What's that? Sick of reading comics online? Fed up of boring old print versions? Want to read comics in a new and exciting way? WELL NOW YOU CAN!
I'm very excited to announce that Thinktank Planetarium have asked me to create the first Fulldome (360-degree) Comic! At the moment we are trialling this strip from my new comic "At The Planetarium" which will be at the Planetarium with every pre-show at Thinktank right now!
The video below shows the way the comic will be shown with the panels orbiting the dome. I plan some full image comics for the dome next and some other space themed comic strips for people to enjoy before the show starts.
Traditional planetariums have a single star projector, but with a digital system the dome can be completely filled with colour and light (as shown in the image above!) This makes a perfect platform for a variety of film, animation, theatre and art shows....and now COMICS!
I've always been a big fan of Planetariums ever since my Mom took me to Liverpool Planetarium when I was little. The cover of my comic is actually based on Montreal Planetarium when I visited earlier this year. If you have never been to one before plan a visit for 2011! Thinktank Planetarium in Birmingham is the UK's most progressive digital planetarium and immersive theatre. Go join their Facebook group here or follow their twitter here for news of their upcoming shows.
Featuring a host of excellent artists including Gary Northfield, Rob Jackson, Dan Berry and Simone Lia to name a few! All put together by the fantastic Jim Medway. Go and subscribe and why not adopt an animal while you are there.
My story for the issue is about pandas- real ones and toy ones. Pandas are pretty grumpy in real life and also lazy. Go read the full story in issue one now!
I plan to update the comic much more frequently from today. Look a new comic has appeared already! oh boy! ...and another one! Where are they all coming from? My brain.
I also plan to sprinkle in a few strips from my sold out comics "Waiting For Sushi", "I Love Dinosaurs", "Party Animals" and the zines "A Unicorn Trapped Under a Rainbow, Crying", "Beautiful Candle Boy" and "Yum". This is just because I don't intend to ever get these reprinted and a lot of the content really sets up the characters so I'd like people to read them who missed out. I won't be putting all the content online because I don't want to offend anyone who has spent money on the comics- they will still be special because there are no more copies and some of the stories will be exclusive to the print copies and not appear on the internet. YUP. If anyone has any thoughts on this I'm interested. Or indeed any thoughts at all, do comment. Take a look at this guy- He's worth a comment surely!
Also, I discovered today that my new comic At The Planetarium isn't working in the online shop! This will be fixed by the end of the week so if you have tried to buy one please get in touch or try again on Friday.
I also realise that I still need RSS feed for the online comic- this will happen soon (think of it as your Christmas present- other than that I only bought you coal)