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I Made a New Fiend Today

I may be one of the last persons in the world to discover Amy Winfrey's series of web animations, Making Fiends but I can't be the absolute last one.

High Concept Summary: Remember that episode of the Twilight Zone with the boy who could make anything happen and had the whole town scared of him? That's Vendetta. She's paired up with an insanely optimistically clueless little girl with a heart of gold named Charlotte. It's cute, it's creepy and it's very funny.

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I agree, this is great. Better than any of the KeenToons.

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kjc's picture

Making Fiends is definitely Winfrey's best work. But if you like her style, you might also like her earlier stuff, Big Bunny at http://www.big-bunny.com and Muffin Films at http://www.muffinfilms.com.

She's a wonderfully strange woman, I must say...

Kelly J. Cooper
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Just curious to the saying, "not a webcomic". I have read some articles talking about the infinite canvas and the limitless boundaries on the web as storytelling devices. I know this is probably bringing up things discussed a hundred times but why isn't this a form of webcomic? Is it just because it is animated? Even tho it is named webanimation, couldn't that be a form of webcomic? Just wondering about web comic creators being locked into certain ideas or boundaries and all of that. If I am off base or ignorant just let me know.

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Fiends Are Not Comics Because....

Xaviar Xerexes's picture

To some this whole debate might be arbitrary and particularly on the web I think the distinction between video and comic turns into more of a sliding scale than an on/off thing. The key distinction in many comic artists minds is that animation is a series of cells (drawings) flipped in place (one location) to create the illusion of motion. Animation is really part of the larger medium of video. (Remember cartooning is a style - it can be used in both comics and video - cartoons do not equal comics)

Comics at least according to Scott McCloud's definition (and I'm recalling here so I'm not going to get it perfectly right) is a medium of multiple panels where a key aspect is the use of space on the page to create changes in time, etc. Others have defined it as a combination of text and pictures.

The reason why I say Making Fiends is not a comic is because it really makes no use of what is broadly agreed to be a "comic." Which is not to say any comic that employed animation would suddenly not be a comic.

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