Darn, Motion Comics Aren’t Dead Yet: Buffy Season 8, Black Panther Yanked

Marvel Knights: Black Panther

I had thought, after not hearing of any new motion comics since last year, that the unholy hybrid of comic panels and limited animation had died out like the fad it was.

Unfortunately, this week’s Comic-Con-focused issue of Entertainment Weekly brings the news that Dark Horse is turning their Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season Eight into a motion comic that will cover the first 19 issues. It launches on iTunes this week with a DVD to follow later this year.

If you really want to own some examples now, Warner Archive offers several as made-to-order DVDs, or the best-known example is cheap if you buy it used.

Update: Upon further reflection, it makes perfect sense to find a way to put new Buffy stories by creator Joss Whedon on DVD in some fashion, because that’s where the core audience is used to seeing his stories. I’m still not a fan of the format, but in this case, Dark Horse would be silly not to do it.

Update 2: In other motion comic news, Robot6 reports that Marvel has removed the Black Panther motion comic from outlets where it was previously available. They speculate

the company may not have had the rights to digitally distribute the 12-episode “Who Is the Black Panther?”, which was produced in partnership with BET Networks.

The series was originally supposed to air on BET last year but never did.



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