Monday, December 11, 2006

For the Alias fan in mourning:

Check out Inanimate Alice. It's a spooky ongoing digital story conceived and published for the web, and it will suck you right into its tale about a girl whose father's shadowy work takes the family around the globe. There's an interview with the author in The Guardian. I was reminded of William Gibson's great Pattern Recognition, in which the heroine spends her spare time (and increasingly becomes consumed with) questing for "the footage," mysterious segments of film that show up in odd places and at odd moments on the internet.

For some smart thinking about how digital picture books might work read Jean Gralley's "Books Unbound."


Disco Mermaids said...

I saw Jean Gralley speak at a Society of Children's Book Writers & Illustrators event this past October. I think most members of the audience were a little skeptical when she started her presentation on digital picture books. But then she showed an example and we were pretty impressed. Reluctantly impressed, but still impressed.

- Jay

the hungry writer said...

I was at the SCBWI conf in LA and missed seeing her, darn. A local fiction editor turned me on to her site about nine months ago and I check in every once in a while to see if she has another installment. The China story is my favorite. She is masterful and able to keep the tension high. Spooky is right, but totally appropriate for kids. Thanks for the resource on digital picture books. I've wondered it's done.

Anonymous said...

Just to clarify... Inanimate Alice is by Kate Pullinger ( ) and babel ( ), not Jean Gralley!

rindawriter said...

I wonder why people are so suspicous, afraid, nervous around the word DIGITAL! So the world has gained new sorts of clever art techniques! Rejoice, say I, yea, again rejoice...and among those rejoicing, I am sure, are a lot of artists who no longer have to do four-color separation by hand, trace and retrace drawings by hand meticulously to get a drawing just right on smudgy tracing paper, and design, painstakingly, several prototype paintings with different combinations by hand, just to get the colors right,etc., etc. Just as long as artists continue to illustrate lovely, lovely, wonderful BOOKS..THAT'S all I care about...a good artist is a good artist is a good artist no matter the techniques used. Okay, now, having said all that, here am I, Adobe dum-dum retreating back to my trusty tracing paper....sigh...SOMEDAY, Adobe, I shall conqueor, someday..

Khylan Seriphyn said...

Sorry, but doesn't do much for me. Plus, I don't have the internet speed to match. And anyway, there is already flash movies and stories out there that is very similar. You know the youtube thing and all. But, it is interesting I guess. Would be better if they can keep the bandwith under 56k (without sacrificing quality). That'll be a challenge for them.

Honestly, nothing rivals a hardcopy book and good ole fashion film. Yes, yes, I'm a traditionalist.