Web Experiments, an 80-Foot Comic, and the South Korean Ministry of Defense

Some odds and ends, this being Friday.

Via Kickstarter, news of an 80-foot comic being created for Chicago’s Museum of Contemporary Art. It seems to be piggybacking on a somewhat old-fashioned idea of the contents of the “comic book medium” [*shudder*], but you gotta give ’em points for the form.

Via Randy Oest, the suggestion that these intriguing experiments with some emerging Web standards might be applicable to comics. It’s a good point. Anyone want to give it a whirl?

Finally, via Ed Spradley, news of the South Korean Ministry of Defense’s efforts to explain their position in the recent alleged sinking of a South Korean patrol boat by North Korea, using a non-fiction comic distributed to school children. The effort is getting mixed reactions apparently, but it’s certainly a striking reminder of how more fully-integrated comics are in the Manwha/Manga culture than here in the West.

Have a great weekend!

Discussion (5)¬

  1. Ecna says:

    Is that 80-foot performmance really a comic? All I saw was “comic inspired” and “hand illustrated shadow art”. Other than that it sounds like a shadow puppet show. Am I missing something?

    • Scott says:

      I’ll grant you, looked a bit fuzzy, but I figured I’d give ’em the benefit of the doubt.

      Also, typing the words “80-foot comic” just makes me happy.

  2. matthew h says:

    I’ve actually been to a performance of The Astronaut’s Birthday. I think the the closest analogue to it would be a motion comic (mostly comics sequences projected onto the building, with limited animation for some movement and the scene transitions). Worth at least checking out if someone’s in the area.

  3. I haven’t seen any copies of that comic at my school yet, but I’ll keep my eyes open.

  4. Scot Hanson says:


    Here’s a URL for viewing a version of the South Korean manga about the Cheonan – http://www.cheonan46.go.kr/96