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New software sinks threshold for making comics…with an iceberg

Movie2Comics makes comics for you

Making comics is hard, pesky work. It takes hours and hours to draw a comics page (and forget about all that plotting and writing dialogue), cutting down on the precious time you could spend on the PlayStation or catching up with your Netflix queue. Or it used to.

Now – if your comic is an adaptation of a movie, anyway – Meng Wang, professor at the Hefei University of Technology, and his colleagues have created a new software called Movie2Comics. Using clips from movies and a file of the film’s script, the software automatically creates – without any artistic, er…”manual” intervention, Wang stresses – comic panels of varying sizes in a cheapass Photoshop filter…I mean, “cartoon style”. Though Wang acknowledges that the software could be used by curious hobbyists who just want to dink around with it, he also points out its benefits for professionals as well, since it way cuts down the time and expense of – you know – actually creating comics.



Greg Land Art Kit?

Looks like it would make for a clever iPhone app to turn videos you make into comics. But entire Hollywood movies? Not worth the bother.

Hmmm…. stretching out scenes long after their effectiveness?

Clearly this is the secret engine behind DC’s new 52.

(But, in all seriousness, I could see how this could be fairly useful in storyboarding.)

Hmmmm, I don’t think John Henry has to worry too much about that new-fangled steam drill quite yet.

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