Building a parallax scrolling storytelling framework

  • Knowledge needed: Intermediate JavaScript, solid Photoshop vocab
  • Requires: Photoshop, jQuery, jQuery ScrollTo plug-in, jQuery Easing plug-in
  • Project Time: Somewhere between half an hour and many months
  • Support file

Reading MS Paint Adventures I had an epiphany: in this day and age, there is little justification in keeping comics within the constraints of early 20th century offset printing. No need for inked line art, or hand-lettered speech bubbles that compete with art for page real estate, no need to pack the drawings into grids of fixed dimensions and print them in multiples of four: those are all solutions to problems we no longer have. So, I took Scott McCloud's infinite canvas and upped the ante by throwing some JavaScript into the pot. The result is Hobo Lobo of Hamelin, a webtime story about a city, its scruples, some rats, a lobo, his woodwind and the stuff that goes down.

I would like to teach you to make a Parallaxer of your own, show you one way of drawing assets for it, and ultimately inspire you to trailblaze the internet storytelling frontier in your own direction.

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