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Do motion comics have a future?

Just putting it out there, motion comics seem to be embraced by a new younger audience, the older traditional comic book readers tend to not really accept the medium as... well a 'comic'.

I think both have their place and purpose. Its still a matter of time for motion comics to become a main stream form of art and story telling. But I think its the perfect hybrid between print and full animation.

I'd like to think the future of motion comics as a way of telling all those film screenplays and ideas that are way too expensive to make.

While big films require big budgets with big directors and big stars, big ideas can have a life with a smaller budget.

At the moment Motion Comics is open form of art and communication, eventually the consumer will gavitate towards a format that will benchmark the standard.

I think motion comics will come into their own its just a matter of how content creators deliver their stories.

And just like comics their will be great ones and not so great ones.

But it will come down to story, a great story will thrive in any medium.

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Definitely!! (I hope)

It's a good question. My first thought would be "They have to have a future because they are being done so well!" but then my second thought is "If things aren't profitable, then they won't keep getting made."

And it's tough with digital content, so many people out there don't want to pay for it. But if we don't support this industry then it will die. Mind you, I think the $2.99 Marvel want for Iron Man is a bit much! Things like that will kill motion comics off in no time. Awful!

But as a simple answer I'd say that yes, Motion Comics do have a future. Whether that be by themselves, or as promos for movies, I dont know.

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The Big Guns

If Marvel and the other bug guns keep moving forward with it it should do well. In saying that though, they haven't been the best contributors to the medium so far. The non comic companies are doing better and creating an industry. Starz have impressed me.

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 "Marvel - they haven't been

 "Marvel - they haven't been the best contributors to the medium so far." 

What are you talking about?!?! They made Spiderwoman which is probably the best motion comic out there!

 

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A friend of mine lives in

A friend of mine lives in Hong Kong and he tells me he can't get most of the main titles because they are not available outside of the states. That probably doesn't help the future of motion comics. Probably helps the future of piracy more than anything.

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I think they have a future as

I think they have a future as a form of entertainment. But I do not think there current form of delivery has a future. You read it here first people. IN the future they will be given to us differently.

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VFX artist coming to the table

Its fantastic to see motion comics like Fubar and Thesis of Evil coming out. These guys are taking the medium to a new group of artists, VFX artist. These guys don't come from hard core traditional comic book backgrounds but digital animation and feature film backgrounds. I really think these guys will bring out some really stunning visual work. Offcourse its all about story but now the domain of comics is not just for the big players but for all artists. Power to the people!

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There is undoubtedly a

There is undoubtedly a different style to those titles form what we have previously seen. I am looking forward to their release. Being from a different background to comics is probably a good sign that the DMcomics do have a future. More people are being drawn to it as an entertainment medium. We'll no doubt start to get some great stories come out that would've never normally seen the light of day in animation or feature film. We'll get some duds too, but there will be good stuff.

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you know back in 1966 marvel

you know back in 1966 marvel released these cartoons which some of you who are old enough to remember. they where straight out of the comic books literary word for word...and they used the artist work so for say Thor you saw jack Kirby...they were called cartoons but they where far from it to me they where the first motion comics..thy had captain America hulk iron man sub mariner and Thor....they still look timeless today..back then it was considered bad animation..because at the time we could not appreciate what it was...we have thousands of classic stories in marvel collections i think for starters they should bring back to life these stories...wouldn't it be great to see the galactus trilogy with kirby's art brought to you in a motion comic...just my thought on maybe a starting point for the medium

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yes please

1966! I would love for Marvel to re-release those old cartoons. Galactus trilogy especially. Motion comics by Jack Kirby, now that is a cool idea. I really liked the style of Stan Lee's Time Jumper motion comic. 

I'd prefer Marvel re-release old classic stuff than keep releasing the motion comics that they are currently. 

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When I think about the way

When I think about the way that Animated Graphic Novels and Motion Comics are being introduced and published, then I see it as follows;
Blockbusters (Watchmen), expanded stories (I Am Legend) and superhero-stuff take care of introducing the public with the new medium. Programs can be developed to make it a suitable medium for new media devices (like smartphones or the I-Pad). In a while new stories, new characters, new worlds, new scripts can be introduced to fully test the AGN and MCs to there full potential. And in my opinion that should be right about now. Enough testing and playing safe. Let's take the gamble, what's there to lose?
And indeed! Get it outside the States. Here in the Netherlands the graphic novel is just gaining popularity and just a very few have already heard about the AGN. Still I remain a little skeptic about the future of AGNs and MCs. I just haven't seen the true blockbuster yet.

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Broken Saints

Broken Saints is good one to look to as a shining blockbuster. It does everything and has everything I'd want to see in a motion comic. I even thought some of the Spartacus MCs were pretty outstanding.

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Future of Motion Comics

Heya, I reckon there's a great future for motion comics. I'm new to comics in general but I love motion comics, I think there is so much potential for them and the story development. I think you're right they are targeting a younger audience, seeing as you can get them easily on Iphones and Ipads. I'm starting a research assignment into this subject and would love your feedback on this initial survey.
http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/9CV5S2T

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Do Motion Comics Have a future

I think they do. But it all depends on how they're packaged. They're still new, frontier territory at this point so it's open season on how to market and sell them. They're an inevitable next step in comic books and an exciting one too. When tablets saturate so will digital comics and people will want more out of their comic book experience than the traditional fare. Though I doubt Motion comics fashioned after Astonishing XMen, Walkng Dead and Ironman: Extremis will go beyond niche territory ( I sincerely hope I'm wrong about this.) but I do believe that those fashioned in the vein of MGS:Digital Graphic Novel and Uncharted will be wildly popular because they do for all intents and purposes,read like traditional comics. Just with a digital boost. I'm a comic book enthusiast and have been for 20 years now and when I heard about digital Motion comics and saw trailers for the above mentioned products, I flipped co I was really excited at the prospect. Now sceptism goes hand in hand with nerd-dom and comic book fans so obviously there's critism. But motion comics shouldn't be marketed for them anyway. Motion comics should be marketed for a new audience and the audience that abandoned reading comic books in the 90's. Digital comics are putting comic books back in the lime light again because of tablets like the iPad and Galaxy Tab and motion comics will take that even further.

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Operation Ajax is a great

Operation Ajax is a great example of reading like a traditional comic but with a digital boost (nice term btw). It gets me excited about comics all over again and makes the future look bright. (just a fan here, not affiliated with them in anyway)

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The Witcher Interactive Comic book

I think The Witcher nailed what a motion comic is and offers a great engine for a Comixology type of app. It retains all of the aspects of a comic book and enhances them for a trully emesrive digital experience. I enjoyed the interface and I think all future motion comics should follow in that direction and onnovate within that environment. I'm excited because with this kind of format, motion comics can really be a viable industry and I'm willing to bet that one day, it will surpass the traditional comic book.

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Really Gembot? Really?!

Really? Witcher? I thought the way it was done was downright awful and ruined any sort of comic experience that it had. The control was invasive, ugly, crude and as far away from fluent as possible. The motion (most notably the camera movements) were on par with 1990's flash animation before people understood tension and easing in and out of things (if it was an intended style then might I suggest a change in style is urgently required)
Sorry, but this is the butthole of motion comics, an experiment that should not have seen the light of day. If you like it then I can only assume you haven't seen any other motion comics. 0/10 from me (and my two friends who I showed it to).

Motion comics have a future, this is certainly not it. Somebody sweep this under the rug please!

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Witcher

To call it the Butt Hole of MCs may have gone too far. Perhaps we should have a poll for the owner of that title. But without a doubt I don't rate it as high as Operation Ajax for it's User Experience (UX). And with interactivity being the bee knees of entertainment these days, the UX is the most important thing. Controlling the pace of a comic book has always been part of the magic of comic books, and although technically speaking, Witcher allows that, it actually takes that ability away from you with large on screen instructions telling you which way to swipe, immediately after each motion ends. You dont even get to admire the pretty pictures without 'the man' telling you when and how to move forward in YOUR experience. 5/10

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Witcher and Operation Ajax

I really enjoyed The Witcher. And as far as the directional swipes go, how else would you have made the user a part of some of the action sequences? To create the illusion of simulating a action shot, like say a guy killing a dragon. To make the guy lift his arm up, you're directed to swipe up, then swipe down to finish the action. Which ends with the dragon stabbed.(I know there was no dragon in the actual book, I was merely illustrating a point.)I thought this was fun. It's a motion comic, not a video game, and honestly it was a bloody good one. The story was sub par, I see you there & there were too few action sequences but it was a good project. Well executed. Most motion comics, which I gamble you watch on YouTube, simply play out. And most look choppy & badly animated by trying too hard to be animated. This one involves you as a reader. It maintains the comic book aesthetic & it makes full use of the digital platform that houses it by adding sound, panning, layering, movement & interactivity to its interface. CIA: Operation Ajax is another great example, it uses a similar interface to The Witcher with a little more style & a great story. I loved it. Even how the different episodes have covers that come to life. I love how they use camera panning on it but for me The Witcher had a more fun interface. Granted Operation Ajax is a better project, The Witcher had a better interface. Again, this is a motion comic not a video game & it's a early an offering of things to come. So for me, these ideas as motion comics are more plausable than Astonishing X-Men or Ironman: Extremis. Though I still say somewhere between Witcher & Astonishing X-Men would kick ass. Oh I also enjoyed the Avengers: Ironman Mark VII as far as interfaces go. Crap story, cool-ish interface. How would you guys do a motion comic given the technology available & the offerings discussed thus far?

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Madefire iPad app

I just saw some really kick ass motion comics from a company called Madefire. This one motion comic called "Treatment" has Dave Gibbons doing the script. All I can say is wow. The artwork is brilliant, really takes advantage of the medium. It seems Motion Comics companies are picking up steam. Exciting times, especially if you have aspirations coz I see an industry finally taking shape.

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The new system is so sick. You can take real life puiecrts upload them into your computers and put your comic characters in them. Now that is what i like to call smart /creative thinking. Who ever thought of that idea should be a certified genius. I am so going to use that for like every comic I make. So cudose to the extreme genius who made this new feature. I praise you, in a student loving this thing kind of way. You'll go very very far.

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Definitely because its

Definitely because its different way telling a story than the typical conventional way. Most unconventional things become conventional for the reason it was different in the first place at that time.I like watching motion comics whether its marvel or just online videos it makes audio and image more interesting to watch and study.

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hi im just getting into the

hi

im just getting into the motion comics and i think they do have a future.
i buy the odd comic but its hassle, full of adverts and i get funny looks on the train.. im 38

so now gone digital on my note 2.

just getting into the astonishing x men series

but they are not making it easy for me. not available in UK, region locked to US
cant buy digital... ask a friend etc but id prefer to buy the bluray boxset but then get shipped to uk and then rip it?

so what do i do other than you tube... only has series 1

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