Any thoughts on Moonstone’s “Wide-Vision” way of doing Books?

#1 Posted by TerryMcC (426 posts) - - Show Bio

Any thoughts on Moonstone’s “Wide-Vision” way of doing graphic novels?

It was introduced in 2006 and they’ve used it with a number of their Phantom productions, as well as their “Return of the Originals” such as The Spider, Domino Lady, and others.

Basically instead of being a familiar type comic with panels and word balloons Wide-Vision consists of a text novella above and below a wide strip of art that runs down the middle of the production. Sometimes there is a different piece of art on two facing pages, sometimes one runs across both pages. 

I’ve only seen one, The Battle of L.A., to me it was more like reading a short story with a lot of illustrations rather than a comic.

Interesting way of doing things.

#2 Posted by kartron (533 posts) - - Show Bio

So far I have looked at The Phantom Legacy and the Law and I felt it is a nice new kinda interpretation. The only undesirable thing would be lot less text and lettering. So the pictorial illustrations should be extraordinary. Art should be exceedingly impressive - only then such a wide vision books will be successful sell for publishers. Not sure how Moonstone got response for such books but as far as I can see they are not so much popular compared to our regular trade paperbacks/ hard covers. Probably artists like Alex Ross can make an awesome wide vision artist. He may make it far more successful with his photo-realism technique.

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