Cited Works from “Storytelling in the Age of Divided Screens”

Animation, Comics, Electronic Literature, Games, Graphic Design, Interactive Design, Opertoon, User Experience
2/20/15

Here’s a list of links to works cited in my recent talk “Storytelling in the Age of Divided Screens” at Gallaudet University. Thanks to the Motion Light Lab for inviting me!.

 

Precision Targets launches; interactive comic and essay within a navigable cube

Animation, Announcements, Comics, Digital Humanities, Flash, Flex
4/29/10

Screenshot from Precision Targets

A screenshot from Precision Targets.

It’s been a long time in coming, but I’m very happy to announce the official launch of Precision Targets, a collaboration with scholar Caren Kaplan that uses a hybrid comic/essay format to explore the militarization of everyday life through technologies like GPS. Precision Targets places the user inside a cube containing six parallel stories told through interactive comic panels that are married to threads of commentary by Kaplan.

Precision Targets was my first collaboration with illustrator Ezra Claytan Daniels, and my first experiment with digital comics. Each story consists of four panels which can be browsed by rotating a cube. Individual panels (some of which contain animation and interactivity) can be entered and navigated with the mouse. Every panel has associated commentary by Kaplan which can be expanded by clicking “more”. Clicking “more” again further expands the commentary to a full-screen view for more in-depth reading, making it possible for users to switch between visual, textual, or hybrid reading modes at will. (Be sure to try adjusting the window size; the piece will adapt to whatever aspect ratio you like.)

One element of the project that can be easily missed is the Index, a force-directed SpringGraph visualization of the image and textual elements that make up the piece (you can access this feature by clicking “Menu” and then “Index"). You’ll see the individual graphic elements that make up each panel linked together in an interactive network diagram—to my knowledge, the first time a visualization like this has been applied to the individual layers of comic book panels (feel free to correct me if I’m in error).

This project was conceived before the current “motion comics” trend, so I’m very curious what people will think of the approach, which takes a different tack than most works labeled as such.

 

Ruben & Lullaby now available on the App Store!

Animation, Announcements, Comics, Fun, Games, iPhone, Opertoon
1/15/09

Screenshot from Ruben & Lullaby

A screenshot from Ruben & Lullaby.

Well, almost exactly six months after I got my iPhone, I’m happy to announce that Ruben & Lullaby, my first game for the iPhone and iPod touch, is now available on the App Store. Ruben & Lullaby is the first of a planned series of “opertoons"--stories you play like musical instruments--and I’m very excited about how this project has turned out. Many thanks to Ezra Claytan Daniels, who did the wonderful illustrations for the project and has been a great collaborator along the way. Thanks also to beta testers George Loyer, Mitchell Whitelaw, and Greg J. Smith for invaluable feedback.

You can learn more about Ruben & Lullaby at www.opertoon.com or head directly to the App Store for your hit of motion-controlled narrative goodness!

 

All completed episodes of Chroma now posted on YouTube

Animation, Announcements
1/14/09

Wanted to report that all of the completed episodes of Chroma are now available on YouTube thanks to the efforts of Kyle Taylor, who’s been a fan and supporter of the project for years. Even though interaction is obviously a major component of the piece, I’ve gotten a number of requests over the years for straight video versions of the chapters to be exhibited at various events, and have been happy to oblige. If you’re not in an interactive mood, don’t want to install Shockwave, or just want a quick taste of the piece, check out the Chroma playlist Kyle has put together--and be sure to click the “High Quality” link for the best experience. Thanks Kyle!

 

New version of Swing, the Wii Remote typographic karaoke Flash experience, to debut this Saturday

Animation, Announcements, Events, Flash, Flex, Fun, Interactive Design, iPhone, LA Flash, Music, Typography, Wii
12/5/08

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For those in the Los Angeles area, stop on by LAFlashapaloozastock III in Venice this weekend for a full day of Flash goodness, including the debut of a new version of Swing. Swing has evolved into a typographic karaoke experience—we’ll use online services to stream your choice of song, download the lyrics, and get you waggling your way to Wii happiness. I’ll also have a number of “tuned” song/lyric combinations for you to play (yes, your dream of finally seeing a type animation of every single “ee-oh-oh” in Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic is about to be realized).

I’ll also be handing out postcards and generally talking up my upcoming iPhone game “Ruben & Lullaby,” which should be released in the next few weeks and has already garnered notice in TouchGaming. For more information visit opertoon.com.

Hope to see you there at LAFLashapaloozastock!

 

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