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