Earlier this month, Black Mask Studios announced a new initiative to bring comics to potential fans who aren't necessarily going into comic shops. This new initiative is a products they call 'Tubecomics', which you can find, unsurprisingly, on YouTube, as well as the Black Mask Tubecomic site. With voice over and camera movement on many of the panels, they're not just videos of still comics. They're also not quite motion comics, not quite animation, not quite guided view... but they're a bit of a hybrid of all of the above. It's an interesting endeavor that's worth a closer look.
The problem with the direction that print retail has taken in the last few years -- with so much material being purchased online, and with so many direct market stores bagging and boarding books before putting them on the racks -- is that the idea of just picking up a book and flipping through it to see what it looks like seems a thing of the past. After all, it's
Tony Stark and Hugh Grant aren't the likeliest of enemies - they're both very public figures, have a lot of money, enjoy a cocktail or two, sleep with women under unusual circumstances - but maybe ol' Shellhead just doesn't much care for the actor's turn in "Bridget Jones' Diary