not too much web documentation of national lampoons foto funnies. the series usualy involved a nude woman dropped in to some mans world situation. the format was a photographic interpretation of comic strip (funny paper or funnies) story frames. by this time in the early 70's underground comix and doonsberry * had helped re established an adult interest in the serial frame comics reading format. i offer this posting in connection to sally mccays recent academic style essay on GIF art. in connection to GIF etymology in general and specifically LM's mention [ "I find viewing films frame by frame much more formally interesting than looking at the perfect illusion of motion that they result in." ] of her GIFs distance from animated cinematic smoothness. rather a jumpy connected rhythm of readable narrative. a sort of splitting the difference between unique ideas established per (comic strip) frame and the cinematic ease in viewing of a full rate of fps ** film experience.

* there were many soap opera / adult interest type series runing in daily news papers ie steve canyon and apartment 3-d.

** muybridge
- bill 9-26-2009 3:01 pm

My recollection of Foto Funnies was a running series where a very large breasted woman sat naked in bed with writer Chris Miller and the two had conversations about sex and stuff. Classic early '70s material--open and taboo-breaking but what we'd now call sexist.
- tom moody 9-26-2009 3:32 pm [add a comment]

exactly - some one online mentioned a dinosaur quality but sexist (with voice bubbles) is more to the point.
- bill 9-26-2009 3:35 pm [add a comment]

I'm stealing this shit for a grant application, thanks Bill.
- L.M. 9-26-2009 6:52 pm [add a comment]

also see storyboard
- bill 9-26-2009 7:02 pm [add a comment]

If I had a genie lamp I'd wish for back issues of all the National Lampoons. Then Omni. That said, I've never been capitvated by filmic or photo-comics. They always seem boring to me, like, why use up that whole frame just for a photo? They feel like rip off, like there isn't enough going on visually. I'm not actually that keen on graphic novels either. But comix - yeah yeah yeah. This is why I love the work of Scott Carruthers (the Canadian one, not the UK one) which simply does not document well. Follow the link and picture standing in a room full of it, floor to ceiling, all four walls.
- sally mckay 9-26-2009 11:00 pm [add a comment]

re: storyboards. If it ain't moving, it ain't moving, from a neurological point of view. We have brain cells that just register motion. And if they're not firing then we're not perceiving motion. Gotta wonder about the power of imagination, however. Having seen motion before, and seeing something that evokes motion, surely you'd at least get a motion-like experience and maybe, hey, maybe those little motion neurons might even get going. Another project for the fMRI gurus to take on.
- sally mckay 9-26-2009 11:21 pm [add a comment]

in the extreme (storyboard) the connected action falls apart as pure flip book or convincing movement. too much contiguous information removed (or not added) between frames. point taken about imagined infill. really minimal or economy [ examples: a b c] cartoons barely hold together. but we watched them over and over on b and w tv sets.
- bill 9-27-2009 2:23 am [add a comment]

- bill 9-27-2009 2:42 am [add a comment]

i liked little nemo

- Skinny 9-27-2009 11:06 am [add a comment]

isn't it apartment 3-g?
- steve 9-28-2009 3:32 pm [add a comment]

right you are. apartment 3-d would involve special glasses for everyone.
- bill 9-28-2009 3:55 pm [add a comment]

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