motion + comics = awesome

i’m a huge comic geek. and by that i mean i have thousands of them. it’s deeply ingrained in my person. the oldest comic i still have that was bought at the time it came out is a copy of New Teen Titans #9 from July 1981. i would have been approximately 5 years old. my father would walk me downtown until we got to the newstand and let me pick out an issue or two. it would have been my first introduction to the world of George Perez’s art. he’s seriously teh awesome.

cover, comic, teen titans, george perez

so… the three of you who have ever run across this blog and bothered to read it are probably aware of the fact that i do motion graphics. i refer you to the link to your right that says REEL. that’s my reel. it has moving things in it.

couple years ago i ran across a stephen king animation series called N. N is here. N is the first time i’ve ever seen a ‘motion comic.’ i don’t even know if they called it that for the series. not long after that i ran across some short downloads on itunes that adapted some of the anthology Batman: Black and White, the full Watchmen maxiseries, and some others. lately i’ve been really impressed by the fact that Marvel has stepped it up with lip sync and more advanced compositing techniques. check it here. AND Showtime has created a Dexter prequel series as motion comics (though they’re calling it ‘animated web series’…. someone tell them the word ‘comic’ would scare away viewers who are geekophobic? hmmm?).

ok so obviously this is all very exciting for a young at heart motion graphics slinger such as my self. and it hits me, “why don’t i do one?” and while that’s a great idea cause apparently it’s a growth industry that doesn’t seem to be catching on in the private independent sector… i need material. so i sit on that idea for a while.

lightbulb! about six years ago i did a photo based comic book for a class in grad school. it’s composited in photoshop! it’s already shot! it’s based on a poem by robert browning about some dude killing his girlfriend! there’s nudity!

so i’m just now starting to pick apart the original files. they’re not the greatest work i could have done (it is 6 years old for god’s sake), but it’s not bad. i’m going to attempt to kick this out over the holiday break and only add text, narration, stock images and stock sounds… let’s keep this cheap. then we’ll think about doing something larger and more extensive from scratch.

for the hell of it, here’s the first page as it was created a few years back. again, not the greatest work i think i could have done. but i was proud of it at the time. with any luck i’ll be posting some of the animations as i flesh them out. give me something to blog about, anyway. click it to see it.

Porphyria's Lover

Porphyria's Lover comic page 1

maybe if this goes well, i can talk DC comics into letting me scan and motionify some Geroge Perez Titans issues….

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such large portions

hey look at that… i still have a blog…

too many projects on my plate. when i was a kid, i never had to finish what was on my plate. i think it actually encouraged self reliance. but maybe now i need someone to say “you can’t have any animation until you finish that feature! and look how much of the music video is left. barely two bites.”

let’s see what we have here…

STILL (my first feature film) – about 70% to a rough cut. sort of stalled at the moment.

Will Eastman’s So Damn High Remix Music Video – literally like one solid full day of editing away from finishing and i just cant find the hours all at once all together.

VJ work – hoping to add some dates/events soon. last saturday my regular monthly gig was a TECH FAIL due to some problem between the computer and projector. they’ve always gotten along before. could it be that the projector is jealous i hooked my computer up to a foreign projector last week? i thought they had an open relationship.

Photo Motion Comic (based on Porphyria’s Lover by Robert Browning) – adapting a photo comic i did years ago to motion style. did the audio recording last week.

and then there’s always Barrelhouse layout to do….

why list all this here? cause no one’s going to read it. and i just need to clear my brain.

Hang the VJ (i know… obvious pun to go with, but i can’t resist it)

so…. long story short… two years ago i was talking with a friend who does a regular dj night at my standard waterin’ hole (BLISS and the Black Cat, respectively). i’d been doing video graphics for museum stuff for years and we thought ‘it’d be awesome to add projectionto the dj night!’ but no projector available and i dont know if you know but that shizz is expensive to buy or rent or rent to own or lease or make or carve out of stone.

so we chalked it up to a little idea that maybe would never happen.

fast forward a couple months and observe a projector falling into my lap. well whattaya know!

so i started making dvds of motion graphics that i was just messing around with and running it on a loop. then i found out there was a thing called a VJ! and people were doing live video mixing out there in the world! and wow, there’s like alot of those people and software and books and a documentary or two. isn’t it interesting that the world is always a little bigger than you think it is? always. never forget that.

got inexpensive software (we’ll say it’s intro level. good, solid, affordable, simple –  i have no real complaints. check it out if you want to get into this – AV Mixer Pro), and started to do it live.

found online VJ sites and started participating uploading and downloading clips. then one day i got an email – a clip i put on VJ Vaults was a finalist in a contest! no kidding? really? well, didn’t i just fall into something. so it was fifth place out of about 1200 submissions. thanks internet, i didnt even know i was good at this or i was entered into a contest. i still feel like i’m just starting out at this. i’ve done a few cool events and i love doing bliss every month. but i’m starting to realize that if i put a little legwork and time into it maybe this would be more of a viable endeavor than just a hobby.

thanks for stopping by. here’s the clip that placed in the contest.