We are excited to announce that BOOM! Studios is now on the Madefire app!
All your favorites and ours including Adventure Time, Lumberjanes, Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, and Irredeemable, and fun new titles like Joyride, a series about stealing a spaceship and kissing the Earth goodbye, and Goldie Vance, written by NYT bestselling author Hope Larson and drawn by Brittney Williams of Marvel’s Patsy Walker AKA Hellcat!
Jim Henson, Clive Barker, Shannon Wheeler, Regular Show, Planet of the Apes, Over The Garden Wall, Wild’s End, and on and on. Did we mention we were excited?
Check out Lumberjanes
Take a peek at Joyride
See a preview of Goldie Vance
Madefire partnered with the producers of Alan Tudyk, PJ Haarsma, and Nathan Fillion’s hit web series Con Man to produce a Motion Book of the comic “Spectrum” – the show within the show.
Con Man, which stars Tudyk (Firefly, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story) with Fillion (Firefly, Castle) as actors from a canceled cult sci-fi show, is a comedic look at the wild world of fandom and conventions. Spectrum, is the cancelled TV show that launched their characters’ careers. In the comic, a vicious attack from an alien invading force devastates the globe, but the prophetic dreams of Captain James Raaker warn that the suffering has just started. Humanity’s last hope is escape in an untested spaceship built by a madman.
The four-issue “Spectrum” series from Con Man Productions debuted on Free Comic Book Day, May 7th, 2016. The first “Spectrum” comic book order was over 100,000 copies. The comic series is written by Alan Tudyk and novelist/producer PJ Haarsma (“The Software Series”) with artwork by Sarah Stone (“Transformers”) and overseen by Shel Dorf Award-winning editor Shannon Eric Denton.
Commenting on the Motion Book project, Con Man star, and “Spectrum” comic co-writer Alan Tudyk said, “ In an attempt to save trees, the comic just got badass. We lived the world of Spectrum and wanted to build it out across multiple platforms. Comics are an excitingly visual medium. Plus, I wanted to get on a spaceship again with Nathan.”
Alan Tudyk and Nathan Fillion as Wray Nerely and Jack Moore on the “Spectrum” TV show set.
“With all of the action, intergalactic exploration and incredible space vistas in Spectrum, teaming with Madefire for the motion comic was a way to give the fans a spectacle worthy of this incredible property!” – PJ Haarsma
The first season of Con Man is now available on Vimeo, Amazon, iTunes, and DVD/BluRay. Season two will debut in late 2016 on the new subscription streaming video service from Comic-Con International, and Lionsgate – Comic-Con HQ.
According to Madefire CEO Ben Wolstenholme, “The ‘Spectrum’ Motion Books are stunning. Highly kinetic and totally different to reading print, perfect for a company breaking new media ground.”
Motion Books are an interactive reading experience created with Madefire’s Motion Book publishing tool. They offer a benchmark digital reading experience complete with music, motion and sound effects. Motion Books create a cinematic reading experience that translates perfectly to comic books, children’s books, and any visual medium.
Overseeing production of Madefire’s “Spectrum” Motion Book was production manager Kevin Buckley, Evan Limberger did the build, with music composed and arranged by Wendell Yuponce, and sound supervision by Jerry Yamashita – rounding out the team with sound effects were Colten Becker and Chris Faamausili.
Download “Spectrum” Issue 0 here from the Madefire Marketplace.
Today, we are very excited to announce the exclusive Motion Book release around one of 2016’s most anticipated game franchises, Overwatch: McCree. Beginning today and releasing weekly every Thursday, a new Blizzard/Activision character-based story will be available (8 in total) across Madefire’s suite of apps from Mobile to TV.
Madefire’s CEO Ben Wolstenholme commented on the announcement, “The gaming generation expects their stories brought to life for the screen. We’re thrilled to have Blizzards’ Overwatch Motion Book Series exclusively on Madefire.”
Overwatch #1 McCree: Train Hopper
Justice ain’t gonna dispense itself.
It’s high noon as McCree takes center stage in Train Hopper—the first in a series of free Motion Books that further illuminate the characters and world of Overwatch.
In “Train Hopper,” former Blackwatch operative-turned-vigilante Jesse McCree hitches a ride on a hypertrain to Houston in the hopes of skipping town and laying low for a while. But soon after the engine starts, he realizes his trip is going to be anything but “low profile.”
Written by Blizzard’s own Robert Brooks and illustrated by Bengal (Spider-Gwen, All-New Wolverine, Batgirl)
Download the Free Overwatch Motion Book
I’m Diego and before I became a developer for Madefire I was a Madefire user. Every two or three weeks I would grab my Nexus 10, load up the application and buy one of the many Dungeons and Dragons comics available on the the catalog (I’m a big D&D nerd). But that was it. I was all about print books. I did check a few of the free motion books available but the fact that they were not about franchises I knew about made me reluctant to spend money on them. This narrow mindedness meant that I missed out on a truly new experience until I became an employee (I now have access to all the books in our catalog, you should definitely consider applying!). I’m sure there are millions of readers missing out on this experience.
Reading a Motion Book is hard to describe. It’s not quite a movie, nor is it a printed book. If I had to describe the experience I would say that it’s like reading a novel you enjoy so much that you start picturing yourself as a part of the background. Motion Books create this immersive experience (especially when read on a television1) that is hard to get from other entertainment mediums. So don’t be like old Diego. Grab your mobile device, go buy the new Apple TV (or even better an Android TV device) and check out one of the many Motion Books. I am sure that you will not regret it.
Diego J Medina
1. Madefire is now available on Apple TV and Android TV devices.