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Is this man about to revolutionize online comics?

Tonight’s video is the third and final part of “The Fundamentals of Space-Time” from TED-Ed (Previously: Part 1 and Part 2).

In the first two lessons of this series on space-time, we’ve dealt with objects moving at constant speeds, with straight world lines, in space-time. But what happens when you throw gravity into the mix? In this third and final lesson, CERN scientists Andrew Pontzen and Tom Whyntie explore what gravity means for space-time — or rather, what space-time means for gravity.

Lesson by Andrew Pontzen and Tom Whyntie, animation by Giant Animation Studios.

Comics auteur Alan Moore, creator of Watchmen, From Hell and many other classics of the field, is hoping to cultivate digital comics talent through launching a new open access toolkit for online comics creationThe Next Web reports:

Electricomics will be a free, 32-page digital edition featuring four titles. One of the titles, Big Nemo, will be developed by Alan Moore. The rest – Cabaret Amygdala, Red Horse and Sway – will be written by other writers and artists.

The initial announcement revealed precious few details about the open-access platform, but Moore has high hopes for its potential to develop up-and-coming comic book creators:

‘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.’

The venture was funded by the Digital R&D Fund for the Arts and will be produced by Orphans of the Storm, the film production company of Alan Moore and long-time collaborator Mitch Jenkins. The app itself will be built by Ocasta Studios, which has developed apps for Virgin Media and Vodafone in the past.

Thanks to M. Christian for yet another great link.

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