Black Mask Studios is looking ahead to the wave of the future. They may trade in print (and digital) periodicals, but that doesn't mean they can't dabble in the technological arts from time to time. Their latest contribution to the ever-evolving world of technology is tubecomics--a new digital comics format--and Blackmast.tv, a YouTube multi-channel network that will serve as tubecomics' home. The format/platform duo is designed to encourage ad-supported binge-viewing of comics, a project developed by Black Mask co-founder Matt Pizzolo.
The Blackmask.tv network launches today with five initial series: the sci-fi actioner Ballistic, Ghostface Killah and RZA's horror odyssey 12 Reasons To Die, supernatural pulp adventure Five Ghosts, monster-hunter super-heroine series Hack/Slash and the animal-rescuing vigilantes tale Liberator. The network will post new episodes weekly and additional series monthly. Tubecomics replicate the panel-by-panel reading style of a digital comic, but do so in a video format that can be viewed on any device, adding voice narration and music to the package. Unlike motion comics, tubecomics do not add animation--Black Mask is placing an emphasis on tubecomics retaining the structural integrity of the paper comics' art and story.
"I think tubecomics offer an excellent opportunity to bring Five Ghosts, as well as the medium of comics in general, to a broad new audience without compromising our vision or our artistic interpretation of the work," said Barbiere. "It’s really great as a creator to have a media version of our work that is not reinterpreted, it doesn't subtract anything from the original artwork by Chris Mooneyham, but it can inspire YouTube audiences to seek out the comic and maybe even get out to comic shops every month."
Full press release below.