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Can a motion comic be done without animation? Malaria is a fantastic piece of storytelling that demonstrate how it can be done.

DC, Published on Jan 22, 2013
It has been my opinion that once the contents of a comic book start to move, ie character in a panel walks from one end of the page to the other in full motion or partial or anything of the like, it's stops being a comic and starts being a cartoon/anime.

Without going into a long lecture on something purely my opinion, a comic is a specific medium a particular art form. Panels of artwork arranged in sequence to tell a story, not necessarily to give the illusion of movement, with word balloons to give voice to the characters and move the narrative along.

So with that said I've always had a bit of an issue with "motion comics" as in I feel there a low budget cartoon done without the benefit of a full animation team. Not a waste of my time but NOT a comic book.

With that said some "motion comic books" come closer than most to bridging the gap (without crossing it!!) between comic book and cartoon/anime, and this next piece is one that does it beautifully! It's about cowboys, bounty hunters and Death. I won't say more. Give yourself a treat and check it out!

So without further adieu I give you Malaria(well I mean I’m not giving it to you! I’m reasonably sure I don’t have it and won't be biting anyone....maybe. I'M NOT A MOSQUITO!!!) done without traditional animation techniques.

TAGS: Comics , Writers , Opinions , Showcases , Pen & Pencil , Animation

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  1. DC

    Yup! group post off! I'll even get it started when I got a moment.

    #10 – 29 January, 2013 at 1:37 pm

  2. IsoRod

    A group post. Huzzah!

    #9 – 29 January, 2013 at 12:36 pm

  3. DC

    I feel you. I can give an incite to my process you and the others can also give something about theirs as well. I would be a joint posting!

    #8 – 29 January, 2013 at 12:17 pm

  4. Isorod

    That's the point we can talk about the process in general and how it works for us. I'm not looking for a preachy do it this way thing.

    I updated you URL to link in the comment.

    Also for more about on Koobismo check out check the post, Mass Effect 3:An Ending of Sorts, by DC(shameless plug).

    #7 – 29 January, 2013 at 12:12 pm

  5. DC

    Sure we could! But I think at this point in time it's a known quantity with many folks using music to fuel their thoughts as the dream up new adventures an write stories or draw or paint or what have you. The process is different in everyone. All I could do is tell how it works for me but truthfully that won't help most folks much, and would feel like chest thumping (which I know I'm not nor ever will be entitled to!) but as a general study eh, might be interesting. I'll think on it. Mean time here is one person who does use music, to set a mood with his work. Yup more Koobismo @!

    #6 – 29 January, 2013 at 10:20 am

  6. Isorod

    Yeah the writer aware character is very dangerous thing. It ended so funny that the character was laughing at the writer. Agreed Maralia is in Spanish, but the voice over draws you in, the music and production value was also very good. Hey you think we could do something about how music helps in the storytelling process?

    #5 – 25 January, 2013 at 12:59 pm

  7. DC

    Saw it! Yup Mr. Oda has a nice flare there might even be a style forming up! Plus you can see the progression of his process in watching both shorts. I liked Malaria a bit better. Seem more "finished" but I loved the subject matter in "writer"! I've always felt that if the characters in any story could get their hands on their writers there would be Blood!

    #4 – 25 January, 2013 at 11:59 am

  8. IsoRod

    There is another on of these motion comics by Edson Oda called 'The Writer'. It can be found here .

    #3 – 23 January, 2013 at 3:01 pm

  9. DC

    Glad he didn't! what he did instead was SO much better.

    #2 – 23 January, 2013 at 9:04 am

  10. IsoRod

    Cool story, but I think it might of been easier to have animate it.


    #1 – 22 January, 2013 at 1:56 pm

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