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When was the last time a comic surprised you? Really surprised you?

If you’re using a javascript enabled modern browser, give this link a click and scroll down to read.

Neat trick, hunh?

This is one of those interesting cases where the insertion of motion (or the illusion of it by hijacking the scrollbar) doesn’t automatically tear at the fabric of the medium. It still feels like comics, because that static juxtaposition is maintained (a bit like comics that use looped motion).

Hope others will give it a try. Adding the ingredient of reader presence to the mix could open up a lot of interesting possibilities, especially for genres like horror which thrive on keeping the reader at least partially in the dark.

[via reader Noah Easterly, reddit, and others]


Discussion (34)¬

  1. BozoDel says:

    It suddenly violates the reader’s control…

  2. Noonie says:

    I like that technique. That is the first time I have ever been actually freaked out by a comic. Not even movies startle me like that. That just opens the floodgates if others apply it.

  3. Charecua says:

    Alright mister Scott. THAT SCARED THE CRAP OUT OF ME! I screamed and almost fell off the chair! Even my workmates got startled and looked at me like this: O_____O

    That was fun!

  4. Steven says:

    How did you guys scroll down? I’m getting the sense that it didn’t work for me the same way.

  5. Autumn says:

    Figures. My friend sent this to me yesterday, telling me that it was ‘really funny’. Of course it scared the crap out of me. I’ve experienced screamers before, but this was definitely the first time I’ve seen one used quite that well.

  6. jdjtbgs says:

    that was a really interesting and eye-opening way of waking me up this morning. pretty cool and innovative and AWESOME!

  7. 4LS says:

    Very clever!
    Also, made me jump out of my skin.

  8. Hmmm didn’t do anything special for me either – unless you mean the several shots of the same thing, first the head turning round, then the figure getting closer. Not sure what’s so brilliant about that . . . And I thought I had javascript. Maybe not.

  9. I saw this post when I was at work and thought if I should take a look. I’m glad I didn’t, it’d be embarrassing. :P

    I wonder if I should be glad I can’t read the text either. I don’t think it can be less scary with narration…

  10. Marc says:

    I read the intro by Scott. I probably did NOT understand really what was behind that description. Moved to the link, scrolled down slowly and carefully to avoid potential injuries.
    This shock when you lose control of your navigator, and the strange sounds…
    So, after my first heart attack, I thought that no one would make fun of me twice. And guess what ?! :)
    The end is terrific/terrifying!

    This approach is amazing and really steps out of the crowd, especially for this genre.
    It was really fun ! Thanks !

  11. JNgaio says:

    That’s so cool! It was interesting when I scrolled back up, the animation had broken up into a long sequence of the images which originally made the animation, it now read as a regular comic with some really drawn out action shots which was kind of nifty in its own right!

  12. Matthew Marcus says:

    Thanks Scott. That scared the shi*t out of me. Both times.

  13. DeBT says:

    I’m reminded of another webcomic that used something similar.
    http://www.pholph.com/strip.php?id=5&sid=1048
    http://www.pholph.com/strip.php?id=5&sid=1049
    http://www.pholph.com/strip.php?id=5&sid=1050

    The actual animation doesn’t start until the 3rd page, and it might seem no different from the second page, but just wait awhile…

    There’s a bunch of subtle allusions that might not be picked up on by short-term readers, such as every story ending with an “TTFN” (Ta-ta for now), and a spawn-like eye, but that shouldn’t distract from the overall enjoyment of the story. Like the above, it’s almost impossible to imagine being done in dead tree form.

  14. Kat says:

    OKAY should not have done that alone at 5 am…. That was terrifying! Now I have to share it with my friends and freak them out!

    • Mber says:

      After seeing the previous one, I’m too scared to get past the 3rd panel of this one. Is it just as pants-shitting as the one Scott posted?

  15. Paul says:

    Oh s#..aving-cream,
    What a nice heart-stopping experience …

  16. Thomas Childress says:

    I want this translated, I don’t even really like anime/manga.

  17. I’m scared to go to the page again even though I know what’s coming. Jeepers, that worked really (too) well.

  18. Will Kirwan says:

    I hope I can sleep tonight after that (I probully won’t).

  19. Harry says:

    The scare produced by this ‘webcomic’ has nothing to do with comics… Why don’t you go and make a movie if you want effects like this…

  20. MagicalMadge says:

    Thanks.

    And I’m home alone too…

    XP

  21. Angie says:

    Characters speak here!
    The same artist again.

    http://comic.naver.com/webtoon/detail.nhn?titleId=63454&no=59

  22. 나 한국인이다

  23. cooldas says:

    The ghost asks the girl, “Where is my baby?”
    and the girl points far away, hoping the ghost will go away from her.
    Ghost: He’s not here!!!

  24. 457748 says:

    Using Google Translator

    That cartoon is a horror comic
    Yeah, scary is that

    That South Korea’s cartoon site

    Http://comic.naver.com/index.nhn go here

    More comics will come

    Koreans came over here to see Scott’s book is a

    I do not know what Google translate well;;

  25. Sean says:

    There are so many up and coming artists/film makers/graphic novelists in Korea right now who aren’t afraid to utilize a lot of methods and approaches that are considered unorthadox in the west. I think Koreans are now at the peak of a cultural revolution in art that started quite a few years ago, and it’s exciting to be here to witness it. You should definitely try to make it out here sometime soon ;)

  26. Maddie says:

    Hahaha oh my god
    That. That made me shit myself. I am now too scared to continue on the comic :T

  27. santiveron says:

    AAAAHHHHHHHHHAAAAAAAHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!
    +1 to the guy that said “i’m scared to go back to the page”, totally…
    it’s midnight and i’m home alone, damn. i’m just glad i’m 24 years old now, if i was a few years younger (not many, 20ish would be enough) i’d still be scared

    i think i actually said ‘woah’ out loud. i grabbed my chest.

    i guess… thanks? SO looking forward to share it with my friends now

    ps COMIC CRITICISM: i think not understanding what’s written actually makes it scarier…

  28. santiveron says:

    SHIIIIIIITTTTTTTTTTTTTT i continued reading, looking between my fingers… (that is, purposefully blocking most of my view)… and i still got really scared by the second scare

    even though i KNEW there’d be a second scare

  29. santiveron says:

    oh, this is great, i’m having a hard time navigating the rooms of my empty house now. just wanted to get up from the computer and grab a soda… geez

    still kinda grateful, hadn’t been scared in a long looong time

  30. gluestick500 says:

    http://comic.naver.com/webtoon/detail.nhn?titleId=350217&no=31

    they made an English Version for foreigner.
    you guys don’t have to try to understand Korean Language.