Comics Come To Magic Leap With New Series From Watchmen Artist

by Jamie Feltham • February 5th, 2019

Magic Leap One’s latest attempt to change traditional media takes aim at comic books. And it’s doing so with a little help from the artist behind Watchmen.

Madefire, a digital comic service that specializes in bringing books to new tech, is now available on the AR headset. We actually reported that the platform would be coming to the headset all the way back in 2017.

As you might imagine, the Madefire app projects virtual panels into the real world. But the platform goes a step further with what it calls ‘Motion Books’. These are 3D, moving panels that invite you to look at the action from different angles. It’s very different to reading a traditional book.

Madefire’s library includes books from major labels such as DC and well as indie projects too. As part of the release, the company is launching a new book from Dave Gibbons, the artist behind Alan Moore’s seminal series, Watchmen. The series is called Treatment. You can see Gibbons talking about the project in the video below.

Not only that, but the platform has a creative tool that allows you to publish books on Magic Leap without learning to code. Check it out if you fancy yourself to be the next big comic creator.

Madefire is no strange to immersive tech, though. Its app is already available on Gear VR. Will it ever replace the traditional comic book? We’re not so sure while VR and AR are in their current states. But as the tech improves we could definitely see ourselves building a virtual comic book collection.

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