(210) Responsive Web Comics, building an open framework for comic creators for deploying content

A session at Mozilla Festival 2012

Sunday 11th November, 2012

2:30pm to 5:30pm (GMT)

In this session we'll be taking the 'concept' of responsive design and adding the complexities of comic script / writing / illustrations/ colouring and apply this to webcomics. This is a practical exploration, taking an idea to prototype. A look at the world of digital and print comics, then kickstarting a new framework / format, and a new way of publishing/constructing these stories. Hacking / Design & Discussion involved.

Session Notes will be available to be made and added to a group etherpad here: https://capow.etherpad.mozilla.o...

The session will aim to tackle several identified problems in producing a comic publishing tool, this will be done as groups and prototypes/hacks created along these lines :

  • Explore layout concepts of deploying sequential art/storytelling in the new medium of digital devices/tablets and screens.
  • Explore/think about solutions to typography and script direction through responsive design workflows.
  • Explore, discuss and hack semantic HTML in the context of sequential art / storytelling.
  • Think about audio and how that can play a role in webcomics and the synchronised multimedia. (does popcorn.js enable this?)
  • Use an open source web comic Vision Machine (Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial Share-Alike) as exercise material and see how it can be developed into a responsive web comic, with some of the identified problems of the session ( I have visual assets, that we can hack with).
  • Tackle Lettering/Ballooning issues.
  • Explore Parallax Scrolling requirements
  • Look at the infinite canvas.
  • Look at / discuss real world examples of web comics stretching the boundaries.


  • The start of a framework that any comic creator (writer / and / or artist can use to deploy their own comic vision/story in a format that is responsive and utilises the modern browser.
  • Contribution and development of | the framework on github
  • A small core working team that continues to iterate and improve the concepts / framework / tool.
  • Get comic industry input and feedback.
  • Lots of fun engaging web comics created
  • Learning new ways of storytelling through text/image through our computers.
  • Opportunity to join a github open source project to continue its ongoing development with web comic creators

About the speaker

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Ketan Majmudar

Freelance Web Designer/Developer (spiritquest.co.uk), Bassist & Photographer (3D & 2D). Co-founder www.twical.net, Co-Organiser London Titanium User Group

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  • Ketan Majmudar

6 trackers

  • Adam Cohen-Rose
  • Cristiano Betta
  • María Yáñez
  • Miguel Paz
  • Melinda Seckington
  • VisualizingPalestine

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Mozilla Festival 2012

England England, London

9th11th November 2012

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Time 2:30pm5:30pm GMT

Date Sun 11th November 2012


2. Floor, Ravensbourne

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