One of comics' most redefining creators is looking to change the game again. Here's how.
Without Alan Moore, the modern comic landscape would look completely different. Watchmen alone completely changed how superhero books were written forever.
But Alan Moore is also largely known for struggling with the powers that be in his chosen medium. When Before Watchmen rolled out, he did not have nice things to say about the people involved. And, in general, it's not hard to see that Moore does not like the direction that much of mainstream comics has taken in the last decade or two.
Moore's one of the fathers of modern comics, though, and as such he still cares about what's happening. So what's a dude to do?
How about starting up a brand-new space for people to get their comics out there without too much oversight?
That's the plan, anyway. Moore is partnering up with a host of other creators as well as supporters to create a new digital comics app called Eletricomics. Not only will the app feature four original comic titles from Peter Hogan, Garth Ennis, Leah Moore and John Reppion right from the start, but it will act as a kind of open platform for other creators to bring their own comic creations to.
What's the goal? Here's what Moore had to say about it:
Rather than simply transferring comic narrative from the page to the screen, we intend to craft stories expressly devised to test the storytelling limits of this unprecedented technology. To this end we are assembling teams of the most cutting edge creators in the industry and then allowing them input into the technical processes in order to create a new capacity for telling comic book stories.
It will then be made freely available to all of the exciting emergent talent that is no doubt out there, just waiting to be given access to the technical toolkit that will enable them to create the comics of the future.
With Comixology having recently been bought up by Amazon, a new space for creators to not only create content but also to get their work out to readers is more necessary than ever.
Here's a breakdown of the stories that are coming to Electrcomics initially:
Big Nemo, written by Alan Moore, a story that returns us to Winsor McCay's popular, sleepy-time hero.
Cabaret Amygdala, a modern horror story written by Peter Hogan.
Red Horse, a World War I story that will take us "back to the trenches," from Garth Ennis and artist Peter Snejbjerg.
Sway, a “slick new time travel science fiction story” by Leah Moore and John Reppion.
It'll be exciting to see how these (and other) creators use the digital medium.
(via Bleeding Cool)