The Motion Book

This is not a mirage, you are truly seeing this blog entry. I would use this paragraph to apologise for my absence but instead of blogging I have been working incredibly hard on university work and job applications with intervals of The Walking Dead with the other half and Game of Thrones on my lonesome. So I shan’t.

However, my blog will be heating up very soon; with The London Book Fair next week and  two events the week after I will have a lot to write about. (The events, for those who are wondering, are: Samantha Shannon talking at Waterstones Oxford on World Book Night and a talk on Fairy Tales at the Oxford Story Museum. Excellent stuff.)

Now, on to the actual entry which I shall introduce with this appropriately atmospheric video:

Recently, while looking on DeviantART for texture stocks, I noticed the new Motion Book section and was suitably intrigued. What is a Motion Book, you ask? (It is at this point that I wonder whether you watched the video.) A Motion Book is a moving comic/graphic novel, made by new company Madefire.

I enjoy comics and graphic novels alike, particularly the work of Dave McKean whose style is delicious, so I find the idea of moving comics very appealing. The comics are available for free on DeviantART and via the Madefire APP. (Just another of many reasons for me to get an iPad, oh, to have money to burn.) I’ve not read as many as I’d like and as many as I perhaps should have to write this entry but the ones I’ve read I’ve loved. The art is phenomenal and the storytelling is just as good, I had thought that the motion could have been distracting but it blends perfectly and only serves to enhance the atmosphere. Fab.

There are those who worry about publishing now that technologies such as the iPad exist but it is technological advances such as the motion book that perhaps proves those worries unfounded; publishing is changing, yes, but this is not necessarily a bad thing. Well, perhaps it’s a bad thing for the bank balance, especially mine as my urge to buy an iPad grows, but what’s bad for the consumer bank balance is good for publishers, should the consumer be inclined to consume ebooks/motion books/book apps.

The way we read is changing too, it’s been changing for a long time and journalism especially has taken this change in its stride with online versions of all of the major tabloids among other things. Book publishing has been slower on the mark but recently there has been an explosion of intriguing digital book products. I am eager to see how the motion book develops and whether illustrated novels follow suit.