There’s a thriving community of indie comic book artists if you know where to look, but sadly, these artists rarely get the recognition they deserve. Madefire, the company behind the Motion Books publishing platform, has brought these artists to the spotlight with their mobile app, Madefire Comics and Motion Books.


By all intents and purposes, Madefire’s Motion Books are set to revolutionize the way we enjoy comics and graphic novels. The Motion Book Tool makes full use of the features awarded to us by technology today, replacing traditional sequential pages with a layered presentation that also allows creators to add everything from audio cues and effects to their work. Motion books also make use of the technology of mobile phones, with many of the pages controllable using touchscreens and accelerometers. With the makers of mobile gaming website Spin Genie saying that user bases of mobile phones and tablets have already exceeded PC and desktop user bases, and the popularity of digital comics continuing to rise, motion books should prove to be the new standard for the enjoyment of graphic novels in the future.

But while the technology had been limited to largescale publishers in the past, Madefire also introduced the tool to all members of the DeviantArt community, and the results have been astounding.

Madefire, which also sells print copies of comics and graphic novels on their online store, has allowed independent artists to showcase their work alongside bigger names such as DC Comics and Valiant. DeviantArt users have risen to the challenge, and Madefire cofounder and CEO Ben Wolstenholme has said that he’s, “also have been very surprised by what I’ve seen coming into our store from deviantART creators. It’s a very broad range [of graphic fiction].” Thanks to Madefire’s new app, it’s much easier to find and enjoy comics made by the independent artists of DeviantArt, who are able to upload their work for sale within minutes, as opposed to other platforms, which take months to review and approve work.

Some indie artists have already risen to fame thanks to the new mobile app. Polish deviantART users Anna Podeworna and Kate Redesiuk, creators of the beautiful motion book Milk for the Ugly have already seen their work of art gain 750,000 reads in the short span of time it’s been made available. The app does its job of showcasing new talent, and it does it well.

Jared Thompson
Co-editor and writer for Indie Minded since its launch and under its previous guise of The Tee Gazette. I also run popular design blog Design Juices.