Sunday, December 13, 2009

Mommy of All Hiccups - Scrolly Comic

For a little while now, John Kricfalusi (creator of Ren & Stimpy) has been posting rough cartoon storyboards on his blog. These, along with a few similarly formatted web comics I've seen, got me thinking: We ought to coin a term for web comics where you have to keep scrolling down and down and down. I'm suggesting "scrolly comics."

Scrolly comics have their advantages and disadvantages. You lose the beauty of artful panel arrangements. But there's something fun about just continuing to scroll down and down, as you reveal more and more of the story. They're also handy for posting on blogs, which are already set up for continually scrolling down.

As an experiment, I decided to take a 4-page, traditionally-formatted comic I drew recently and turn it into a scrolly comic. (You may have already read it HERE, in its original version, a few months ago.) Here it is in scrolly form:

Do you prefer the traditional version, or the scrolly version? It was easy to transform it, so it occurs to me that any old comic could be quickly turned into a scrolly comic, if anybody wanted to.