Elec­tri­comics un­leashed

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Alan Moore ad­mits that he’s use­less with tech­nol­ogy and isn’t re­ally in­volved with the comics scene these days. De­spite this he – along with daugh­ter Leah Moore, John Rep­pion and a host of other creators – has in­vented a new “dig­i­tal comics ecosys­tem” which has just been re­leased for iOS de­vices (An­droid is to fol­low, sub­ject to fund­ing). In­stall the free Elec­tri­comics app and you get four sto­ries – and they’re not just stan­dard comics, but in­no­va­tive in­ter­ac­tive ex­pe­ri­ences.

“Red Horse” by Garth En­nis is a mov­ing story of WW1 beau­ti­fully painted by Frank Vic­to­ria, which you scroll through. “Sway” by Leah Moore and John Rep­pion with art by Ni­cola Scott, is a sci-fi tale that you swipe through... un­til, at a cer­tain point, you tilt the screen to drop into a dif­fer­ent time and travel in a dif­fer­ent di­rec­tion. In “Big Nemo”, writ­ten by Alan Moore with art by Colleen Do­ran, you tap to ad­vance through the story – but this doesn’t just mean the next panel ap­pears: el­e­ments might an­i­mate or change sub­tly or move to dif­fer­ent po­si­tions. “Cabaret Amyg­dala Presents: Sec­ond Sight” by Peter Ho­gan and Paul David­son is the least lin­ear: you nav­i­gate by tap­ping an­i­mated hotspots but also need to find clues to build a dif­fer­ent, darker pic­ture and dis­cover much more.

The four comics each in their own way, rep­re­sent an ex­cit­ing at­tempt to ex­plore what “dig­i­tal comics” could mean and ex­pand them be­yond just view­ing pan­els on-screen. The next step is the re­lease of an open source cre­ator tool, promised soon, which will en­able all kinds of creators to cre­ate, pack­age and pub­lish their own dig­i­tal comics.

an ex­cit­ing at­tempt to ex­plore dig­i­tal comics

Be­low:

Some of the amaz­ing ti­tles you can read for free right now on the app.

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