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Collapsing the Temporal Map

by Erik Loyer

Many comics fans start to get nervous when parts of comics' temporal map begin to be overtaken by animation. This anxiety peaks when the map is collapsed entirely in a format called “motion comics,” one of the best-known examples being an adaptation of Alan Moore and Dave Gibbon's Watchmen released in 2008. This is an extreme approach, one which effectively turns the comic into a minimally animated movie. Audience response has been predictably polarized. Quality is one reason: motion comics often take artwork which was never designed to move and puppeteers it far beyond its limits. Another reason is that panels as a visual device are often removed completely from motion comics, threatening what Scott McCloud identifies as the "core identity" of the medium in a much more violent way than in Comixology's "guided view" approach.

Watchmen Motion Comic

An excerpt from the motion comic adaptation of Alan Moore and Dave Gibbon's Watchmen.

from Watchmen: Motion Comic (2008)
Creator: Jake Strider Hughes
Distributor: Warner Brothers
Posted by Erik Loyer