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superboyprime ([personal profile] superboyprime) wrote in [community profile] scans_daily2012-04-11 12:16 am

So, this new Infinite Comics thing

When Marvel announced Infinite Comics, their new experiment with original digital comics, they made a big deal about how, even though they planned to take advantage of the storytelling techniques the different medium allowed, they were still firmly going to be comics. There wasn't going to be any of that "motion comics" stuff that just comes off as the poor man's animation it is.

Now the first Infinite Comic, an Avengers vs X-Men tie-in/prologue, has come out, and while Marvel's technically right that it's not animation, I don't know, it comes too close for my tastes. What does everyone else think? Is this just poor man's animation?

For example, here's one "page" in the comic followed by the next.





A clever trick, and yeah, it's all static images, but a bit too close to animation, no?

Then there's this three "page" sequence:







Again, clever, and a nice example of something you couldn't do in a print comic, but is it really still sequential art?

In the next three panel sequence, Nova's heading closer and closer towards a collision with a helicopter before managing to use his powers to speed up his mind at the last moment, giving him the reflexes to evade the vehicle.

With each click of the mouse, the story progresses by one panel.







It's all static images, and yet...

And two more examples: These are two separate two-"page" sequences.









I get Marvel's point that the reader's still in complete control of the pacing, but can't I control the speed of a movie too by constantly pressing the pause/play buttons? So how is it really that different?

So what do the rest of you think? Genuine comics, or poor man's animation?
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[personal profile] nezchan 2012-04-10 05:47 pm (UTC)(link)
I dunno if it's "animotion" the way motion comics are so much as an outgrowth of the way comics are handled on mobile devices and sites like Comixology, going from panel to panel, or in the case of splash pages to important parts then zooming out for the full effect.

So while it's skirting the line of (very) limited animation, I don't think it's done with that in mind so much as trying to go from the other direction and add their own stamp to what's becoming a more common way to read comic pages. Although I, for one, still prefer full pages to the whole panel-by-panel thing.