Feb. 14, 2011 | 10:04 a.m.
FIRST LOOK: ‘THE ANGEL’ MOTION COMIC Even with all that chocolate, Valentine’s Day can be as bitter as it is sweet. With that in mind, we bring you a special holiday exclusive — a truly evocative motion comic, “The Angel,” which melds the heart-tugging words and images of Dean Haspiel (artist on “The Quitter” and “The Alcoholic“) with a forlorn soundscape created by none other than Moby. The final result shows that motion comics have a wide frontier ahead of them if creators approach them as a distinct medium and not as paper-doll passive or low-energy animation. This motion comic adaptation of Haspiel’s printed-page version of “The Angel” was directed and produced by Daniel J. Kramer who uses text, artwork, composition and a sliding sense of motion to orchestrate the reading experience and introduce a rhythm to the aching monologue. Haspiel, one of the more restless talents […]
Sept. 08, 2010 | 3:20 p.m.
Marvel's motion comics machine strikes again. Joining Iron Man, Spider-Woman and the Astonishing X-Men, the comics titan has unveiled its new Uncanny X-Force trailer/motion comic. They're an interesting team in that, for a while now, Wolverine and his merry band of hardcore mutants were doing the things that the X-Men (as heroes) couldn't touch (i.e. killing!). An undercover squad sanctioned by Cyclops, they were recently outed to other members of the X-Men, and promptly disbanded. Or at least, that's what everyone, including Cyclops, thinks. Have a look.
April 30, 2010 | 10:53 p.m.
Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures won’t bring “Jonah Hex” to movie theaters until June 18, but the scarred gunslinger has already jumped off the page in another way — vintage issues of the Old West adventure have been reloaded as the latest motion-comics effort from DC Comics and Sequence Post. The first epsiode is now available for download on iTunes and Amazon, and the remaining six will be released weekly leading up to the film’s arrival. The first five episodes present the “Two Gun Mojo” story arc from the character’s Vertigo years, a tale that was written by Joe R. Lansdale, drawn by Timothy Truman and collected up in graphic-novel form in 1994. The final two episodes, “The Gunfighter” and “The Hangin’ Woman,” are from the bounty hunter’s 1970s run and were written by John Albano and drawn by Tony DeZuniga. Jim Cummings is handling the voice role of […]
April 16, 2010 | 9:29 p.m.
“IRON MAN 2” COUNTDOWN: 21 DAYS Tony Stark breaks all the rules (even the one that says superheroes must keep a secret identity), and he always seems to comes out on top — that’s why we love him. But now comes “Iron Man 2,” a film about secret dangers, the sins of the father and the nasty price of modern celebrity. The movie lands May 7 in the U.S., and every day until then, we’ll have behind-the-scenes scoops on the summer’s most anticipated film and a look at all things Iron Man. “Iron Man 2” is still three weeks away, but if you want a different sort of adventure with the armored Avenger, check out “Iron Man: Extremis,” the newest motion-comic epic from Marvel Knights Animation. The six-episode motion comic adapts the landmark work by writer Warren Ellis and artist Adi Granov from the pages […]
Oct. 19, 2009 | 2:01 p.m.
GUEST ESSAY Who is the greatest living comic-book artist? Neal Adams gets my vote. His work for DC Comics in the 1960s and ’70s still stands as a towering achievement, and he drew the perfect Bruce Wayne, the definitive Green Lantern and the most memorable Green Arrow. Adams remains a dynamic figure in the world of illustration (check out Adams’ website if you haven’t already), and his new passion is for motion comics, as he writes in this guest essay for Hero Complex. — Geoff Boucher New York, Union Square, 14th street, October 28th. It’s not every day that a new medium is invented or created and usually it happens by accident, against the tide and is roundly ignored and criticized by the majority of the population. You want to put sound with movies? Talkies?! A flash-in-the-pan! Comic books? That’s not a […]