Garth Ennis, Colleen Doran, Nicola Scott and More Join Alan Moore's Electricomics

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After news broke yesterday that there would be a launch today for something called Electricomics from famed comics and film writer Alan Moore, this morning's official announcement shed a bit of light on the project, including the involvement of a number of notable comics creators in the initial wave of new content. Garth Ennis, Nicola Scott, Jose Villarrubia, Pete Hogan, Peter Snejbjerg, Colleen Doran, Paul Davidson, Simon Bowland and Todd Klein are named in the launch. Moore will be the face of the project, an app that is both a comic book and an open source toolkit for comics creation. Moore and company hope that being open source and free, the app has wide potential not just for industry professionals, but also businesses, arts organisations and of course comic fans and creators everywhere.

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"Personally, I can't wait," said Moore. "With Electricomics, we are hoping to address the possibilities of comic strips in this exciting new medium, in a way that they have never been addressed before. "Rather than simply transferring comic narrative from the page to the screen, we intend to craft stories expressly devised to test the storytelling limits of this unprecedented technology. To this end we are assembling teams of the most cutting edge creators in the industry and then allowing them input into the technical processes in order to create a new capacity for telling comic book stories. "It will then be made freely available to all of the exciting emergent talent that is no doubt out there, just waiting to be given access to the technical toolkit that will enable them to create the comics of the future." Electricomics will launch as a a 32-page showcase with four very different original titles: Big Nemo - set in the 1930s, Alan Moore revisits Winsor McCay's most popular hero Cabaret Amygdala - modernist horror from writer Peter Hogan (Terra Obscura) Red Horse - on the anniversary of the beginning of World War One, Garth Ennis (Preacher, The Boys) and Danish artist Peter Snejbjerg (World War X) take us back to the trenches Sway - a slick new time travel science fiction story from Leah Moore and John Reppion (Sherlock Holmes - The Liverpool Demon, 2000 AD) Electricomics will be self published by Moore and long time collaborator Mitch Jenkins as Orphans of the Storm, and funded by the Digital R&D Fund for the Arts. As a publicly funded research and development project, Electricomics will be free to explore the possibilities of the comic medium, without the commercial constraints of the industry. The app will be built by Ocasta Studios, who create apps for the likes of Virgin Media, Vodafone, Harveys and The Register. They are excited to be making their first foray into the world of comics. The research team will be led by Dr Alison Gazzard, who has published widely on space, time and play in interactive media, and is a Lecturer in Media Arts at the London Knowledge Lab, Institute of Education. Joining her, Daniel Merlin Goodbrey is a pioneer in the field of experimental digital comics and senior lecturer at The University of Hertfordshire. Moore's daughter Leah will edit the project, having created the 150 page digital comic The Thrill Electric for C4 Education in 2011.