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Joe Quesada is comic book editor, writer and artist. I first learned about Quesada back in the early 90s when he did the pencils for X-Factor 87. I loved his cover of X-Factor 92 with a hologram of Havoc on it! Good times!
Well Gizmodo got to sit down with Joe Quesada to talk about technology and its effects on comic books in this video. You may or may not know that comics used to be huge! They still are with all the movies, video games and merchandise. However back in the 70s and 80s they were enormous and millions of people were reading comics. Now a popular book is lucky if it sells in the 100 thousands, or somewhere around that number. Anyway, Marvel, DC and anyone in the comic book biz is looking to digital publications to help reach more readers.
Now if you’re like me, someone who grew up reading comics, this might bug you abit. Does this mean no more printed comics? Not any time soon but I have been saying exactly what Quesada mentions in his video interview. I always tell people, “Kids are growing up with digital media and they’re gonna expect it to be a part of their lives.” So it very well may be that in 10 years or less we may start to see printed comic books disappear. Who knows. It’s sad but kinda inevitable and just my opinion.
Well comics are also being affected by technology in how they are made, which is what the video mostly focuses on and something I can be excited about. Comic books are being drawn digitally as well. At least the line of Infinite Comics by Marvel. Quesada shows off his Cintiq pen display. I so want one of these! I’ve used Wacom tablets before but I never fully got used to drawing on the tablet and looking up at the screen at the same time. With a Cintiq you draw directly onto the screen which Quesada demonstrates briefly.
If you have not tried out Infinite Comics you have to basically forget about a page full of panels. This style of comic you concentrate on one full frame (for the most part). Then text balloons or images begin to appear on that one panel to tell the story as you tap on the screen. Seeing it on a retina screen is amazing. If you have an iPad you can download the Marvel Comics app and purchase the Nova digital comic that was a tie-in to the AvX crossover Marvel is doing. It’s actually very well done and Quesada explains how the artist has more control over how the story is told. I don’t really like digital comics but after reading Nova in this “infinite format”, I’m will to give it a chance. Great video. Thanks Gizmodo!
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I started out years ago in print and have now designed in several mediums; including interactive experiences, as well as video and motion graphics.