Electricomics: Alan Moore Reinvents Comics. Again.

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Alan Moore, Writer, along with Leah Moore, Editor

Anything that has the tagline ‘Not so much pushing the envelope of comicbook storytelling as folding it up to make a nice hat‘ just shouts Alan Moore, doesn’t it? But there’s no point my trying to tell you what it’s all about where there’s a handy press release to do just that for me, so…

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Alan Moore creates digital app

The most famous modern comic book writer in the world, Alan Moore, is leading a research and development project to create an app enabling digital comics to be made by anyone.

Already known for revolutionising the comic book industry in the 1980s, Moore is pushing boundaries again with Electricomics – an app that is both a comic book and an easy-to-use open source toolkit. Being open source and free, the app has wide potential not just for industry professionals, but also businesses, arts organisations and of course comic fans and creators everywhere.

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Personally, I can’t wait,” said Moore. “With Electricomics, we are hoping to address the possibilities of comic strips in this exciting new medium, in a way that they have never been addressed before.

“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.”

Electricomics will be a 32-page showcase with four very different original titles:

Big Nemo – set in the 1930s, Alan Moore revisits Winsor McCay’s most popular hero;

Cabaret Amygdala – modernist horror from writer Peter Hogan (Terra Obscura);

Red Horse – on the anniversary of the beginning of World War One, Garth Ennis (Preacher, The Boys) and Danish artist Peter Snejbjerg (World War X) take us back to the trenches;

Sway – a slick new time travel science fiction story from Leah Moore and John Reppion (Sherlock Holmes – The Liverpool Demon, 2000 AD).

14099617820 76fabc3476 m Electricomics: Alan Moore Reinvents Comics. Again. Electricomics will be self -published by Moore and long-time collaborator Mitch Jenkins as Orphans of the Storm, and funded by the Digital R&D Fund for the Arts. As a publicly funded research and development project, Electricomics will be free to explore the possibilities of the comic medium, without the constraints of the industry.

The app will be built by Ocasta Studios, under the guidance of Ed Moore (no relation). Ocasta create apps for the likes of Virgin Media, Vodafone, Harveys and The Register. They are excited to be making their first foray into the world of comics.

The research team will be led by Dr Alison Gazzard, who has published widely on space, time and play in interactive media, and is a Lecturer in Media Arts at the London Knowledge Lab, Institute of Education. Joining her, Daniel Merlin Goodbrey is a pioneer in the field of experimental digital comics and senior lecturer at The University of Hertfordshire.

Moore’s daughter Leah will edit the project, having created the 150 page digital comic The Thrill Electric for C4 Education in 2011.

About the Digital R&D Fund for the Arts

The Digital R&D fund for the Arts is a £7 million fund to support collaboration between organisations with arts projects, technology providers, and researchers. It is a partnership between Arts Council England, Arts and Humanities Research Council and Nesta.

We want to see projects that use digital technology to enhance audience reach and/or develop new business models for the arts sector. With a dedicated researcher or research team as part of the three-way collaboration, learning from the project can be captured and disseminated to the wider arts sector.

14263124316 3732f372c2 n Electricomics: Alan Moore Reinvents Comics. Again. Every project needs to identify a particular question or problem that can be tested. Importantly this question needs to generate knowledge for other arts organisations that they can apply to their own digital strategies.

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You can find Electricomics on Facebook and on Twitter.

Not only that, but I believe this is what’s going to be on the Electricomics website, once it’s properly up and running…

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Welcome to… Electricomics.

Almost three years ago, Alan Moore had an Idea.

Whilst working with director Mitch Jenkins on The Show, an eerie film and TV concept which seemed to have a life of its own, he imagined the children in the background of a scene reading comics on transparent flexible scrolls called Spindles.

The comics, he idly supposed, would be Electricomics, and would be yet another facet of the multi-nuanced and multimedia world of The Show.

So far so dull right? Big Idea Man has yet another idea.

Wrong.

Alan Moore ideas have an uncanny habit of inveigling themselves into reality, by fair means or foul, they emerge somewhere and demand to be taken seriously.

Almost a year on, when the small film project had inflated in the manner of an airbag deployed in case of cultural stupor, to become not just one but several films, not just one story but dozens of them woven together into a huge billowing cloud of wonder. It was then, that a colleague of theirs happened to chat to a friend and mention that scrappy little idea, Electricomics.

That was all the chance it needed, and before you could say ‘Hold on is this wise?’ or ‘Don’t we all have other jobs to do?’ there was a meeting and a pitch and a funding application to the Digital Research & Development fund for the Arts. The path was not straight or quick, but in the end it arrived here, in this website, in this project, before your very eyes.

The team that was assembled then could not be more delighted, and more than a little surprised, to find themselves here and now in this position.

They have been charged with the task of producing new comics for the digital age.

They must attempt new storytelling techniques, create and use new comic making tools which they must then make freely available to everyone.

This large and somewhat daunting burden will be shared with them, by such mighty talents as Garth Ennis, Nicola Scott, Jose Villarrubia, Pete Hogan, Peter Snejbjerg, and Todd Klein.

The stories produced will not only showcase what is possible but also hopefully inspire others to do the same.

The Electricomics toolkit would give users the power to create their own Electricomics.

Different, better comics, completely new and fresh comics in every way.

Right now, as this project launches, Electricomics is still an idea up in the ether, a hope and a plan before it becomes a reality, but like I said, Alan Moore ideas usually find a way to get through.

Electricomics.

Coming soon.

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So now you know. Alan Moore is going to reinvent comics, again. Considering that the last time he did that, back when he did Watchmen in the mid-eighties, he gave the comics industry material that they continue to exploit even now, I can’t wait to see what he comes up with this time.

And, if I may make a personal observation, it’s great to see him coming back to dabble in a medium that has not always given him back as much as he has given it.

Comments

  1. Mudassir says:

    Hasn’t Alex De Campi beat him to the punch? Also, check out other works on Thrillbent.

  2. Proud to (almost) share a name with such a stupendous project!
    Sincerely,
    Alan Oirich
    Electric Comics
    http://www.jewishsupers.com/

  3. MWorrell says:

    Poor Alan Moore, giving so much of his genius, yet getting so little in return. What disappointments we are to The Guy Who Wrote The Watchmen.

  4. Kate Willaert says:

    How did Watchmen reinvent comics? Marvelman, Watchmen, and The Killing Joke were hugely influential to comics (and their influence is still felt today), but reinventing comics?

  5. Steve Morris says:

    This reads more like an advert than anything else

  6. Jack Feerick says:

    Gee, ya think? What tipped you off? The fact that it says ‘PRESS RELEASE’ at the top in big letters?

  7. horatio weisfeld says:

    ‘PRESS RELEASE’
    >>
    Might have been better if this was in the headline – as it covers much of the article – and many of us do skip down a bit before we start reading.

  8. Jack Feerick says:

    Great idea! Let’s move the beginning of the article so that it’s not so close to, you know, the start. Just to accommodate you.

    And to think that people say fanboys have an unearned sense of entitlement…

  9. horatio weisfeld says:

    And to think that people say fanboys have an unearned sense of entitlement…

    >>

    My buddy (not a drooling idiot) started reading the article before I did and made the (same) mistake as another guy who commented here did (suspect both starting to read from 2nd or 3rd paragraph – as I have noticed folks often do with web these days) I ended up pointed out to my buddy that was material from press release – so I had seen 2 people make same mistake before I thought to comment (also: notice I used the word “MIGHT” aka: Perhaps/consider/maybe there really is no problem here at all) – otherwise: and I am a drooling idiot an (utterly unrepentant) demander of unearned entitlement.

  10. I’m not talking about the press release. I’m talking about Padraig’s commentary, which is essentially fawning over every sentence from the press release without offering any content for readers. I would’ve preferred a more sensible, accurate piece to go on the site than this

  11. onobodaddy says:

    Friends in Ideaspace… New & old… Do you think Mr. Moore’s “BIG NEMO” has ever dreamt of being king?
    “KING NEMO”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1yrDQ7VdZec

    Sampling to coinsider on a sleeplush knight…

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