- Posted by Johanna on July 27, 2014 at 10:12 am
- Category: Digital and Webcomics
Does anyone like motion comics? They’re an unholy hybrid of comics (which are already great at stimulating imagination through visuals) and really limited, cheap-looking animation. The newest player is Visionbooks, which has just announced a partnership with Valiant. The first issue of X-O Manowar (by Robert Venditti and Cary Nord) can now be downloaded for free for your iPad or Android tablet (if you’re willing to create an account with Visionbooks, so they can build their mailing list).
The first storyline (through issue #4) has been “vision-ized”, and after the free taste, issues are $2.99 each. There are other comics you can get for free, although likely nothing you’ve ever heard of. The animation effects themselves are minimal, based on the samples — some sparkles added here, dirt thrown from an explosion there, drifting clouds. They seem to add nothing to the story, so I don’t see the point. Particularly if it involves adding yet another app to my iPad for comics. I’d rather stick with the ones I’ve got, thanks, and the comics I read are interesting enough without digital glitter thrown on top. Here’s a trailer that shows how it works: