3 sites that spark my imagination

02Sep09

I’ve selected three sites that give me some ideas on what to do, and here they are.

Scott McCloud’s site (http://scottmccloud.com/)

McCloud’s site is a mix of webcomics, self-promotion, and musings on creating comics. Why include it here? Because I’m working on an idea that involves using comics in multimodal composition, of course. πŸ™‚ More than that, though, is that McCloud’s work has been consistent but also evolving. This particularly shows in his webcomic work showcased on the site. Rather than following a standard Western reading strategy of left-to-right/up-then-down, some of his webcomics explore the other ways in which a webcomic can lead a reader through a narrative. In particular, check out “The Perfect Number” on the site for an interesting alternative navigation strategy.

xkcd (http://xkcd.com/)

xkcd is a webcomic that I love to check in on periodically. It’s consistently updated on a MWF schedule, and while early comics appear to be scanned in, I can’t tell if that’s the case anymore. I find it to be one of the better examples of webcomics for several reasons:

  • the consistent production schedule
  • the consistency of the material
  • the generally consistent integration of textual and graphic modes to create the jokes
  • and, of course, it’s my style of humor πŸ™‚

Tomorrow’s Memoir (http://www.tomorrowsmemoir.com/home.html and the video link http://www.spike.com/video/tomorrows-memoir/2654192)

The description for the short film Tomorrow’s Memoir reads as follows:

An elderly man reflects on his unusual past and the choices he’s made, while a mysterious crisis develops within his city.

He is a man with secrets, bitterness, lies and regret. And he’s being watched.

The “elderly man” is clearly an aging Clark (Superman) Kent, though to avoid copyright issues the filmmakers never actually use any names. The film has that noir quality of old detective films such as The Maltese Falcon, complete with a voiceover track of the kind that Ridley Scott wished the theatrical release of Blade Runner hadn’t had.

In terms of the “What you value in digital media texts” post, I find Tomorrow’s Memoir both consistent and credible in terms of establishing a fictional universe and maintaining it. As a fan film, it not only fulfills its purpose but exceeds it, as indicated by the number of times it was selected for film festivals and the fact that it won an award for Best Comics-Oriented film. And frankly, I appreciate any comics-oriented film piece done well. I’ve seen several comedic films uploaded to YouTube over time, and this clearly outdoes any of them.

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