Motion Comics

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For fans too lazy to read a comic but have just attention to watch them move, Shout Factory has released another selection to their “Marvel Knights” animated movies/motion comics. Following the likes of Astonishing X-Men, Iron Men: Extremis, Spider-Woman: Agent of S.W.O.R.D., and Thor & Loki Blood Brothers (my favorite – absolutely brilliant telling of Loki’s pathos) Jeph Loeb (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.) and Simone Bianchi‘s (Astonishing X-MenWolverine Vs. Sabretooth is the latest to get the motion graphic treatment. Watch the trailer below to get a glimpse of Marvel’s two best beasties battle it out. (more…)

Motion comics are the bastard child of animation and the traditional comic book form. Meld the two and you can get some seriously awesome stuff; do it wrong and you don’t even get the wasted paper to line your bird cage. Marvel recently debuted the trailer for “Thor & Loki: Blood Brothers,” based on Robert Rodi and Esad Ribic‘s 2004 miniseries “Loki.” This fully-painted series focused on Loki from the God of Lies point of view. He was a sad, melancholy character, and demonstrated a depth of character rarely seen in his usual appearances as the Asgardian villain.

Thor & Loki: Blood Brothers was produced in concert with animation studio Magnetic Dreams and timed to coincide with the release of the “Thor” movie in April 2011.

I’ve been enjoying motion comics for a while now. The Walking Dead, Spider Woman, Astonishing X-Men, Spartacus, The Watchmen are just a few of the best out there. I really enjoy this style of story telling.the addition of movement and exceptional sound effects really takes the motion comic medium to the next level.

Anyone have any thoughts on the use of motion comics in advertising and marketing? Both The Walking Dead and Spartacus used the medium to help lay the ground work and build an audience before an episode ever aired. Do you have a favorite motion comic that isn’t mentioned above?