential in this (obviously). With such heroic characters and great still poses you could really do some great dramatic movements and really add to the storytelling.

Unfortunately a lot of what was in this clip was movement for movement's sake.

Anonymous said...

Agree with the top two comments.

If the characters themselves were just stills and they were just multi-planing those around (like they did with those Marvel shorts in the 60's), it would be much more effective.

Steve Hulett said...

Ralph Bakshi used to talk about "Lord of the Rings" (his cartoon version) as being "moving Rembrandt."

But what was it actually?

Traced rotoscope.

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