In an interview with Subhajit Banerjee in The Guardian, Alan Moore has been talking further about the Electricomics concept that he's launching. Although, he's brutally honest on his conception of the current digital comics scene.
"I've got absolutely no idea because I don't have any online capacity, no devices or tablets and to tell the truth I'm not really involved with the comics scene in any way."
The Guardian describes the project as "means of creation, with free open-source tools for writers to create their own digital comics, an app and a 32-page collection by writers such as Peter Hogan and Garth Ennis joining Moore himself to show what the tools can do" though Moore talks down the desire to do too much, stating that
"comics are a technology that "works upon the hardware of the human brain, the software of the human mind," Moore continues. "They are already creating these virtual effects. So avoiding whistles and bells would be one of the first tenets that digital comics should try to stick to."
Ocasta Studios' Ed Moore, technical lead (and no relation) is clearer on what can be done.
"digital obviously has a huge number of extra capabilities over a flat printed piece of paper which are not being taken advantage of; the fact that you've always got the mobile device (and the app) with you, you can navigate in so many different ways, it can talk to the backend servers and so on."
And Leah Moore (yes relation),co-writer of one of the more accomplished digital comics to date, The Thrill Electric, is editor of the project. Moore talks about his own project with Colleen Doran, Big Nemo, a tribute to Winsor McCay's Little Nemo.
"The way he was already suggesting animated movement upon a motionless still page would make his technique the most broadly applicable to this new way of presenting comics"
We get a rundown of the creators, Cabaret Amygdala by Peter Hogan and Paul Davidson, Red Horse by Garth Ennis and Peter Snejbjerg and Leah Moore and John Reppion with Nicola Scott on Sway. And a couple of sideswipes, first against the current form,
"Why would a 13-year-old bother reading a comic book when they have these different devices and the comics are being made not for them but for40 to 60-year-olds who are actually reading them?"
And against superheroes.
"Surely this contemporary passion for superheroes, unless it's as immortal as Thor himself, will have its day… Nothing lasts forever. Romantic poetry didn't last forever and that was bigger than the Beatles!"
You know what? I think I'm going to give this a go… the only way to see what all the fuss is, is to try it out.