War In Heaven, a ‘motion book’ that I have produced with my friend, the artist Adrian Smith, is being released by Madefire on the iPad (and other iOS devices) today. The first episode can be watched here for free! All six episodes are now available (a first for Madefire!) either through the Madefire app on the Apple App Store, or else online through deviant art motion books.
The story is told using Madefire’s remarkable digital technology and animation. They have also added a brilliant score and sound effects. The end result (especially if listened to with headphones) is a compelling and immersive experience that lies somewhere between reading a graphic novel and watching a film.
With War in Heaven, Adrian and I have resumed a collaboration that goes back a long way. The images that he has conjured up are simply astonishing. You will literally never have seen anything like this.
War in Heaven is our retelling of John Milton’s Paradise Lost. Eve, a hero we have added, is a pregnant drug addict. She is drawn by Satan into his rebellion against God in Heaven. A brutal, epic war results that, despite her struggle to end it, can only end one way…