Evolving Comic Books

To expand on what we discussed about it class the other day about different forms of comics in art, I am going to look into where it seems comic books are heading these days. First thing to do would be to take a peek into the idea of incorporating music and comics together. Rolling Stone published an article a couple of months ago on a new interactive comic, that Marvel is now in the testing stages of, that has specific music that plays as readers flip the page. The link to the website is posted below. “Project Gamma” as it has been currently named, will give the reader an entirely different experience reading a story. Depending on how long the reader lingers on the page and how long it takes them to read the page are factors that determine the music they are hearing for each scene or panel. This gives even more of a unique experience for every single reader and I believe even changes the entire dynamic and definition of comics. This is almost edging towards a medium between film and literature. And yes, even though comic books and graphic novels are in a category of their own and can’t really be classified as literature, there is still text in them.

As much as I am actually interested in this idea and can appreciate it’s creativity I can’t help but think of those big hard paged picture books that I had when I was a kid. With buttons that you pressed on the side whenever there was a cue on the page you were reading and the appropriate sound would be made for the scene in front of you. Maybe a little bit juvenile? Although this is clearly more sophisticated than a snow white picture book that makes magic wand sounds, these two concepts are somewhat related. Not to sound too negative, this was a great concept for kids so why couldn’t it work when used in a more mature setting with classical music to set the scene for the latest Spiderman adventure?

All together it’s a great and innovative idea and these kinds of ideas are what keeps industries relavent and moving forward.




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One Response to Evolving Comic Books

  1. nicolericher says:

    First off: that is everything. That’s it – comic books officially have everything and I am forever pleased with comic book creators.
    As far as thinking of the push-button books from childhood, isn’t it that exact ideology that formed the thinking that comic books are for kids and thus, depreciate in pop. culture value? As Groensteen proposes: “even though they are now frequently intended for adults, comics propose nothing other than a return to childhood” (Heer, and Worcester 7). Even though childhood may be a negative association at first glance, Groensteen concludes about comics that “many adults have forgotten or rejected childhood pleasures in favor of more sophisticated, supposedly more noble, pleasures… giving rise to some strongly nostalgic emotions” (Heer, and Worcester 11). This in turn, he says, allows us liberation in our all-too-serious adulthood. So, for these reasons, doesn’t the infantile association of push-button picture books contribute positively to our vicarious pleasures?

    Heer, Jeet, and Kent Worcester. A Comics Studies Reader. Jackson: University Press of Mississippi, 2009. 7. Print.

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