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A creative option for people who can't draw (or who just want to 'draw' with a camera?) the PhotoComic involves taking pictures of things -- either posed inanimate objects, or actual people -- and making a comic out of them. In the {{webcomics}} world, toys are popular for this. Also became popular in British comics (particularly girls' comics) in the late 1970s and early 1980s; however, it proved unpopular and the ones that didn't shut down (as many were at the time) reverted to drawn strips. Nowadays the best-remembered photo strips seem to be the parodies of photo strips from ''ComicBook/{{Viz}}''. Arguably, Photocomics can be done cheaper and with less time consumption than the other popular choice: {{Machinomics}}. This is because photos lend themselves well to settings where realistic lighting is in high demand, requiring a lot fewer tweaks than would screenshots from a video game.

A variation is the ''fumetti'', which takes the frames of a {{film}} or [[LiveActionTV TV show]] and puts them into comic-book form: See FilmComic. Another variant involves creating scenes in Poser or DAZ Studio and importing them into [[http://plasq.com/comiclife/ Comic Life]]. Not to be confused with GISSyndrome, where photographs are incorporated into the background.


[[folder: Comic Books ]]

%%* Wizard Magazine's ''ComicStrip/TwistedToyfareTheatre''.
* ''Dorothy'', a fumetti-like adaptation of ''Literature/TheWonderfulWizardOfOz'' which mixed photos of human models with illustrated creatures and environments.
* Alison Bechdel (who also writes the webcomic ''ComicStrip/DykesToWatchOutFor'') illustrated her autobiographical graphic novel ''ComicBook/FunHome'' by taking pictures of herself in costume to use as source images, which she then based her illustrations off of.
* Some comic strips, especially in the annuals, in both ComicBook/TheBeano and Comicbook/TheDandy make use of this trope. Usually only in one story, not the whole comic, and involving cartoon characters interacting with the photographs.
* The sci-fi story ''Doomlord'' had its first story arcs as a fumetti (1982-?); then changed to a traditionally-drawn comic-book when relaunched in 1991.
* ComicBook/{{Urbanus}}: The album "De Hete Urbanus" was done in style of a photo comic.
* When ''ComicBook/{{Eagle}}'' was relaunched in 1982 all of the strips (apart from ''ComicStrip/DanDare'') were photo comics as Fleetway attempted to cash in on the success it had had with girls comics in this format. The book later reverted to traditional drawn strips.


[[folder: Magazines ]]

* The UK girl's magazine ''Girl Talk'' would do short photo-comics in most issues in the late 90s/early 00s, featuring a CelebrityStar - naturally, these were usually flash-in-the-pan stars completely unremembered nowadays, like Peter Andre (although he's now a famous reality star) or Lolly.


[[folder: Webcomics ]]

* ''Webcomic/MyMilkToof''
* ''Webcomic/TerrorIsland'' has each character represented by a playing piece from a board game, except for the cat, who is played by an actual cat.
* ''Webcomic/IrregularWebcomic'' uses {{Lego}} bricks to act out a surprising variety of storylines.
* ''Website/BrickComicNetwork'' is ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin for the authors (and fans) of photo comics made using (mainly) LEGO bricks. The comics of active members include:
** ''Webcomic/LegostarGalactica''
** ''[[http://www.reasonablyclever.com/ Reasonably Clever's Brick House]]''
** ''Webcomic/TranquilityBase''
** ''[[http://www.dreamersink.com/ Genuine Draft]]''
** ''[[http://www.lq-comic.com/index.html Brickworld Saga]]''
** ''[[http://glomshire.thecomicseries.com/ Glomshire Knights]]''
** ''[[http://yolt.thecomicseries.com/comics/ Ye Olde Lego-Time Theatre]]''
** ''[[http://blocktales.thecomicseries.com/ Block Tales]]''
** ''[[http://bricksofthedead.com/ Bricks of the Dead]]''
** ''[[http://www.thebrickside.com/ The Brick Side]]''
** ''[[http://cafegruesome.thecomicseries.com/comics/first/ Cafe Gruesome]]''
** Other webcomics related to the project:
*** ''[[http://majestic7.comicgenesis.com/ Majestic 7]]''
*** The aforementioned ''Webcomic/IrregularWebcomic''
*** ''[[http://www.ianthealy.com/comic/ Adventures of the S-Team]]''
*** ''[[http://www.tabletownonline.com/ Tabletown Online]]''
*** ''Webcomic/HarryPotterComics''
*** ''[[http://www.legoville.co.uk/ Legoville]]''
* ''Webcomic/FabulandHousewives'' is yet another {{LEGO}} webcomic, but this time with characters from the Lego Toys/{{Fabuland}} theme.
* ''Webcomic/LegoSpaceTheComic'', giving Lego's popular Space toy line a story of its own.
* ''[[http://www.insecticons.com/insecticomics.html Insecticomics]]'' has ''{{Transformers}}'' toys portraying actual Transformers... that happen to be 6 inches tall and live in the author's house.
* ''[[http://www.leisuretown.com/ Leisure Town]]'' seems to be the Photo Comic equivalent to the BlackComedy.
* ''[[http://www.askdreldritch.com/comic.html Ask Dr. Eldritch]]''
* ''Webcomic/AlienLovesPredator''... really explains itself by the title, so.
* ''Webcomic/ASofterWorld'' is a comic with an absurdist and dark style of humour and a large stash of old Polaroid pictures.
* ''Webcomic/UnionOfHeroes'' is a webcomic from Germany whose authors imagine superheroes in the Ruhr area.
* ''[[http://www.neomonsterisland.com/ Twisted Kaiju Theater]]'' features a lot of ''Franchise/{{Godzilla}}'' toys, in all shapes and forms, and other monster and superhero action figures. And occasional soft porn. Not always work-safe.
* ''[[http://www.tfw2005.com/boards/transformers-funnies/171688-out-dead-land.html/ Out of the Dead Land]]'' is a photocomic about the end of the Transformers war, using only toys from the Transformers Alternators line. Lots of ''Nightmare Fuel'' and ''Crowning Moments of Awesome'' lies within.
* ''[[http://mckenzee.comicgenesis.com/ Sinister Bedfellows]]'' uses landscape photos for a surreal experience.
* The following webcomics use images made with Poser or DAZ Studio:
** ''Webcomic/TheEasyBreather''
** ''[[http://clark.freehostia.com/ Android: The Graphic Novel]]''
** ''[[http://www.anniemation.com/cats/cats1.html The Catpack]]''
** ''[[http://www.sunsetgrillcomic.com/ Sunset Grill]]''
** ''[[http://nikkisprite.com/ Nikki Sprite]]''
** ''[[http://nettserier.no/ascii/2007/09/19/ Adventures in ASCII]]'' (uses Imagine)
** ''[[http://kanirabaxter.comicgenesis.com/ The Adventures of Karina Baxter]]'' (uses 3D Studio Max)
** ''Webcomic/TheChallengesOfZona''
** ''[[http://www.dasiencomic.com/liberty/ Liberty: The American Girl]]''
* ''[[http://theshifterarchive.com/STORIES/ZuperiorityComplex/ Zuperiority Complex]]'' by Scott D.M. Simmons is the first Photo Comic to feature WebOriginal/JennyEverywhere.
* ''Webcomic/DMOfTheRings'' and ''Webcomic/DarthsAndDroids'' are retellings of the ''LordOfTheRings'' and the ''StarWars'' series, respectively, as TabletopRPG campaigns, and both comprise screen captures from their respective films strung together in sequence.
** ''[[http://www.drunkduck.com/Benders_and_Brawlers Benders and Brawlers]]'' is a comic directly inspired by these using screenshots from ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender''.
** ''[[http://check.animeblogger.net/nanoha-gamers-index/ Nanoha GamerS]]'' is another FanWebComic inspired by ''Webcomic/DMOfTheRings'', this time using screenshots from ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaStrikers''.
* Similarly, ''Demons and Damsels'' is a photo comic parody of ''Dawn of the Dead'', re-worked as an MMO.
* This is in this section only because it is a comic that is technically on the Web, but the annual {{Playmobil}}[=/=]{{Lego}} Advent Calendar adventures from ''[[http://www.x-entertainment.com/ X-Entertainment]]'' (don't worry, totally safe for work... mostly) is pictures of the said gifts from the titular calendars.
* ''[[http://www.bwish.com/caution-man.php Caution Man: Safety Knight!]]'' is a hilarious superhero-based Photo Comic acted out by author Martin Skarzynski and his pals.
** They called it a [[FunWithAcronyms Fully Live-Action Webcomic]].
* ''[[http://toptobottom.org/ Top to Bottom]]'', an LGBT(BDSM?!)-themed comic about rival night clubs.
* ''Webcomic/KimonosTownhouse'' is a webcomic about a [[MyLittlePony little pony]] named Kimono and her quirky roommate, Minty.
* ''[[http://www.attercap.net/ Attercap.Net]]'' uses a variety of minifig toys (notably Mini-Mates and [=PALz=]) in an office comedy.
* ''Webcomic/YuMeDream'' had a section of the comic where the author used photographs instead of drawing to [[spoiler:separate the DreamLand and RealLife]]
* ''Webcomic/MinionsAtWork'' features action figures (and {{Mook}} tropes).
* ''[[http://www.zedsjoesite.com/ Scale Wars]]'': An action figure photo webcomic featuring GI Joe, Star Wars, Marvel, DC, Indiana Jones, and the ever popular much, much more.
* ''[[http://www.trishtales.com/actionfigurediary/ Action Figure Diary]]'' is a photocomic set in an alternate universe where living action figures are sold as pets. The strip creator [[http://www.trishtales.com/actionfigurediary/index.php?itemid=9 owns two figures,]] and marries a man who also owns two figures. Strips involve the interactions of the four, and occasionally their human owners/'parents'.
* Abe and Kroenen: Two girls, a camera and a lot of action figures. Remarkable for their use of body language, considering one of the main characters dosen't really have a face (most of the time).
* ''Webcomic/MADHVinyl'' is a photo comic using ball-jointed dolls.
* ''[[http://www.nightzero.com/ Night Zero]]'' uses photos for all of its pages. However, these pictures are done as if frames in an action movie.
* ''[[http://www.flyingmanandfriends.com/ Flying Man and Friends]]'' uses a series of photographs for [[http://www.flyingmanandfriends.com/?m=20090923 this strip]]. However, it isn't usually a photo comic.
* ''Webcomic/POPSTAR5'' is a photo comic based on ''VideoGame/{{Kirby}}''.
* ''Webcomic/TheBrickTestament'' is a photo comic of Literature/TheBible, made with LEGO. It doesn't skimp on the less savory parts of that book, either.
* ''[[http://operationextermination.vacau.com/ Operation: Extermination]]'', yet another ''{{Transformers}}'' webcomic.
* ''[[http://thedugs.com/?p=96 The Las Vegas Tsunami]]'' from [[http://thedugs.com/ The Dugs- Baseball Webcomics]] began as a photo comic before switching media midstrip in [[http://thedugs.com/?p=408 this comic]].
* ''[[http://www.webcomicsnation.com/jacen/monstar/series.php Monstar]]'' is a partial example; the backgrounds are photographs, but the characters themselves are hand-drawn.
* ''[[http://www.rockpapercynic.com/littleworlds/ Little Worlds]]'' takes this premise to its extreme, calling itself a "photographic novel." The comic features actors who play the role of the characters, and uses three different photographers to capture scenes. The photos are heavily post-processed.
** ''[[http://www.rockpapercynic.com/ Rock, Paper, Cynic]]'', by the same author, frequently features photos and photo-manipulations.
* ''[[http://www.tinyghosts.com/ tiny ghosts]]'' Weekly photo-comic filled with robots, rag dolls, ballerinas, and melancholy humor.
* ''[[http://galleryoffreaks.thecomicseries.com/ The Gallery of Freaks]]'' is a gag-per-day comic that uses heavily manipulated photographs as the art.
* ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_Adventures_of_Queen_Victoria/ The New Adventures of Queen Victoria]]'' is a daily webcomic by Pab Sungenis.
* ''Webcomic/TalesFromThePit''
* Many HALO webcomics used a variation of this by presenting screenshots in comic form. Most notably the webcomic Reclaimer which may be the only one still updating regularly.
* ''Webcomic/SurvivingTheWorld'' does this, with the creator standing in front of a chalkboard with his comic for the day written on it.
* ''[[http://www.mspaforums.com/showthread.php?46501-RealityStuck-V-2 RealityStuck]]'' of MSPA Forum Adventures.
* ''Webcomic/EvenInTheDeepestHeartOfChaosAGlimmerOfOrderCanBeFound'' is a variant: The author takes random photos from Flickr, then writes captions that tell a story which links the photos.
* ''[[http://www.blurryrobot.com/ Blurry Robot Theater]]'' uses photos of action figures, as well as drawn artwork. It has a lot of robots, but it isn't very blurry.
* ''[[http://www.drunkduck.com/Pegwarmers Pegwarmers]]'' is a photo comic using primarily Marvel and DC characters, though it occasionally uses ''Doctor Who'' characters, ''Godzilla'' characters, ''My Little Pony'', or whatever the author happens to have lying around...but mostly superheroes. (Despite its name, very few of the characters used in the comic are considered pegwarmers.)
* ''[[http://www.bzpower.com/board/index.php?showtopic=11917&hl=%2Bguest+%2Bstar The Last Great Bzpower webcomic]]'' is just that, made of photo comics.
* ''[[http://eranuestroplaneta.com/category/defensores-de-carapachay/ Defensores de Carapachay]]'' is a webcomic illustrated with photographs of bootleg action figures of Marvel comics characters.


[[folder: Other ]]

* Terry Gilliam and John Cleese first met while doing a fumetti feature, laying the foundation for what would eventually become ''Series/MontyPythonsFlyingCircus''.


[[folder: Video Games ]]

* The graphic novel cutscenes of ''VideoGame/MaxPayne'' use edited, filtered photographs as frames.