Tomato Can Blues, A New Kind Of "Pop Up" Motion Comic For The New York Times

Tomato Can Blues by Mary Pilon and Attila Futaki is a short story, illustrated by comic book panels, with what appears to be a new motion feature.

As the reader moves up and down the page, the perspective of the panel seems to change, the foreground gets pushed away, or shifts from one side to the other, it resembled the movement of a pop up book somewhat, dependent on your scroll of the page, just as the pop up depends on your turn of the page.

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Its an interesting technique that uses the web browser itself to generate the limited animation on the panel, rather than any kind of app, and it's also being used in a rather public-facing place. The reader is still in control of the movement and, yes, I spend a fair few second wiggling it back and forth with semi-hilarious results.

But it's another tool in the webcomic toolbox being given rather large exposure, courtesy of the New York Times website.

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Head writer and founder of Bleeding Cool. The longest-serving digital news reporter in the world. Living in London, father of two. Political cartoonist.

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