Exploring the Many Worlds of Transmedia

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Transitioning to Comics: The Expanding Frontier

Transitioning to Comics: The Expanding Frontier

By on Dec 5, 2013 in Featured | 1 comment

A growing trend in multiple entertainment franchises such as television, film, and video games is to have comic book continuations/prequels/filler as part of their transmedia campaigns, which relates to tquattle’s article on Language as a Rabbit Hole, since such continuations pull fans into different parts of the story worlds involved. The trend also allows for many different kinds of creators to be involved in a franchise (e.g., a comic artist could be involved in a film franchise), encourages fan curiosity and serves as additional advertising. “Young Justice” (from the recent animated televisions series) and “Heroes” used their companion comics principally for filler content to expand on details presented in each show that were not given enough on-screen time. The “Young Justice” comic filled in gaps between episodes and explained certain references in the show, like Superboy’s hate of monkeys and the Terror Twins. The “Heroes” comics explained the backstories of several characters that appeared only briefly in the television series, like Hana Gitelman, who was referred to by her online alias in the television series and otherwise appears in only one episode of the series. In the graphic novels, we learn that she is actually well known to a large number of the “Heroes” cast, including Mr. Bennet, who recruits her for the Company and trains her for some time, treating her like a second daughter. Numerous franchises use comics as prequel and sequel mediums. “Avatar the Last Airbender” filled in content between its two series with two comic book trilogies. The first trilogy, “The Promise”, takes place shortly after the end of the first television series, and is a sort of epilogue for the show. Following “The Promise,” “The Search” was meant to answer the important question of what happened to Fire Lady Ursa, Zuko and Azula’s mother. This is a question that has haunted ATLA fans for a long time. The recent “Tomb Raider” (2013) video game is slated to have a comic continuation written by Gail Simone and set between that game and the next in the series. Comics can also introduce new fictional aspects for their story worlds that go back into the core franchise. The video game series “Assassin’s Creed” introduced Daniel Cross and...

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Tumblr: Creating Mini-Transmedia Fiction One Blog-Post at a Time

Tumblr: Creating Mini-Transmedia Fiction One Blog-Post at a Time

By on Sep 11, 2013 in Featured | 3 comments

Tumblr is one of the many blog sites available and popular on the Internet at the moment. One of its primary uses is to allow an ease of publishing for short content that can be reblogged or passed on to others to see. The website is easily a transmedia fiction platform, as blog posts allow the formation of transmedia fiction. A big part of this is because, similar to Reddit, the commentary on posts becomes an actual part of the post, while comments on many other blog and social networking sites can easily be ignored and can have little visible impact on the original story. The combination of multiple posts creates an shared story, often using multiple mediums. If you are not familiar with tumblr, tumblogs can be devoted to a number of subjects like cosplay portfolios, webcomics, art blogs, teaching history, cataloging sexism in comics, or just reblogging things you think are cool. Numerous professionals and companies also keep tumblogs to support their products and communicate with their fans and consumers (e.g., kellysue, gailsimone, kodanshacomics). Blog posts on their own can include a number of things, including pure text, music, videos, links to other websites, GIFs, pictures, fanart, fanfiction, and commentary of some sort on any of the above. As posts are reblogged and additions are made, they become a shared story and people can add any of the above onto the post. They can respond to a text post with links or add other commentary like their own personal experiences, answers to questions, questions for other writers on the post, jokes, puns, rants on the subject or a related subject, etc. Posters often take a video and GIF it with added text for humor or find the video a screenshot is taken from and GIF it. The array of options easily allows for multiplatform storytelling. Let’s look at an example post. I will be using screenshots of the post to focus on the different parts, but to see the whole post in better detail, just go here. This is a post that has been moving around tumblr for quite some time now. The original post is a group of pictures to show the RGB Colorspace Atlas by...

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