The 11th Fantoche International Animation Film Festival held a half-day event in Baden, Switzerland on September 6 dedicated to the art of “Motion Comics”, and Upgrade Soul was in the mix. Given a focus on digital comics that mix “illustration, animation, sound, interaction and game design,” the event provided audiences a chance to find out more about this emerging medium through projects from Switzerland, The Netherlands, Germany, and the United States.
Ezra Claytan Daniels and Erik Loyer presented Upgrade Soul and joined a panel discussion with the individuals behind Monde Binaire, Wagnerwahn, and The Art of Pho, all excellent projects in their own right. Erik and Ezra brought a theoretical bent to their presentation, discussing the unique function of time in motion comics as well as thoughts on reader participation in narrative across multiple media. An exhibition at the DoK Gallery gave festival-goers the chance to experience all of the projects first-hand.
In the end, the event offered a great opportunity to showcase that “motion comics” aren’t just comics with extra bells and whistles, or animation produced on the cheap, but their own legitimate form deserving of exploration and study. Thanks to Christian Ströhle for assembling the panel, Fantoche for hosting the event, and the comics festival Fumetto for helping sponsor the proceedings.