Fans of Invincible soon will be able to follow the adventures of Mark Grayson on iTunes, mobile phones, MTV2 and elsewhere.
The New York Times reports that MTV New Media is partnering with Gain Enterprises to produce the “digital cinematic comics.” That’s right, it’s not traditional animation:
The process starts with digital scans of the actual comic book pages. They are turned into an audio-visual experience through a process called Bomb-xx developed by Gain. In the end, the formerly two-dimensional comic book suddenly pulses with music, while word balloons pop up and fill in as actors recite the dialogue and panels zoom in and out and pivot in all directions. The frenetic energy is not unlike that of an MTV video.
Episodes 1 through 12 will cover the first four issues of the series, launched in 2003 by writer Robert Kirkman and artist Cory Walker (Ryan Ottley became penciler with Issue 8). The first six installments will be previewed next week at Comic-Con International, and then made more widely available beginning Aug. 22.
You can see a preview of the first episode here.