digplanet beta 1: Athena
Share digplanet:


Applied sciences






















A motion comic (or animated comic) is a form of comics combining elements of print comic books and animation. Individual panels are expanded into a full shot while sound effects, voice acting, and animation are added to the original artwork. Text boxes and sound effect bubbles are typically removed to feature more of the original artwork being animated. Motion comics are often released as short serials covering a story arc of a long running series or animating a single release of a graphic novel. Single release issues of a story arc are converted into ten to twenty minute long episodes depending on content.


The earliest examples of motion comics are found in independent creations such as Broken Saints (2001). However, the concept was fully outlined in the mid-1960s by science fiction author Philip K. Dick in his novel The Zap Gun, an expansion of his novella Project Plowshare, which was written in 1964 and first published as a serial in the November 1965 and January 1966 issues of Worlds Of Tomorrow magazine. In Dick's novel, weapon designers of the future are mediums, who create their new designs in trance states. The weapon designs are extracted telepathically from a motion comic book, The Blue Cephalopod Man from Titan, created by mad Italian artist Oral Giacomini. Dick describes both the storyline and the animated panels of this comic book in detail.

In 2005, Lions Gate released an animated version of the Saw: Rebirth comic, one of the first examples of an animated comic created to tie into a film franchise. The first major motion comics released, which is also the first use of the term "motion comic," were released by Warner Bros., the owner of DC Comics to coincide with the film premieres of The Dark Knight and Watchmen, releasing an adaptation of Batman: Mad Love and Watchmen: Motion Comics, adapting the comic book of the same name.[1][2][3] In 2012 a prequel motion comic of the movie Dredd was made to show the origins of the movie's main antagonist, Ma-Ma.

Marvel Comics has released motion comics using a company owned by Neal Adams. The first release was an adaptation of Joss Whedon and John Cassaday's Astonishing X-Men: "Gifted". Other adaptations include Spider-Woman: "Agent of S.W.O.R.D.", Iron Man: "Extremis", Black Panther, Thor/Loki: Blood Brothers, and Astonishing X-Men: "Dangerous".

Examples from other companies include Peanuts Motion Comics, Zits Motion Comics, the Dead Space prequel comics and the "Lucy" element of the ABC News documentary Earth 2100.[4]

Another example would be a four-part motion comic based on the Uncharted video game series as a prequel called Eye of Indra, released for the PlayStation Network.

Illustrated films[edit]

A sibling format to motion comics called illustrated films was developed by transmedia studio HALO 8 Entertainment with their Godkiller, which was produced at the same time as (but separately from) the Watchmen motion comic. As opposed to repurposing an existing comic book, Halo-8 created new sequential art that was designed from its inception to be transmedia art for both a comic book and an illustrated film. Godkiller creator Matt Pizzolo told Bloody Disgusting "Godkiller was just a slower production than Watchmen because we had to create 200 pages of art and story from the ground up first, rather than starting with one of the greatest comic books ever made as source material. Plus we had a dozen voice performers instead of just one."[5]

Although aesthetically similar to motion comics, Pizzolo identifies illustrated film influences as including Liquid Television, the MTV cartoon adaptation of The Maxx, the Berserk anime series, Chris Marker's La jetée, the motion comic Broken Saints, and the experimental cinema of Ralph Bakshi.[6][7]

According to Comics Alliance, Pizzolo stated "the difference between an illustrated film and a motion comic is kind of the difference between a movie that was shot in 3D versus a movie that was shot in 2D but got a 3D post-conversion. We're not repurposing an existing comic book here, we're building something unique from scratch."[8]

The 75-minute Godkiller feature was released theatrically in 11 cities before it was distributed on DVD and cable VOD.[9][10]

Upcoming illustrated films from Halo-8 include Ben Templesmith's original project Black Sky and an adaptation of Tim Seeley's Hack/Slash.[11][12][13]


Reception to motion comics has been mixed.

NewTeeVee commented, "This first generation [of motion comics] is admittedly crude, but there is enough 'motion' in these motion comics to keep the viewer’s attention, and so far the music and voice acting have been great. Plus, the level of experimentation and sophistication will grow as more are produced."[14]

ComicsWorthReading.com asked,

When you add camera tricks and a soundtrack to a comic, is it still a comic? Or just a poor excuse for a cartoon, done on the cheap? Are they reaching a new audience, attracted by a new format in more modern sales outlets (that come to them)? Will those hypothetical new readers eventually wind up buying traditional-format comics? Could this be just another way to try and make more money from the same, previously existing content?[15]

Artist John Cassaday described his experience with the motion comic adaptation of Astonishing X-Men, saying:

I'd seen some motion comic animation, and the quality varied. When Marvel approached me, I was initially hesitant, but after looking at some test footage and hearing how committed they were, I knew what direction they were wanting to go."[16]

Comparison to visual novels[edit]

The visual novel, a form of interactive fiction largely created in Japan (and also constituting the majority of PC games sold in the country), makes similar usage of animated transitions between still graphic images for narrative purposes. Visual novels, which have been released since the 1980s, also make use of background music and voice talents in order to help drive the narrative.

However, unlike most Western motion comics:

  • visual novels only occasionally make use of motion in-scene (i.e., a body part moving inside an otherwise-static scene).
  • visual novels, while making use of voice talents, also provide dialogue through dialogue boxes - usually superimposed on the bottom of the screen.
  • visual novel characters are usually depicted through graphic sprites superimposed upon a generic background; more detailed character designs and backgrounds are typically reserved for key scenes and events in the narrative.
  • the majority of visual novels are original properties and are adapted for, rather than adaptations of, manga or anime.
  • Visual novels can either be little more than interactive films or much more interactive adventure games, with the dialog boxes containing controls for interaction with the game.
  • Visual novels are also typically written from the first-person narrative.


  1. ^ "Watchmen Motion Comic". Watchmenmotioncomic.com. Retrieved April 6, 2010. 
  2. ^ Howell, Peter (March 3, 2009). "Watchmen: The Complete Motion Comic". Toronto Star. Retrieved April 6, 2010. 
  3. ^ McBride, Sarah (July 18, 2008). "Web Draws on Comics". Wall Street Journal. Retrieved April 6, 2010. 
  4. ^ Marshall, Rick (June 2, 2009). "Comic Creators Play Big Role In Tonight’s ‘Earth 2100’ Special.". MTV. Retrieved April 6, 2010. 
  5. ^ THEoDEAD. "MAY SPOTLIGHT: Halo-8 PLUS An Interview With Founder Matt Pizzolo!". Bloody Disgusting. May 4, 2010.
  6. ^ Anders, Jason. "The Making of Godkiller". Fulle Circle Magazine. November 24, 2009.
  7. ^ Thill, Scott. "Post-Apocalyptic Comic Godkiller Emerges as ‘Illustrated Film’". Wired. October 6, 2009.
  8. ^ Khouri, Andy. "New 'Black Sky' Teaser Brings Ben Templesmith's Illustrations to Film [Video,"] Comics Alliance (Dec. 2, 2010).
  9. ^ Moore, Debi. "Details on the Godkiller Theatrical Tour and VOD Home Invasion". Dread Central. May 17, 2010.
  10. ^ THEoDEAD. "Halo-8 Announces Theatrical Tour For 'Godkiller' Including IMAX!". Dread Central. May 17, 2010.
  11. ^ Newsarama. "TEMPLESMITH/ PIZZOLO: Black Sky, God Killer & More @ C2E2". Newsarama. April 19, 2010.
  12. ^ Marshall, Rick. "Hack/Slash To Get The Illustrated Film Treatment". MTV Splash Page. September 10, 2010.
  13. ^ The Beat. "Nice Art: Ben Templesmith’s BLACK SKY teaser". Comics Beat. December 2, 2010.
  14. ^ Albrecht, Chris (July 30, 2008). "The Rise of Motion Comics Online". NewTeeVee.com. Retrieved April 6, 2010. 
  15. ^ Draper Carlson, Johanna; Carlson, K.C. "What's the Point of a Motion Comic". ComicsWorthReading.com. Retrieved April 6, 2010. 
  16. ^ Richards, Dave (October 23, 2009). "Cassaday on the "Astonishing X-Men" Motion Comic". ComicBookResources.com. Retrieved April 6, 2010. 

Original courtesy of Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Motion_comic — Please support Wikipedia.
This page uses Creative Commons Licensed content from Wikipedia. A portion of the proceeds from advertising on Digplanet goes to supporting Wikipedia.
1000000 videos foundNext > 

Ultimate Wolverine Vs Hulk motion comics ep1

is a comic book miniseries, published by Marvel Comics. The series is set in one of Marvel's shared universes, the Ultimate Universe. It was written by Lost ...

Batman: The Killing Joke [Complete Motion Comic & Audio Drama]

Newcomers who want to listen on their iPods, search for the 'Digital Gonzo' podcast, this is episode 140. This is an audio drama adaptation of The Killing Jo...

Deadpool Motion Comic : Suicide Kings ep. 1

PAGE : http://www.facebook.com/PHUMOanimation Sorry for taking too long and I know the quality is not the best but I promise the next eps will be ...

The Death of Spider-Man Motion Comic Fan Film

Thanks for all of the amazing comments! If you liked it, help spread it around! http://www.arrivalpointproductions.com/ From Andrew Bates aka Peter Parker: A...

DC Comics' A Final Crisis motion comic part 1

DC Comics' Final Crisis part 1, comic with audiobook. Please leave a like and a comment, and any suggestions on another project you would like to see done, t...

Attack on Titan Season 2 Episode 9 ( Motion Comic)

Update: Sorry that you can't watch it on mobile.... this happens when you use copyrighted images and music, and I am sure all of you know....the music and images are not mine.... . Well well...



Get the Astonishing X-Men Motion Comic on iTunes: http://bit.ly/48se19 Cyclops and Emma Frost re-form the X-Men with the express purpose of astonishing the w...

Superman: Red Son (Motion Comic)

Like ☑ Comment ☑ Subscribe In Red Son, Superman's rocket ship lands on a Ukrainian collective farm rather than in Kansas, an implied reason being a small t...

Batman: The Court of Owls Motion Comic Issue 1

The ground is set for Batman and Co. to face off against a new foe....The Court of Owls CREDITS: Katy Jenkins as Vickie Vale Dylan Crow as Lincoln March Brya...

1000000 videos foundNext > 

573 news items

Fri, 24 Oct 2014 10:00:27 -0700

Orfani è la serie a fumetti firmata da Roberto Recchioni ed Emiliano Mammucari, ormai giunta alla sua seconda stagione (Ringo), che verrà presentata a Lucca Comics & Games 2014. Insieme ai nuovi albi è in arrivo anche la serie tv in motion comic ...
Doctor Who UK Webzine
Sun, 12 Oct 2014 02:45:00 -0700

Titan Comics has released a superb motion-comic trailer to Doctor Who: The Twelfth Doctor #1 which is out this week in all good comics retailers. Offering shocks, surprises, and galaxy-shaking revelations, seasoned TARDIS pilot Robbie Morrison ...
Ars Technica
Thu, 23 Oct 2014 08:00:00 -0700

Everything from the star's redesigned costume to the outlandish arenas she rules looks incredible at a (mostly) stable 60 frames per second on the Wii U. Things slow down considerably during the static, "motion comic" cut scenes, but these only matter ...
Mon, 13 Oct 2014 06:47:28 -0700

Cannes - Der Motion Comic des ZDF-Geschichtsepos' "Unsere Mütter, unsere Väter" ist in der Kategorie TV Movies / Miniseries für den International Emmy nominiert. In dem Dreiteiler "Unsere Mütter, unsere Väter" geht es um eine Gruppe junger Leute, die ...
Tue, 30 Sep 2014 02:02:32 -0700

Come è stato annunciato durante la conferenza stampa di Sergio Bonelli Editore dello scorso 26 settembre – di cui potete leggere il resoconto cliccando qui – a partire da dicembre su Rai4 andrà in onda il motion comic di Orfani, la serie creata da ...
Fri, 26 Sep 2014 06:58:39 -0700

When Zack Snyder's Watchmen (2009) came out, it was preceded by a wonderful 'motion-comic' made by peeling away elements of Dave Gibbon's panels, giving them slightly animated life to varying degrees of complexity. It had an energy suggesting ...

Comic Book Resources

Comic Book Resources
Thu, 25 Sep 2014 10:48:45 -0700

At Comic-Con International in San Diego, CBR TV's Jonah Weiland welcomed a trio of boxtrolls to the world famous CBR Yacht. That's right, directors Graham Annable and Anthony Stacchi were joined by actor Isaac Hempstead-Wright, best known as Bran ...


Sun, 12 Oct 2014 20:59:29 -0700

In a print comic, for example, Superman's flight trajectory is suggested by a few emphatic parallel lines; in a motion comic, the same image of Superman could move slightly within the frame, either across the panel, or using a combination of panning ...

Oops, we seem to be having trouble contacting Twitter

Support Wikipedia

A portion of the proceeds from advertising on Digplanet goes to supporting Wikipedia. Please add your support for Wikipedia!