About a year ago I did a job for a movie company called RG Entertainment and their film “Super Capers“, which you can read all about here and here and here. This winter, director Ray Griggs commissioned me to adapt a script he had written into a promotional comic book for the movie’s release, which I worked on with my pal and comic book superstar artist/inker Tom Nguyen (in record time, as usual) and which was given away at WonderCon in San Fransisco. Sadly the film did not do well in limited release and was not picked up for national distribution, but is coming out on DVD later this month.
Ray is quite an idea man, coming up with all sorts of promotional ideas. He and a computer programmer friend of his named Stevo Brock even did an iPhone app for the movie. Ray had told me he and Stevo were working on a second iPhone/iPod Touch app that was an interactive version of the promo comic Tom and I did. Sometimes these sorts of projects actually happen and sometimes they never get past the idea stages.
Well, this particular idea was just announced as being released on the iTunes App Store (See official press release at bottom of post).
After downloading the comic to my iPhone I see they did a fantastic job on it, especially considering they did not have layered files to work from. The “interactivity” seems to mean that you turn the pages like real pages by swiping your fingertip from the lower right corner across to the lower left. The panels themselves have sound effects and some limited animations, which are nice touches and not overdone. This really is pretty cool…
An example of a panel from the digital comic
The page turning feature…
This full comic/page menu is also available
The app costs $1.99 at the iTune App Store. Here is a link to the App Store page (warning, this link needs to open in iTunes). Of course you need an iPhone or an iPod Touch to be able to use the app.
RG Entertainment Releases First Ever iPhone Interactive Motion Comic
Beverly Hills, CA¬¨‚Ä†¬¨‚Ä†¬¨‚Ä†¬¨‚Ä†Jul 02, 2009 in iPhone
[prMac.com] Los Angeles, CA – RG Entertainment, Ltd. today announced the availability of the “Super Capers Comic #1 – Back to the Feature” for the iPhone/iPod Touch. This application is the first of its kind, Interactive Motion Comic, designed exclusively for the iPhone/iPod Touch. The digital comic book is the official prequel/sequel comic to the independent film Super Capers, picking up where the film left off.
RG Entertainment, Ltd. has created a new kind of comic book experience that takes full advantage of the iPhone/iPod Touch. The traditional 2D art style comes alive as you watch and listen as the action pops-in, hovers, bounces, and rockets off, with full sound effects and music from the film! Take control of the interactive experience by physically turning the pages with your finger!
* Interactive Motion Comic complete with animation and real music and sound effects
* Turn each page controlled by your finger
* Double tap to turn page quickly
* Pages index table of contents
* High Quality film trailer for the film Super Capers
* Quickly return to the last page viewed from the menu
* Complete info on the entire Super Capers Collection and other products from RG Entertainment, Ltd
* No “loading” screens
Written and Created by: Ray Griggs (Film Writer/Director)
Pencils and Color: Tom Richmond (Mad Magazine)
Inks: Tom Nguyen (Incredible Comics) and Tom Richmond
Application Design and Development: Stevo Brock
* iPhone or iPod touch 3.0 or later
Pricing and Availability:
Super Capers Comic #1 – Back to the Feature is only $1.99 (USD) and is available exclusively through Apple’s iTunes App Store.
RG Entertainment, Ltd. is an entertainment company dedicated to telling compelling and captivating stories to family audiences that they may be swept away from reality and lost in the Silver Screen for a moment in time. RG Entertainment, Ltd. most recently completed the award-winning, independent, feature film Super Capers, coming to DVD on July 21, 2009, and is now pursuing development of the epic, feature film Lucifer, based on the multiple award-winning short created by RG Entertainment, Ltd. Copyright 2009 RG Entertainment, Ltd. All Rights Reserved. Apple, the Apple logo, iPhone and iPod are registered trademarks of Apple Computer Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries.
758 My cover art for the next issue of MAD, exclusive sneak peek from @entertainmentweekly website
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