Comic books 28 Feb 2008 05:43 am
I’m a sucker for anything in 3-D, so I grabbed a copy of the latest issue of Nick Magazine (March 2008) with a 3-D comics section even though, at age 39, I’m likely not in the target demographic.
The magazine comes in a sealed bag, the better to hide a special second 3-D mini-comic featuring SpongeBob SquarePants. All the eye-popping 3-D effects are by Ray Zone, the acknowledged master of 3-D comic books who has been orchestrating these effects for decades. I have several 3-D comic books in my collection — including my favorite, a Batman graphic novel with art by John Byrne — and Zone has been involved in all of them. (If you click on Zone’s name above, you can visit his website, which is in 3D if you wear the special glasses.)
The Nick Mag comes with a pair of paper 3-D glasses branded with the Post Fruity Pebbles logo. I felt a little self-conscious wearing them to read the comics, so I didn’t attach the earpieces, but just held the lenses up to my eyes like some European sophisticate. Snooty, but not above perusing the material, you see.
The issue has some 3-D advertisements mixed among the comics. The effects are awesome; each panel is like looking into a shadow box. Even word balloons are strategically placed in space to add to the overall effect. The only problem, at least for me, is eyestrain: It’s hard to read 3-D comics for very long without getting a whopping headache.
Still, a little pounding in the temples is a small price to pay for the joy of reading SpongeBob, the Humongoussons, Patty-Cake, Yam and others in 3-D. Get this for a kid in your life, or for the kid in you.