One of the final panels of SXSW talked about how the Comic Book industry is using online tools to rethink the medium and the meaning of "graphic novels". I thought I'd share some of the user interfaces talked about ranging from simple panel-per-page ones through to some really experimental deep zoom like comics.
Diesel Sweeties is a webcomic and newspaper comic strip written by Richard Stevens III. The comic was originally hosted at robotstories.com and later picked up for newspaper syndication in 2007. It's now available on the iPhone
2. Watchmen - Motion Comic
Motion comics take the traditional comic panels and play them in a Quick Time player with audio. It's less like a slide show of original comic panels and more of the comic book “brought to life” with rudimentary animation techniques.
3. Shadows Never Sleep - Explore the art.
Shadows Never Sleep allows the user to zoom in and out of the story, exploring the art and narrative at will in an really innovative way.
4. Balance and Grace - Scan and Flipping
Linear story telling using virtual page flipping techniques. More often than not these are simply scanned comics.
What I love about this is the simplicity of the idea. It's a one panel comic inwhich elements of the panel remain the same as the changing parts of the story move around.
6. The Zoom Quilt II - Deep zoom
Surreal art project with over 80 images laid on top of of each other to create an amazing deep zoom effect.