Digital comics have grown from a curiosity to common part of the modern comics landscape, and today one of the most popular comics writers in the past fifty years is jumping into it in a big way. Announced via a press release, writer Alan Moore is spearheading a new project titled Electricomics, which will function as both a digital comics anthology and an open source "toolkit" for others to publish comics digitally.
"With Electricomics, we are hoping to address the possibilities of comic strips in this exciting new medium, in a way that they have never been addressed before," stated Moore in the press release. "Rather than simply transferring comic narrative from the page to the screen, we intend to craft stories expressly devised to test the storytelling limits of this unprecedented technology. To this end we are assembling teams of the most cutting edge creators in the industry and then allowing them input into the technical processes in order to create a new capacity for telling comic book stories."
The Electricomics digital anthology, which has no release date as of yet, will be led by Moore who is working with an unnamed artist on Big Nemo, a continuation of Winsor McCay's iconic character. Garth Ennis is partnering with Peter Snejbjerg is working on a World War One themed story called Red Horse. Longtime Moore collaborator Peter Hogan is writing a "modernist horror" titled Cabaret Amygdala, and Leah Moore and John Reppion are crafting a "slick" time travel story titled Sway.
Electricomics is being published under the company name of Orphans of the Storm, which is owned by Alan Moore and Mitch Jenkins, and will be edited by Leah Moore. The project itself is funded by the Digital R&D Fund for the Arts, which the app itself being built by Ocasta Studios.