Joshua Chace is creating Interactive Comics
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Hey I'm Josh! I am a comic creator interested in exploring the future of digital comics. How you may ask? Well its from inspiring concepts like Scott McCloud's "infinite canvas", a stellar example of said concept by Stevan Živadinović in his webcomic "Hobo Lobo of Hamelin", and Marietta Ren's touch screen app "PHALLAINA"; that I've created my own prototype and now a new passion for creating sequential art in what I've called: Interactive Comics!

Check out my prototype called "Full Plate - Interactive Comic" on Google Play!


"Interactive" in the sense that it is a comic exclusively designed for interactive media, like touch screen devices. These comics can have access to everything these devices can do, such as touch controls, 3d infinite space, sound, motion, programming, etc! The possibilities are endless! In fact, its a bit overwhelming! So overwhelming that the reason this sort of thing hasn't been explored more is because comics tried and failed at this once before.

I believe comics failed its way into this digital realm when "motion comics" became a thing. When comics introduced animated panel transitions and voice acting it really stopped being comics at that point and started being film/video, just in the aesthetic of a comic book. Then that was about it with any big attempts at redefining comics digitally. Webcomics with gifs and complicated website design was the peak of digital comic innovation it seemed. Worst of all, most people cling to the page and panel format for dear life when traversing these strange digital lands.

Comics need to be read. Motion comics failed spectacularly at this. If there is any point in which you are "watching" the comic then it ceases to be one. The reader needs to be in control, or at least in illusion of being in control, of the realm of time surrounding the reading. That's why voice acting doesn't work. That's why seeing panels fly in and out doesn't work. A digital comic still needs to BE a comic. Many attempts transitioning comics into the digital realm have lost "being a comic" along the way.

There needs to be a reason for comics to be on these devices too. It needs to utilize the 3d infinite space, or the sound design, or the programming. In my prototype and the examples above, the comics reinvent themselves in the media. Panels and pages aren't necessary, thus they are completely absent! Touch controls allow the user to read instead of watch their way through the digital space! Sound that isn't time sensitive, like looping background music and contextual sound effects, can live inside the reading without interfering. Best of all, these devices are portable and easily developed upon using user-friendly software such as Unity! We exist in a time where working on comics this way is universally available to us all!

So I've come to Patreon to ask for support in exploring this concept of Interactive Comics in my next project!
Alignment: A Tabletop Story!





Alignment: A Tabletop Story is similar to my prototype project "Full Plate" with using parallax scrolling and sound design. This time, however, its cartoony, in full color, and aimed to be more pulpy with word bubbles and such!



Its a story that blends tabletop role playing games into modern life. Think of it as "Ed, Edd, n Eddy" meets Dungeons and Dragons with the parody styling of "Monty Python and the Holy Grail".



I'd love to see comics catch up to film and video games in the use of technology. It would be amazing with any support you could give. These Interactive Comics are my passion and I haven't been able to shake thinking about this concept 24/7. Support from you would be going directly into that passion and I can't think of anything more dear to me than that sort of help.

Thanks!
Joshua Chace
https://www.joshuachace.com/

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Immortalized in Credits
$1 or more per month 0 patrons
You get my thanks and will be remembered as a supporter in future credits sequences!
Goals
$1 of $1,000 per month
With this goal met I'm in the clear financially. At the moment I'm hit hard with student debt and bills but with $1000 a month I can really swing all of my time into this stuff. This is THE goal to hit!

The result? More content, faster, and better!
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Hey I'm Josh! I am a comic creator interested in exploring the future of digital comics. How you may ask? Well its from inspiring concepts like Scott McCloud's "infinite canvas", a stellar example of said concept by Stevan Živadinović in his webcomic "Hobo Lobo of Hamelin", and Marietta Ren's touch screen app "PHALLAINA"; that I've created my own prototype and now a new passion for creating sequential art in what I've called: Interactive Comics!

Check out my prototype called "Full Plate - Interactive Comic" on Google Play!


"Interactive" in the sense that it is a comic exclusively designed for interactive media, like touch screen devices. These comics can have access to everything these devices can do, such as touch controls, 3d infinite space, sound, motion, programming, etc! The possibilities are endless! In fact, its a bit overwhelming! So overwhelming that the reason this sort of thing hasn't been explored more is because comics tried and failed at this once before.

I believe comics failed its way into this digital realm when "motion comics" became a thing. When comics introduced animated panel transitions and voice acting it really stopped being comics at that point and started being film/video, just in the aesthetic of a comic book. Then that was about it with any big attempts at redefining comics digitally. Webcomics with gifs and complicated website design was the peak of digital comic innovation it seemed. Worst of all, most people cling to the page and panel format for dear life when traversing these strange digital lands.

Comics need to be read. Motion comics failed spectacularly at this. If there is any point in which you are "watching" the comic then it ceases to be one. The reader needs to be in control, or at least in illusion of being in control, of the realm of time surrounding the reading. That's why voice acting doesn't work. That's why seeing panels fly in and out doesn't work. A digital comic still needs to BE a comic. Many attempts transitioning comics into the digital realm have lost "being a comic" along the way.

There needs to be a reason for comics to be on these devices too. It needs to utilize the 3d infinite space, or the sound design, or the programming. In my prototype and the examples above, the comics reinvent themselves in the media. Panels and pages aren't necessary, thus they are completely absent! Touch controls allow the user to read instead of watch their way through the digital space! Sound that isn't time sensitive, like looping background music and contextual sound effects, can live inside the reading without interfering. Best of all, these devices are portable and easily developed upon using user-friendly software such as Unity! We exist in a time where working on comics this way is universally available to us all!

So I've come to Patreon to ask for support in exploring this concept of Interactive Comics in my next project!
Alignment: A Tabletop Story!





Alignment: A Tabletop Story is similar to my prototype project "Full Plate" with using parallax scrolling and sound design. This time, however, its cartoony, in full color, and aimed to be more pulpy with word bubbles and such!



Its a story that blends tabletop role playing games into modern life. Think of it as "Ed, Edd, n Eddy" meets Dungeons and Dragons with the parody styling of "Monty Python and the Holy Grail".



I'd love to see comics catch up to film and video games in the use of technology. It would be amazing with any support you could give. These Interactive Comics are my passion and I haven't been able to shake thinking about this concept 24/7. Support from you would be going directly into that passion and I can't think of anything more dear to me than that sort of help.

Thanks!
Joshua Chace
https://www.joshuachace.com/

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You get my thanks and will be remembered as a supporter in future credits sequences!