Category Archives: comic

thrilling warm up.

I love dressing up, me. The next time I am going to get to do it will be on 29th October. At the MCM Expo where we shall be launching The Thrill Electric. Come join us! Yes ma’am, we shall be in Victoriana and John Reppion and Leah Moore the lovely authors of the comic (it’s enhanced, you know) will be on a panel and doing a kind of director’s commentary.

Bleeding Cool did a lovely write up today trailing the event and showing off the first exclusive cover art – one of my favourites (although they are all magnificent, and by different very well know comic artists). I think it really is going to live up to expectations: almost a year in production. W00t. Well done to Hat Trick, Littleloud, John and Leah, Emma, and the wonderful Windflower.

App will follow soon after launch too!

just a glimpse under the petticoats.

The Thrill Electric was the first thing I commissioned when I started my job last year. It was a long time in the contracting but the production has been smooth so far! Set in Victorian Manchester and against the backdrop of the Victorian Internet, it parodies what teenagers do with online communication now, but is primarily about gender and sexuality in the workplace.

It is written by Leah Moore and John Reppion, the fabulous married comic super duo. They were teamed with fresh out of college illustrators Windflower (who I love on DeviantArt) and lead character designer Emma Vieceli. I remember being really shocked hearing that as writers, they rarely had a choice of illustrators to work with and they didn’t really co-create with them. That was something we wanted to do differently in this production and I really think it has been an incredibly co-creative, collaborative effort.

With Hat Trick at the production helm and Littleloud on the “reinventing online comic readers”* and animation job, it truly is an all-star team, and they are all absolutely fantastically fun to work with.

We had a great time at the MCM Expo last weekend talking about it and ramming leaflets down teenagers’ throats**. We hope to be there again in the Autumn in time for it to go live.

And this time: we dress up.

Check out the very much work in progress teaser above…

*We are using Unity and some snazzy animation and camera work. It is the first time Unity has been used for a comic, apparently.

**It is aimed at 14-16 year olds.

Facebook and Lacy Bitstripped

Courtesy of newly-launched and very cool Bitstrips.

LOL ads

I love this cartoon which is actually an ad for Godaddy, the domain name seller fave of podcasters and the like (because Adam Curry, the trans-cultural, sexually obsessed floppy haired Pied Piper of podcasting has a deal with them and also did some DIY ad campaigns with them through the podcast)… Saw this via our friend (who we also met via podcasting) Christian Burns.

Maybe I should rethink getting a cat. I have enough feeding to do in my own life. Now I just sound selfish.

**Completely irrelevant note to self: as an aside, never hang washing outside at this time of the year. You think it is mild and sunny, then it pisses down. And actually gets quite chilly.**

Web 2.0 Heroes

I watched Heoroes * last night for the first time. It is the ultimate Web 2.0-ish TV programme and has been a massive hit. It is supposed to be comic-book-style, and it is.

But I say Web 2.0-ish because it has so many references to web 2 and 3-type cultures and practices. I think I even spotted the two famous Chinese N*Sync YouTubers, the Dormitory Boys, (seen in original video above) in cameo parts singing the same song in a bar, dressed in the same T-shirts. And one of the characters can teleport, just like in Second Life.

There are also symbols and clues dotted throughout the show, according to Wikipedia, for fan cultures to start gossiping about on forums and so on.

There were other things that I can’t remember right now – oh yeah, one of the characters is an internet stripper and another couple video stunts. Digital cultures cut through the whole thing basically.

*The official websites has all sorts of fun stuff on it, such as Hiro’s blog, a wiki…

I am Superman: Who are you?

Your results:
You are Superman

Superman
90%
Wonder Woman
85%
Supergirl
80%
Iron Man
80%
Spider-Man
75%
Hulk
70%
The Flash
70%
Green Lantern
65%
Robin
60%
Catwoman
50%
Batman
50%
You are mild-mannered, good,
strong and you love to help others.


Click here to take the “Which Superhero are you?” quiz…