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A Motion Comic is a digital comic that incorporates elements of animation to make it flow. In the web, they are also called Flash comics due to the use of Adobe Flash, and in Japan they are known as Vomic (Voiced comic).

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While these comics do not necessarily have to include either music or voice acting, these are the most well-known examples thanks to the motion adaptations of comics like Watchmen. Likewise, there are comics that are popular with fans, and these will create their own video adaptations with music and voice acting, thus turning them into a sort of motion fan comic.

The earliest known example of a Motion Comic is the animated adaptation of Marvel Comics, ''Marvel Super Heroes'', that incorporated movements and audio with panels from their own works, meaning people could see Jack Kirby works being dubbed over. Other comics likewise have been adapted for television including Invincible, Manga Bible, and other works.

There are three classifications for Motion Comics:

  • Motion Comics: these are digital comics that were created with this format in mind, hosted in the web as either web videos or webcomics, or created for a mobile app.
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  • Secondary Motion Comic: there is a use of motion comic but they aren't considered the main product. Popular for videogame cutscenes. In webcomics, motion is used for special content and is not the primary focus.
  • Motion Comics Adaptations: Exactly What It Says on the Tin. These are adaptations of comic books that were given movement and sometimes audio to be seen in television or the web. This classification also includes any fandub on comic books, which are popular with voice acting enthusiasts, or MMVs (Manga music videos).

The usage of speech bubbles in voiced Motion Comics depends entirely on the creator's decision. Some use them, others don't. Motion Comics in general are ruled by Limited Animation, but there are exceptions.

Do not confuse with Visual Novel or Interactive Comic.


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Motion Comics

Asian Animation

  • Pleasant Goat and Big Big Wolf has a magazine with comics featuring the characters. There's a series of motion comics based off of the physical comics featuring typical dialogue bubbles and comic book transitions.

Video Games

  • The entire game Comix Zone is about this, a creator of a comic book being trapped into it, and the stages (and the whole feel of this game) are just like motion comics.

Web Animation

  • Brightly Burning Ether by Blue Vertigo. While a majority of the action is presented in a very comic book-esque style, there are some bits of traditional animation as well.
  • Broken Saints.
  • Ore Wa Tomodachi Da, a Venezuelan manga-eske motion comic created by SNT studios. The work is known for Etcetera Group providing its voice actors and Cesar Franco (The Latin-American singer of Biggest dreamer from Digimon Tamers) providing the opening theme.
  • State of Syn is a motion comic webseries starring Jewel Staite and David Hewlett. The series aired on Hulu in 2013, with multiple episodes previewed on YouTube.
  • Spider Stories is an extended moving mural
  • Marvel Rising Ultimate Comics is a series of motion comic shorts in the Marvel Rising franchise.

Webcomics

  • DeviantArt has the Motionbook feature, but there are comics hosted in the Flash/Interactive feature as well.
  • The Waoow Comics website, founded in 2017, is a host for these kind of works.
  • Kid Radd was an animated comic that used GIFs for nearly every strip.
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  • The LGBT Cyberpunk comic Buying Time.
  • SWAP Ensemble has the occasional "animated" page starting with the last page of Day 8, in which the characters' portraits constantly change places with each other. Later "animated" pages are mostly fading effects.

Secondary Motion Comics:

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Video Games

  • The endings to both inFAMOUS games take to this style, as the game is styled like a comic book.
  • In the first two games of Max Payne, it's notable the use of motion comics to know the story instead of cinematic cutscenes, all with the Point of View of Max himself. Averted in the third game in which all the cutscenes are cinematic.
  • Both Metal Gear Solid: Portable Ops and Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker use interactive motion comics for their cutscenes. Both games were released for the PlayStation Portable.
  • The UFO endings of some Silent Hill games are animated in motion comic style instead of CGI cutscenes to Art Shift the style in something more comedic.
  • Sonic Chronicles, released for the Nintendo DS, use motion comics for its cutscenes.
  • Trauma Team has a strong comic book theming, even putting the menus and gameplay as panels. Naturally cutscenes take some liberties as well.
  • The endings in Twisted Metal 2 and Head On use this format.
  • An European 1998 CD-ROM of The Smurfs included animated versions of The Black Smurfs and The Flying Smurf, mostly recreating the comic panels with some added animation.
  • The Danganronpa series uses motion manga for The Summation of each murder trial, with the player filling out blank panels beforehand.
  • Shuyan Saga uses motion comics to present its story, and the game's art director, Daxiong, is a Chinese comic artist. Player choice is provided in the manner of a visual novel. (When Shuyan enters combat, however, gameplay switches to a 3D Beat 'em Up.)

Webcomics

  • Brawl in the Family sometimes used GIF animated comics in order to convey the joke easier. Certain special comics are often accompanied with a musical number, and later on were published in video format.
  • Dead Winter has some animated pages, like the one where Monday lights a fuel trail to blow up some bad guys.
  • Homestuck is a multimedia webcomic that incorporated animated GIFs pretty early, then expanded to include full Flash animations and browser-based video games.
  • Prequel includes some animated updates, as well as small video games.
  • Scott Kellogg sprinkles GIF panels in his 21st Century Fox webcomic, usually in discotheque scenes or when depicting a hologram. This gimmick has subsided since the Disco Volante arc, however.
  • The Bongcheon-Dong Ghost is a korean webcomic that uses motion to animate the titular ghost to Jump Scare the readers. It worked, as the comic became a popular subject for video reactions.
  • Unsounded occasionally features animation, most strikingly here, where it's used to show an example of teleportation.
  • Bob and George has a few animations in its webcomic.
  • The Dandy, after ceasing print publication, moved to a digital format and includes these sorts of comics.
  • Legend of Legendary Mighty Knight combines this with Art Shift; the soup the knight feeds to the dragon tastes so good the panel suddenly changes to a GIF of the shocked dragon superimposed over rapidly changing photographs of galaxies.

Western Animation

Motion Comics Adaptations (separated by properties)

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     Anime and Manga (Vomic) 
  • Karakuridouji Ultimo received a dubbed promotional vomic of the first chapter to promote the manga.
  • Katekyō Hitman Reborn! got a vomic adaptation of some chapters, with the anime voice actors reprising their roles. The vomic had 4 episodes, lasting only 3 minutes.

    Comic Books 

     Live Action 
  • Spartacus: Blood and Sand received a 4 issue miniseries published by Devil's Due. It was later adapted into a motion comic.

     Videogames 

     Western Animation 
  • The Voltron: Legendary Defender comics published by Lion Forge Comics were released as motion comics on Dreamworks's official Youtube channel.

 
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