I am behind on updating my blog with the latest with my art and teaching and all, but here is a Motion Comic Magic post on trailers for books and comic books to tide you over.
A ‘Motion Comic’ (or ‘motion illustration’) is re-purposing the artwork into animation, in this case to promote the books that are the source of the art work. The term ‘Motion Comic’ has morphed a bit for some as comic book looking art with simple animation, but for me it’s always been about re-purposing material and not creating it just for animation. It’s sort of like a visual audio book.
Book trailers have become more frequently used by interdependent publishers as well as some of the large European companies as well as, but since even the simplest trailer takes time/money to put together they are still not as common. It’s sad we don’t see more since a well thought out trailer can help get the idea of the book across fast and from anywhere there is the Internet available. Of course for transparency sake, I have made a few book trailers and so I am biased. One of trailers below go beyond just re-purposing the art from the source, but were neat and so I wanted to post them anyways.
Next up is Bottomless Belly Button by Dash Shaw and published by Fantagraphics. This is not re-purposing the art from the book, but it is animated by the author so I give it a big thumbs up and included it in this post anyways. Find out more HERE.
Last, but not least for this post is a trailer for an artbook featuring the work of aviation artist, Lucio Perinotto. This trailer does a nice job of adding some animation to the artists paintings of classic planes. This is from the French publisher Paquet, find out more HERE.