- Posted by Johanna on December 26, 2006 at 4:20 pm
- Category: Comic News
Wanna be the next hot Marvel artist? Check out Comic Book Creator, software that allows you use programmed layouts and licensed art to build your own comic books. (Hey, if cover artist Greg Land can get work lightly Photoshopping pictures, this seems like a reasonable next step.)
The Marvel Heroes edition includes “characters, backgrounds, props and action words with clip art, text balloons, and caption boxes” for Spider-Man, Wolverine, and Elektra. You can also include any of your own digital images, including from a video game or DVD. The result can be printed or distributed as a PDF.
(The same company puts out the Tokyopop manga creator program I’ve previously mentioned. There are also versions for Nacho Libre and Speed Racer, and the company has announced its intent to do a Virgin Comics version.)
I haven’t seen anyone talk about using any of these programs, and since it’s PC-only, I can’t try it myself, so I have no idea what the output actually looks like or how far the boundaries can be pushed. How easy is it, for example, to have your own character cross over with Spider-Man… and then release the results online to gain reader attention for your own properties?
How soon will it be before someone uses the product to do something naughty with the Marvel characters? Will this make it easy for young creators to put something together to show their ideas… or will it cause more standardized product that’s even less imaginative as creators only use what’s in the box? Will this revolutionize art or become a goofy toy that’s quickly set aside as users tire of it?