2009 : Shining Bright
Merry Christmas, and welcome to our first holiday season Prelude! Another
first you may have noticed here are the animated background elements.
We aren't planning on incorporating this feature into every weekly Prelude,
but wanted to try something fun and experimental for the holiday edition.
I rather like how it came out, and will look for opportunities to include
animated flourishes down the road in other seasonal Preludes. As for the
idea behind this strip, I have no idea where it originated from... It
was one of those magical comics that seemed almost to write itself. All
it took was combining All Spirits' Eve lights with Namah, and she really
handled the narrative from there.
Liz: We sort of figure that starting simple on the animations for now
(lights, snow, basic effects) will eventually snow-ball out of control
as we create seasonal holiday comics until by the fourth or fifth one,
Whip is literally flying around the page and the other orphans are reenacting
the ending to A Charlie Brown Christmas. And maybe some sound
the image files prevent us from animating on the normal archive-ish Preludes
for now, which is probably a very good and healthy thing for us. But well
figure out a way. And when Namah is kicking Bill off the side of the screen,
youll know we found it. The strange thing about subtle animated
clips in webcomics like this, is that they feel special to me. I know
the web is full of videos, moving animations on sites, flash, gifs, emoticons,
etc., but for some reason little things like this feel candid and sneaky,
like my brain forgets that its all been done before. And to look
closely at the screen in case I missed one. I sort of hope other folks
are inspired by this and start doing little background animations to their
comics. And then toss me a chewy treat. Nom nom nom.