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Marvel Getting Into The Motion Comics Game

Could we start seeing more and more of these?

Motion Comics.  I get the impression a lot of people around here aren't too crazy about them.  I'm not against the concept.  I mentioned what I thought of the Batman: Black & White Motion Comics.  I think, if done well, they can be pretty cool.  It almost seems to be cheaper, especially when you consider that they put in more production with voice actors, music and such.

The New York Times quoted Marvel Editor-In-Chief Joe Quesada on this.
"It became very, very evident to me that as technology moves forward, there will come a day where we'll be able to not just create animation based upon our comic books and our characters and stories that we've told, but there will come a time when eventually we'll be able to take existing comic art, the flat, static art, and be able to animate it," said Marvel editor-in-chief Joe Quesada. "So [now] we can put out a product that is not quite a comic book and not quite animation, [but] a wonderful hybrid that incorporates all of our great talents."
The biggest complaint I've heard is that it looks like a cheap cartoon.  It's not meant to be a cartoon.  Like Joe Q said, it's a "hybrid" of animation and comics.  And what about the rising price of $3.99?  I hate to break it to you, but eventually comic prices will go up.  It may appear that Marvel is taking the lead with the jump but others soon will either because Marvel's getting away with it or because they actually have to. 

How much are you willing to pay?  Will there come a point where you would consider paying less for a digital format instead?  I don't think at this current moment, digital comics will replace the traditional format.  But there may come a time where we'll have to face that possibility.  For now, I look forward to these digital/motion comics.  X-Men and Spider-Woman will be the first Marvel comics to get the digital treatment.  A release date or price hasn't been announced yet but I am looking forward to it a bit.
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Posted by Hawk

$3.99 Is fine if it's a good comic......DarkHawk at $4 pissed me off!

Posted by fanbla72

that Batman motion comic looks dope in the review.

my biggest issue with this new format is that you don't get the benefit of being able to trade them.. or do you?

on price, generally:

there are costs involved in producing a comic.

those costs increase, likely in line with inflation.

the sale price goes up in response.

life is tough.

Posted by Mr Mofo

Comics have been around a long time now.  I can't see them being replaced with today's technology.  It's a neat idea but I'm not sure about having to rely on my iPod.  I'll have to see how this turns out.

Posted by The_Martian

I saw this one G4 today. If its not to much I might get it.

Posted by danhimself

i got the watchmen motion comics and the only reason i disliked them so much was because of the terrible voice acting so if they get some talented voice actors to the "book" then i'll get them

isn't the black panther bet series pretty much a motion comic?

Posted by G-Man

I think the Watchmen was only one voice actor?  The Batman one had a few.  It's all about how they do it.  I'm curious to see what the Spider-Woman one will be like.

Posted by danhimself

i think you're right about was just one guy doing all the the spider-woman going to be original stories or just her upcoming series redone as a motion comic?

Posted by Slinger

Bendis talks about Spider-Woman and the future of the medium in a Marvel podcast. HERE