The final in this series of live dispatches by if:book’s own Meg Vann from the O’Reilly Tools of Change Publishing Conference in New York City.
Last session from TOC 2013!
Firstly, a big congrats to the Startup Showcase winners:
Keynotes from Mark Waid: Thrillbent
‘It’s Valentines Day, and this is is my love letter to comics.’
Mark writes comics and graphic novels, and addresses the challenges they face going into digital media:
- Format leading the eye down the page in portrait style doesn’t work in landscape style ie on screens
- You don’t get the canvass as it was intended, nor is it taking advantage of the things digital can do – akin to reading a book or watching a movie through a cardboard tube
- Motion comics are the devil – mini things with voiceover, but not comics – cheap animiation that leads you by the nose through the story
The north star philiosophy about what makes comcs comics and graphic novels a unique reading experience is that you are in charge of the pace of reading.