WTF is a Motion Comic? We’ll Find Out When SPIDER-WOMAN Comes to iTunes.

As far as I’m concerned, one of the most interesting announcements to come out of this weekend’s New York Comic Con was the announcement that Marvel is getting into the “motion comics” business. Their debut motion comic will be Spider-Woman by Brian Bendis and Alex Maleev, and it will apparently be distributed through iTunes for a price yet to be determined.

Now, if you’re like me, you’re going, “What the hell is a ‘motion comic’?” What immediately springs to mind for me are a couple of cheesy He-Man videocassettes that my brother and I had way back in the day that, instead of being traditionally animated, were still drawings panned over and zoomed into in the style of Ken Burns. If that’s what this is going to be, then I want no part of it.

Listen: I’m all for seeking alternate methods of distribution for comic books. There are thousands—maybe millions—of potential readers out there who aren’t close enough to a local comic shop to become steady readers. So, yeah, I get that part. But, please, couldn’t we just get digital versions of comics as they are now? That’s what so intrigued me about the comics trading going on via BitTorrent a while back—they were just scans of the books that I could have picked up down at the store, had I any money—and that’s what I was hoping to one day see come to iTunes. Not this schlock.

What say you, constant reader?