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So... If you've been wondering what the hell I've been up to that I've been updating more sporatically than you'd like, well, now you know. This is a preview of my personal webcomic, the Crimson Fly. Its not ready for publishing yet, and won't be until next year, but I figured a sneak peak was in order.

This is something that I've been working on for a while: a digital animated comic. Its not my thesis that all my other pre production stuff has tied into [link] but a lot of that stuff obviously still applies (character designs, process, etc). The webcomic allows me to work out kinks in my technique (story, illustration, animation, composition, programming, etc.), get better as an artist, and work out mistakes before they occur in my thesis.

As for this particular narrative, its not the full story; I want you to be somewhat excited when it comes out next year! Hence why it starts in the middle and not at the very beginning, and why it doesn't end properly. I hope you like where its going, though!

What do you think? Drop a comment, or favorite and let me know!

PS everything was done in Flash.

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FatalRaine Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
So I've left this in my Messages window since you posted it because I wanted to comment on it intelligently, but that takes time, and since that seems like something I'm not going to get anytime soon you'll have to live with "passable."

Basically, "OHMERGERD! SO COOL!" but to elaborate:
I've seen motion comics and animated comics before, but they never add anything to the experience for me, not really anyway. Even the amazing Ryan Woodward's Bottom of the Ninth was a little bit flat at times. Every time I find one always I'm always excited, but inevitably I find myself just wishing either A) it was just a comic so I could comfortably move through at my own pace, or B) it was just an animation that I could enjoy watching as it was intended to be watched. Yours on the other hand is exactly what I never knew an animated comic should be!

Instead of seeing the comic all at once and then just clicking on it for some neat effect your animations actually pull me through the page and set up the beautifully composed panels. I ABSOLUTELY LOVE the fact that action often takes place in more than one panel concurrently, it creates a truly unique visual experience, and makes the comic feel all the more alive. A great example is the the two panels when the car alarm is going off (in fact I think this was my favorite page, experience wise). I think it's great that once everything is finished playing, the page is different that it was when you started. Which is exactly what I've always wanted from a comic in general. I also love your well timed value tints on the panels we don't need to be looking at, it really focuses the action without removing the rest of the page (which would just make it an animation).

It was admittedly a little bit jarring the first couple of times I played through this because your compositions, the amount of animation, and the format in which the panels moved/appeared all changed from page to page. That feeling went away eventually and now that I'm more acclimated I think reading through the full issue/multiple issues would be a lot smoother.

This storytelling style is also benefited greatly from your aesthetic because it is bold, easy to read, and very graphic in nature. I feel that style incorporates/blends/marry's the drawings with the dynamic panels better than other attempts I've seen before. The obvious result is that the panels themselves feel like part of the experience, a character in their own right.

Lastly, as a viewer I appreciate that you didn't give me random gratuitous crap to click on. That is an easy pitfall I've seen a lot before and it always bothers me. It pulls me out of the experience and just makes the whole experience feel gimmicky.

Hopefully this very long winded "AWESOME!" is appreciated. You're really on to something, I can't wait to see more!
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Klandestineone Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2013  Student General Artist
This is so awesome!
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germangood Featured By Owner May 27, 2013  Hobbyist Filmographer
Very nice idea for the comics
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Margerison Featured By Owner May 24, 2013  Student Filmographer
This has surpassed my expectations Colin!
And they were pretty high :D
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ScottyTheMan Featured By Owner May 24, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Awesome! I love how the panels sway and bounce! Cool! Can't wait :) I always wanted to make a motion comic whether in Flash or After Effects but I have no idea how to :|
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