In the past I've shown you a couple digital comics ideas like Pablo Defendini's HTML5 based concept or Marvel's introduction of time as a story telling element. I've always been deeply interested in new ways to tell stories, and today I have a new one to share.
Ryan Woodward is currently working on Bottom of the Ninth, an SF/baseball graphic novel which is coming out next month. This graphic novel explores at least one concept that is new to me.
Ryan is keeping the frames that digital comics inherited from their print predecessor, but in place of static images he plans to replace some with animations similar to the GIF embedded above. Rather than just show a scene, some of the frames will show the scene being acted out. Others include panning, zooming, or other kind of motion.
Animated GIFs are an old webpage gimmick that fortunately has mostly died out.Their welcome wore out quickly because most GIFs were limited in file size and that limited how long they could run. Note, though, that this digital comic uses something like an animated GIF. That doesn't mean the animations will be GIF.
Check out the demo below for more info.
I'm not entirely sold on the idea but the demo does look interesting. Depending on how much thought went into this, it could be a fascinating read. I definitely think the first issue is worth buying just to look at.
You'll find the first installment in iTunes in May for iPhone, iPad, and new iPad.