Comic books are coming to virtual reality, as motion comics publisher Madefire has launched an app for the newly-released Samsung Gear VR from Oculus. Expanding on the company’s proprietary Motion Books platform, these comic books have motion, sound, and now 3-D, 360-degree environments. The Motion Books available at launch are IDW’s Revolution, Framestore’s Somnia: Origins, DC’s Injustice: Year One, and Madefire’s own Mono: The Old Curiosity Shop.
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“Comics are such a powerful storytelling format,” said Madefire CEO/Co-Founder Ben Wolstenholme. “People learn to read through comics; people are transported to other worlds through comics. Comics are words-and-pictures, perfect for storytelling in virtual reality.”
This coincides with Madefire’s announcement that it had received $6.5m in Series B investment funding from actor Kevin Spacey, musician Drake, and strategic investors True Ventures, Big Loud Capital, Anthem Ventures, and Framestore Ventures.